Can You Name All of These Retro Cars?

By: Ian Fortey

Can You Name All of These Retro Cars?
Image: Pixabay by Vincent Ciro

About This Quiz

There's something to be said for that whole retro-cool feeling you get when you check out something from back in the day that stirs up all those nostalgic feelings. Whether you were around in that time period yourself or just feel a strong connection to it, retro just has a cool factor to it. That's why so much in style and fashion is cyclical. We get tired of something and then a new generation brings it back because it has charm and appeal that maybe some of us forgot about or got too accustomed to.

Now when it comes to clothes or home decorating, retro has its place; but when it comes to cars you're on a whole different level. Retro cars never really stop being cool. if anything, they get cooler just by being retro, just look at the original Mustang or the Corvette. The scarcity of them is part of it, but there's also something about the old-school design aesthetic that we've not managed to reproduce in the modern era, even with retro-inspired stuff. 

Any car fan worth their motor oil has to know some of the coolest retro cars, so why not show off your stuff by taking a drive down memory lane in this quiz?

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am "Smokey and the Bandit" made which car famous?
Buick Skylark
Plymouth Road Runner
Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
"Smokey and the Bandit" featured a '77 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, a car that defined the sports-styling of the late '70s and early '80s. Thanks to its appearance in several movies, especially "Smokey and The Bandit," and as a pace car in the Indy 500, it's been linked ever since with fast times and adventure.
Dodge Charger

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Chevy Corvette This may be the most recognizable sports car in American history. What is it?
Ford Galaxie
Mercury Cougar
Plymouth Road Runner
Chevy Corvette
In 1953 Chevrolet produced the first Corvette (shown here rolling off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan, on June 30, 1953) and set a standard for years to come. The Corvette has been produced for more than 60 years and is coming up on its eighth design generation. It's arguably the most popular sports car in history.

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Chevy El Camino Which of these vehicles was famous for being not quite a pickup truck and not quite a car?
Chevy El Camino
While some people hated Chevy's El Camino, it certainly inspired a lot of retro-designs later on as well. The El Camino has been around since 1959, and even in modern times, vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Cruz bear signs of inspiration from it.
Ford Falcon
Dodge C-Series
Studebaker E-Series Deluxe

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Ford Model T Which of these was the first mass-produced American automobile?
Bugatti Royale
Ford Model T
You don't get much more retro than Ford's Model T. Introduced in 1908, this was the car in many people's minds for years. Not "a" car but "the" car. Over 16 million of these were sold at a time when almost no other affordable competition had been conceived of.
Studebaker Commander
Chrysler Imperial

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1969 Boss 429 Mustang John Wick drove this car at the beginning of his first movie. Do you recognize it?
Chevrolet Corvette
Boss 429 Mustang
John Wick's 1969 Boss 429 Mustang is the car that started all the trouble for him in the movie and is one of Ford's most memorable Mustang models. The retro design of these classic Mustangs has been resurrected by Ford, and there's even a Classic Recreations 429 licensed by Ford.
Dodge Challenger
Chevy Camaro

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Porsche 911 Which of these cars has been in production since 1963?
Porsche 911
Few cars have reached the status of Porsche's 911, in production across six decades and barely changing its design at all in that time. The 911 has been used as a rally car, as a race car and of course just a production car for people who want to look sleek.
Hudson Hornet
BMW Z8
Mercury Sable

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Ford Thunderbird This car was a direct response to Chevy's Corvette. What was it?
Mercury Cougar
Pontiac Firebird
Buick Skylark
Ford Thunderbird
The Ford Thunderbird, better known as a T-Bird, was produced from 1954 all the way to 2005. The T-Bird evolved into a personal luxury car in 1958 when Ford added a backseat to the design, effectively creating a new market segment.

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VW Type 2 Do you know which one of these is closely associated with hippies?
Ford Econoline
VW Type 2
The VW Type 2 is known more often by the unofficial name of "VW Bus." Few vehicles exemplify not just the 1960s but, in particular, the hippie movement of the 1960s and early 1970s quite as well as this vehicle.
Chevrolet Greenbriar
Nissan Caravan

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Chevy Camaro Do you know which of these was designed to compete with Ford's Mustang a year after it came out?
Chevy Camaro
Since 1966, over 5 million Camaros have been sold, making it one of the most popular pony cars/muscle cars ever made. The modern Camaro got a huge profile boost when the writers upgraded Bumblebee from the "Transformers" movies from a VW Bug to a Camaro.
Ford Mustang
Buick Regal
Mercury Cougar

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DeLorean DMC-12 Which of these traveled to the past in "Back to the Future?"
Ferrari 250
Lamborghini Diablo
DeLorean DMC-12
The DeLorean DMC was only produced for three years in the early 1980s and now stands as an icon of a weird sort of retro-future cool design. It looked like the future in 1980 and now it looks like the future as seen from the past. Less than 7,000 DeLoreans still exist.
Koenigsegg Agera

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Dodge Charger This pony car was produced as a rival to the Ford Mustang and others like it. What is it?
Bentley R-Type
BMW Z8
Dodge Charger
Introduced in 1966 and then redesigned for 1968, the Charger is one of the most recognizable cars of the era, thanks to its constant use in pop culture. From the movie "Bullitt" to "Deathproof" to "The Fast and the Furious" and, of course, "The Dukes of Hazzard," the Charger has been around.
Lotus Elite

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Chevelle SS Which of these is one of the most iconic muscle cars of the '70s?
Chevelle SS
The Chevrolet Chevelle SS was Chevy's foray into the world of muscle cars alongside others like the Plymouth Barracuda, the Pontiac Firebird and the Oldsmobile 442. SS stands for SuperSport, incidentally.
AMC Pacer
Toyota Corolla
Ford Fairmont

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Alfa Romeo Spider Do you know this roadster that was manufactured from 1966 to 1994?
Porsche 911
Bentley R-Type
Alfa Romeo Spider
Maybe because it was featured in the movie "The Graduate," the first generation Alfa Romeo Spider has stood out as one of those retro cool looks that people can't forget. It still instantly screams the 1960s when you look at one.
Bugatti Veyron

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Lincoln Continental Which of these essentially created the "personal luxury car" segment?
Buick Regal
Pontiac Firebird
Lincoln Continental
Starting back in 1939, the Lincoln Continental created the luxury car movement by emphasizing comfort and style over performance. They were even used as presidential state cars by the Secret Service from 1961 to 1977.
Plymouth Road Runner

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Ford Bronco Do you know which of these was released as an off-road vehicle in 1965?
Jeep Wrangler
Hummer H2
Ford Bronco
Ford's Bronco was an early entrant into the SUV market back before anyone really called them SUVs. Proving that everything old is new again, even though Ford discontinued the Bronco line in 1996, 2020 is going to see them resurrected.
Chevy Silverado

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Chevrolet Bel-Air When this hardtop car appeared, it was one of the first to successfully market itself as a "convertible" with a non-detachable solid roof. What was it?
Chevrolet Bel Air
The Chevy Bel Air is one of those cars that just says the 1950s, and its aesthetic is inextricably linked to that era. With its high-powered V8 and distinctive '50s styling, it's a car you can't forget.
Ford Fairlane
DeSoto Custom
Plymouth Fury

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Cadilac Coupe deVille Some people called these cars land yachts. What is it?
Chevy Bel-Air
Mercury Cougar
Cadilac Coupe DeVille
There's a reason they call something luxurious the Cadillac of whatever field is being discussed. Cadillac is synonymous with top of the line, and the Cadillac Coupe DeVille was not just luxurious it was enormous. At over 20 feet long, you couldn't fail to notice one of these in the '70s.
Plymouth Barracuda

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Porsche 550 Spyder James Dean famously drove which of these cars?
Ford Falcon
Aston Martin DB3
Jaguar XK120
Porsche 550 Spyder
The Porsche 550 was made from 1953 to 1956 and only 90 were manufactured, making it an incredibly rare car. Fortunately, its design has inspired numerous retro tributes over the years, including the Banham Spyder kit car and French automaker's retro P550 that was obviously a clear tribute to Porsche.

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Austin-Healey 3000 This was a popular racing model in the 1960s. Do you know it?
Austin-Healey 3000
The Austin-Healey 3000 was a British roadster built from 1959 to 1967. It was a favorite at some of the biggest races in the world including Le Mans, Sebring and the Mount Panorama Circuit.
Mercedes-Benz AMG
Bentley R-Type
Porsche 911

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Lotus Esprit Which of these cars was known for its angular "folded paper" design?
Bugatti Type 35
Packard Eight
Lotus Esprit
The Lotus Esprit was very indicative of a certain blocky sort of style that became closely associated with a '70s aesthetic that remains popular today. Also, for a fun twist, there was an "aquatic" version of the car, made for the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me"!
Rolls Royce Merlin

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Hudson Hornet Which of these classic '50s cars was a huge favorite among stock car racers?
Ford Galaxie
Hudson Hornet
The Hudson Hornet had the same aesthetic as a lot of cars in the early '50s, but some key differences made it stand out. Notable was the lowered chassis, which gave the car a lower center of gravity for improved handling when racing.
Chevrolet Bel-Air
Pontiac Chieftan

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Datsun 240Z Do you know which of these was also called the Fairlady?
Nissan Leaf
Datsun 240Z
The Datsun 240Z was also marketed as the Nissan Fairlady in Japan; which is generally not the sort of name you'd expect for a sporty little coupe. Elsewhere, it was simply called the Nissan S30.
Honda Civic
Toyota Corolla

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Aston Martin DB5 Which of these cars was made famous by James Bond?
Porsche 330
Aston Martin DB5
The classic sophistication of the Aston Martin DB5 is what made it such a cool car for James Bond to drive in the movie "Goldfinger." He also drove one in "GoldenEye" and "Tomorrow Never Dies." "Casino Royale" also included a DB5. The DB5 shown here appeared in "Skyfall."
Mercez-Benz 460
Fiat 500

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Ford Pinto Do you remember which of these cars was involved in numerous lawsuits?
AMC Gremlin
Chevy Vega
Ford Pinto
The Ford Pinto is arguably the most memorable of the 1970s compact cars which included the Gremlin and the Vega. Though never a beauty contest winner, it was affordable and efficient. That was until it became embroiled in some serious controversy surrounding its safety concerns that resulted in deaths after rear-end collisions.
AMC Pacer

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Lamborghini Countach Do you know which of these featured an exotic design that started an "Italian Wedge" trend?
Lamborghini Countach
In 1974, Lamborghini released the Countach which is an easily recognizable design now, but back in the day it was something sleek, bold and very new with a cab-forward design to allow for a rear-mounted engine. Many modern sports cars still follow this design standard
Ferrari Modena
Fiat 500
Lotus Esprit

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Ferrari 275 Which of these came out in 1964 with a massive V12 engine?
Ferrari 275
The Ferrari 275 was a beastly automobile designed for racing. The vehicle has made numerous lists ranking not just top Ferraris but top cars of the '60s, and in 1967, Road and Track called it the most satisfying sports car in the world.
Ford Galaxie
Chevy Chevelle
Dodge Challenger

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Subaru Brat Ronald Reagan used to own one of these cars. What is it?
Subaru Brat
The name BRAT is actually an acronym for "Bi-drive Recreational All-Terrain Transporter" which is a bit of a mouthful. President Ronald Reagan owned a 1978 model until 1998. It's still at his old ranch in California.
Nissan Figaro
Hyundai Elantra
Honda Accord

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Mini Do you know which of these cars is closely associated with British culture of the '60s?
Toyota Corolla
Citroen C3
Mini
The Mini, also called the Mini Cooper and the Austin Mini depending on the year it was made or whether it was a rally car or not, is one of the smallest cars ever produced. It started production in 1959 and the marque has been used by numerous manufacturers. BMW currently makes the Mini.
Fiat 350

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Volvo P1800 Do you know which of these cars was driven by Roger Moore in "The Saint?"
Volvo P1800
The Volvo P1800 was a sports car produced from 1961 to 1973 back when Volvo was heavy into competing in that market. The company resurrected some of the style elements years later in the 2006 Volvo C30.
Volkswagon Karmann Ghia
Fiat 500
Citroen C50

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Fiat 500 This car first appeared in 1957. Do you know what it is?
Citroen C3
VW Beetle
Mini Cooper
Fiat 500
If you need any evidence of how appealing the retro look of the 1957 Fiat 500 was, look no further than the 2007 Fiat 500. Sometimes called the New New Fiat 500, the company brought back the design for a 50th-anniversary edition that went with old-school styling.

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Chevy Advance-Design After WWII, this redesign was billed as being stronger and sleeker than older models. Do you know it?
GMC Jimmy
VW Type 2
Ford Bronco
Chevy Advance-Design
Chevy's Advance-Design trucks were rolled out in 1947 and the same basic design was used for panel trucks, Suburbans, canopy express and cab overs. In the early 2000s, Chevy took a page from its own book and released the retro Advance-Design-inspired Chevrolet SSR.

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Talbot-Lago T150 CSS This vehicle is still prized for its teardrop design. What is it?
Talbot-Lago T150 CSS
Talbot-Lago was a French auto manufacturer that produced some of the sleekest looking cars of the '30s and '40s. They're hugely popular today among serious car buyers, and by serious we mean one sold at auction in 2010 for $4.6 million.
Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Bentley Continental
Studebaker Commander

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Jaguar XK120 Do you know which of these classic cars had an aluminum body on an ash wood frame?
Jaguar XK120
In 1948, cars like the Jaguar XK120 were handbuilt from ash wood and aluminum. By 1950, Jaguar had switched to steel frames which makes these models exceptionally rare on the market and highly prized if you can still find them.
Bentley Continental
Ford Vedette
Morris Minor

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Ferrari Testarossa This car debuted at the '84 Paris Auto Show. Do you know it?
DeLorean DMC
Ferrari Testarossa
The Ferrari Testarossa is emblematic of the luxury style of the '80s. Built not just for style but performance, the Testarossa came with a flat-12 engine and hit a top speed of nearly 200 miles per hour.
Lamborghin Diablo
Vector W2

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Ford GT40 Do you know which of these cars won at LeMans from 1966 to 1969?
Chevy Corvair
Ford GT40
Ford's GT40 was built to be a Ferrari-killer and stop Ferrari's reign as the winner of the race at LeMans, which it did. How influential is the retro design? Ford currently produces the GT, shown here, modeled after its '60s racer.
Pontiac Sunfair
Porsche Spyder

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Plymouth Barracuda Most people know what a Hemi engine is thanks to this car. What is it?
Plymouth Barracuda
The iconic Hemi 'Cuda set a standard for muscle cars that's still seen on the road today. Though the car first appeared in the '60s, it was the 1970 model that gave you the option of a 426 or 440 cu in Hemi engine that blew the competition away.
Dodge Charger
Mercury Cougar
Chevy II Nova

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Buick Skylark Which of these cars was nearly twice as expensive as comparable models that came out in 1953?
Cadillac Eldorado
Buick Skylark
The Buick Skylark was all about luxury with its fancy carpeting and Selectronic AM radio, which was a big deal in 1953 even if it wouldn't sell many cars today. Along with a Nailhead V8, it had the look and performance that's still impressive even today.
Oldsmobile 88
Ford Fairlane

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BMW M1 This car was originally supposed to be designed by Lamborghini but it backed out of the deal. Do you know it?
BMW M1
The BMW M1 was the first BMW in its iconic M series of cars. Though many of them were produced in later runs, the M1 is pretty rare and less than 500 were ever made. Like the Lotus Esprit, it uses that same angular design that really stood out in the late '70s.
Ferrari F40
Mercedes-Benz SLK
Aston-Martin DB4

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Mercedes-Benz 540k This old-school monster had a straight-8 engine and was introduced at the Paris auto show. What is it?
Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Bentley R-Type
Aston Martin DB2
Mercedes-Benz 540k
The Mercedes-Benz 540k was produced from 1936 to 1940 and was available as a cabriolet or a coupe. It had that sleek '30s style that was clearly the inspiration for Gatsby Coachworks' retro designs in the 1980s.

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Bugatti Type 57 C Which of these cars clearly influenced the design of the Plymouth Prowler?
Ford Galaxie
Ferrari 425
Bugatti Type 57 C
Bugatti had numerous designs for the 57 between 1934 and 1940, but the 57C racing car had a completely different frame and design that can be seen in the more modern retro-cool Plymouth Prowler. Less than 100 57Cs were ever produced.
Packard One-Ten

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