Can You Match These Cars to the Year the Model Debuted?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

Can You Match These Cars to the Year the Model Debuted?
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About This Quiz

Start your engines!

While the cars of today are primarily rounded and relatively spacious, if you go back to the early days of the newly burgeoning automotive industry, you'll realize that things were notably a bit different. Back then, styles were somewhat minimalist compared to what we have today. However, as the fledgling industry grew, so did the concepts that were a part of it. 

If you look at the automotive industry as a whole you can start to see patterns bot only in the appearance of the cars, but on the mechanical side of things as well. These things changed from decade to decade, or even from year to year. For example, when the Ford Mustang jumped onto the scene and became an unbridled success, it spawned the pony car craze. Suddenly, numerous manufacturers were adopting the style and introducing a slew of pony cars of their own.

 In this quiz, we've taken some of the most recognizable and interesting cars throughout history and gathered them together to see if you can correctly match them to their debut years! Put the pedal to the metal and let's get started!

Honda Accord Which of these years served as the introductory period for the highly acclaimed Honda Accord?
1973
The Honda Accord is a series of compact and mid-size cars that debuted in 1973. It has been both financially and critically acclaimed over the years and has most recently been named 2018 North American Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Car of the Year.
1957
1980
1953

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Ford Mustang The first pony car, the Ford Mustang, was introduced in which of the year?
1974
1987
1965
The Ford Mustang is a line of pony cars and muscle cars that debuted in 1965. It is the iconic model responsible for creating the "pony car" vehicle class.
1981

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Chevrolet Suburban Can you correctly identify the year in which the longstanding and iconic Chevrolet Suburban was first introduced?
1966
1985
1966
1935
The Chevrolet Suburban is a full-size SUV that debuted in 1935. It holds the distinction of being the longest continuous use automobile nameplate in the world, spanning over eight decades.

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Lamborghini Murcielago Do you know the year when the sleek and sporty Lamborghini Murciélago first debuted?
1978
1961
2001
The Lamborghini Murciélago is an Italian sports car that debuted in 2001. It is one of the most iconic sports cars in the world and 4,099 of them were produced between 2001 and 2010.
1964

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Toyota 2000GT In which of these years did the Japanese supercar, the Toyota 2000GT, make its initial debut to buyers?
2000
1967
The Toyota 2000GT is a two-seat, hardtop coupé grand tourer that debuted in 1967. It was technically a limited-production car with only 351 produced and it is regarded as the first Japanese supercar.
1974
1955

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Austin Healey 3000 When was the British-made Austin-Healey 3000 first introduced to the public?
1952
2007
1963
1959
The Austin Healey 3000 is a sports car that debuted in 1959 and was assembled in Abingdon, England. While it was popular in Europe, its success allowed a significantly considerable amount of them to be exported to North America

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Tesla Model S The environmentally friendly and "shocking" Tesla Model S made its initial debut in which of these years?
1991
2012
The Tesla Model S is a luxury, all-electric liftback car, that debuted in 2012. It is notable for being the second best-selling electric car (after the Nissan Leaf) in the world.
1997
1974

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Bugatti Type 57 Which of these years was the initial debut of the extremely rare Bugatti Type 57?
1934
The Bugatti Type 57 is a grand tourer (GT) that debuted in 1934. Only 710 were produced; it is incredibly rare today and highly prized by collectors.
1966
1940
1952

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Ferrari Enzo Can you figure out when the aptly named Ferrari Enzo made its initial debut?
1964
2002
The Ferrari Enzo is a mid-engine sports car that debuted in 2002. It is notable for being named after Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the company.
1999
1986

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Lotus Esprit In which of these years was the classic sports car, the Lotus Esprit, first introduced?
1963
1955
1944
1976
The Lotus Esprit is a 2-door sports car that debuted in 1976. It had a relatively lengthy production run that ended in 2004 with a little over 10,000 built.

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Porsche 911 Do you know when the critically acclaimed Porsche 911 was first introduced?
1973
1963
The Porsche 911 is a German sports car that debuted in 1963. It notably came fifth in the international “Car of the Century” poll and is still in production to this day, with over one million produced.
1989
1957

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Chevrolet Corvette When did the distinctive Chevrolet Corvette make its initial debut to consumers?
1953
The Chevrolet Corvette is a front engine, two-door sports car that debuted in 1953. It is widely regarded as being Chevrolet’s flagship car and is still in production with eight design generations.
1965
1929
1969

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Honda Acura NSX Which of these years served as the introductory period for the mid-engined Acura NSX?
1961
2002
1990
The Acura NSX is a two-seat, mid-engined sports car that debuted in 1990. It is actually identical to the Honda NSX and was only marketed as the Acura NSX in North America.
1962

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Bentley Blower The supercharged Bentley Blower was first introduced in which of the years shown here?
2001
1929
The Bentley Blower is a front-engine sports car that debuted in 1929. It is actually a variant of the Bentley 4½ Liter that featured a supercharged engine. Only 55 of this variant were produced (out of the total 720 units).
1948
1986

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Volkswagen Beetle Can you correctly identify the year in which the legendary and stoic Volkswagen Beetle was first introduced?
1967
1945
1938
The Volkswagen Beetle is a subcompact economy car that debuted in 1938. It is one of the most iconic cars in the world and is the longest-running car on a single platform.
1990

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Dodge Charger Do you know the year when the ever changing Dodge Charger first debuted?
1959
1983
1954
1966
The Dodge Charger is a car that debuted in 1966; however, the nameplate has been used for different classes; including full-sized sedans and subcompact hatchbacks. It is currently in its seventh design generation.

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Porsche 356 Speedster In which of these years did the premiere Porsche 356 Speedster make its initial debut to buyers?
1929
2012
1948
The Porsche 356 Speedster is a rear-wheel-drive sports car that debuted in 1948. It is notable for being the company’s first production automobile and it was designed by Erwin Komenda.
1961

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AC Shelby Cobra When was the streamlined and speedy AC Shelby Cobra first introduced to the public?
1962
The AC Shelby Cobra is a 2-door roadster that debuted in 1962. Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby American, was involved in a controversy that saw him being accused of counterfeiting his own cars.
1934
1990
1966

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Rolls-Royce Phantom II The luxurious and iconic Rolls-Royce Phantom II made its initial debut in which of these years?
1935
1938
1943
1929
The Rolls-Royce Phantom II is a luxury car that debuted in 1929. It is notable for being the last of Rolls-Royce's 40/50 hp models and only 1,680 units were produced.

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Mazda Miata Which of these years saw the debut of the critically and financially successful Mazda Miata?
1989
The Mazda Miata debuted in 1989. It is still being produced to this day, and is notable for being the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car of all time.
1976
1938
1980

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Audi Quattro Can you figure out when the iconic and hardy Audi Quattro made its initial debut?
1959
1952
1985
1980
The Audi Quattro is a line of rally cars and mid-sized cars that debuted in 1980. It entered the North American market in the 1983 model year, and production ended in 1991.

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Ferrari F40 In which of these years was the extremely fast Ferrari F40 first introduced?
2012
1987
The Ferrari F40 is a rear-wheel-drive sports car that debuted in 1987. Its run was deliberately scheduled to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the company, and it is notable for being the final Ferrari car that was personally approved by Enzo Ferrari.
1981
1929

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Acura Legend Do you know when the incredibly successful Acura Legend was introduced?
1974
1966
2002
1985
The Acura Legend is a mid-size luxury car that debuted in 1985. It had a 10-year production run and managed to hold its own in western markets.

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Jaguar E-Type When did the beautiful British-made Jaguar E-Type make its initial debut to consumers?
1935
1961
The Jaguar E-Type is a sports car that was assembled in Coventry, England and debuted in 1961. It was notably hailed by Enzo Ferrari as "the most beautiful car ever made."
1922
1948

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Dodge Viper Which of these years served as the introductory period for the proudly American-made Dodge Viper?
1992
The Dodge Viper is a 2-door sports car that debuted in 1992. It was once ranked within the top 10 of the list of “Most American Cars," which signifies that at least 75% of its parts are in the U.S.
1976
1955
1966

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Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was introduced in which of the years shown here?
1973
2018
2007
The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is a two-seater sports car that debuted in 2007. Upon being announced, the company obtained 1,400 orders for the car; however, they only managed to produce 1,000 units.
1938

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Porsche 959 Can you correctly identify the year in which the record-breaking Porsche 959 was first introduced?
1974
1965
1986
The Porsche 959 is a German sports car that debuted in 1986. It was notable for being the world's fastest street-legal production car, with a top speed of 197 mph.
1929

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Volvo P1800 Do you know the year when the iconic Volvo P1800 sports car debuted?
1992
1961
The Volvo P1800 is a rear-drive sports car that debuted in 1961. It is perhaps most notable for being driven by Roger Moore in the hit television series The Saint, a fact that contributed to its popularity.
1990
2003

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Datsun 240Z In which of these years did the extremely successful Datsun 240Z make its debut to buyers?
1969
The Datsun 240Z is a sports car that was produced by Nissan and debuted in 1969. It holds the distinction of being one of the most successful sports car lines ever.
2001
1974
1953

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Maserati 3500 GT When was the critically acclaimed Maserati 3500 GT first introduced to the public?
1967
1978
1957
The Maserati 3500 GT is a 2-door coupé that debuted in 1957. It was a highly successful car, which was produced until 1964.
1963

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Volkswagen Golf The Volkswagen Golf made its debut in which year?
1989
1974
The Volkswagen Golf is a compact car that debuted in 1974. It was once the bestselling automobile in the world (and still ranks within the top three) but that title has since been taken by the Toyota Corolla.
2000
1923

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Ferrari 365 Which of these years was the initial debut of the Ferrari 365?
1909
1999
2001
1966
The Ferrari 365 is a grand tourer that debuted in 1966. It was meant to replace the Ferrari 330 and 500 Superfast, and was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show.

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BMW M1 Can you figure out when the noteworthy BMW M1 made its debut?
2002
1957
1978
The BMW M1 is a 2-door sports car that debuted in 1978. It holds the distinction of being the first mid-engined BMW to be mass-produced.
1934

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 Lamborghini Countach In which of these years was the wedge-shaped Lamborghini Countach first introduced?
1948
1961
2012
1974
The Lamborghini Countach is a V12 sports car that debuted in 1974. It is widely regarded as being one of the most iconic Italian wedge designs in the automotive industry.

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Aston Martin DB5 Do you know when this Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5, was first introduced?
1936
1963
The Aston Martin DB5 is a luxury grand tourer that debuted in 1963. It is perhaps most famous for being an iconic Bond car, first appearing in Goldfinger.
2007
1959

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Citroen DS When did the extremely influential Citroen DS make its initial debut to consumers?
1938
1962
1967
1955
The Citroen DS is a front-wheel-drive executive car that debuted in 1955. In terms of design and performance, it had a significant influence on the automotive industry upon its release and in the years that followed.

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Ford GT40 Which of these years saw the introduction of the highly successful Ford GT40 race car?
1964
The Ford GT40 is a high-performance endurance racing car that debuted in 1964. It is notable for having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1966 to 1969.
1929
1951
2001

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Lamborghini Miura The rebellious Lamborghini Miura was introduced in which of the years shown here?
1990
1992
1966
The Lamborghini Miura is a sports car that debuted in 1966. It was designed by Lamborghini's engineering team, against the wishes of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini.
1985

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DeLorean DMC-12 Can you correctly identify the year in which this iconic failure, the DeLorean DMC-12, was introduced?
1981
The DeLorean DMC-12 is a sports car that debuted in 1981. The DeLorean DMC-12 became famous due to the Back to Future films; however, the DeLorean Motor Company proved to be extremely unsuccessful.
1953
1987
1965

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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Do you know the year when the stylish Mercedes-Benz 300 SL debuted?
1963
1980
1952
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is a grand tourer that debuted in 1952. It is notable for its distinctive gull-wing doors and rounded body style.
1973

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