Quiz: Can You Name the ’70s Car If We Give You 1 Fact and 1 Movie It Appeared In?: HowStuffWorks
Can You Name the ’70s Car If We Give You 1 Fact and 1 Movie It Appeared In?
By: Ian Fortey
7 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
When you think of the '70s you probably think of some of those classic '70s cliches like disco music, roller skates, and large, ungainly hair if you think of anything at all. It was also a decade of some pretty cool, fast-paced action movies and extremely awesome cars. Sure, some of them were less than memorable, both cars and movies, but a lot of them were very cool. In fact, some of the cars were so impressive they escaped the '70s and leaped onto the screen in the '80s, '90s and beyond! The best cars are timeless, after all.
Now it's one thing to see a car and know what we're talking about, but we're going to make it a little harder on you. For this quiz, we want you to tell us what car we're talking about based on only knowing one single fact and then a movie that the car appeared in. That'd be easy for a movie like "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" but it might not be so easy for a number of others car and film combos. But hey, if you know your '70s cars and/or your '70s movies then this oughta be a breeze, right? There's one way to prove it. Take the quiz and see!
This car appeared in "Transformers" and was later replaced by a 2010 model. Which one is it?
Bumblebee in the movie "Transformers" from 2007 was originally a 1976 Chevrolet Camaro. He then upgrades himself to a 2010 model, which is weird since it was a 2007 movie. It was double weird since he's usually a VW Bug.
Do you know the name of the vehicle from "Little Miss Sunshine" that is sometimes called a Hippie Bus?
The 1971 Volkswagen T2 Microbus is that icon, boxy van/bus that seems to never fully go away. They were heavily associated with hippies back in the late '60s and early '70s, likely because you could pack a ton of people in one and that made it easy for everyone to travel together.
This car was featured in the cleverly titled movie "The Car." It was meant to be a cross between a Rolls-Royce and a Thunderbird.
The 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III was designed to be a top of the line personal luxury car. A custom version of the car featured heavily in 1977's "The Car" in which the car is actually evil and does evil car things. They inexplicably made a 2019 sequel as well.
This car was one of the 48 stolen in 1974's "Gone in 60 Seconds." The real cars were extremely light, street-legal racing cars. What is it?
Manta cars were produced and designed by brothers Brad and Tim LoVette from 1974 to 1986. They were pretty unusual looking cars compared to most at the time, but being featured in the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds" really gave their profile a boost.
The Blues Brothers drove this car around. Sales of the car were pretty poor thanks to the oil crisis. Name it!
The Blues Brothers made off with a cop car that was dubbed the Bluesmobile and was actually a 1974 Dodge Monaco. In the movie, the car is an impressive piece of machinery that can basically defy physics. The cigarette lighter doesn't work, though.
The monstrous car driven by Frankenstein in the movie "Death Race 2000" was actually an amalgam of other cars. Only a handful were ever built. What was it called?
The Shala-Vette was definitely not a usual car but there were "normal" versions of it produced, although that number was under 20. The crazy lizard version from "Death Race 2000" actually survived and was auctioned off in nearly perfect condition in 2015.
Starsky and Hutch drove this car in the show and the movie. 1,300 or so were produced for sale as well. What was it?
The 1976 Ford Gran Torino painted red with a white stripe was iconic as being the car of Starsky and Hutch. On the show, they actually used a number of models and some of them were '74s and '75s.
This car from the original "Gone in 60 Seconds" was redressed to look like a later model. What was it?
The 1971 Ford Mustang from "Gone in 60 Seconds" was called Eleanor for most of the movie. It's presented as a 1973 model even though it wasn't; they just tweaked the '71 a little to make it look like one. Why didn't they use an actual '73? That's a good question...
Burt Reynolds made this car famous in "Smokey and the Bandit." The movie would have been the highest grossing film of 1977 if not for "Star Wars." Name the car!
The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird was not part of the script for "Smokey and the Bandit" at all. The director saw an ad for one in a magazine and thought it would be good product placement so he requested six of the cars. They sent him four. By the end of the movie, none of them worked.
The remake to "Gone in 60 Seconds" with Nic Cage featured this as one of the stolen cars. It was developed specifically for NASCAR racing. Name it!
The 1971 Pontiac Superbird started life as a Road Runner, so it managed to stay as a bird. Aside from showing up in "Gone in 60 Seconds," the car also got some screen time in the video of "Say You'll Be There" by the Spice Girls.
The cult classic film "Repo Man" featured this car, which had the largest body ever offered by Chevrolet. Do you recognize it?
Named after a rather elegant little deerlike animal, the Impala was anything but. The massive 1971 Chevy Impala was one of those '70s monster cars that became very quickly associated with grandpas everywhere.
Matthew McConaughey drove this car in "Dazed and Confused." It shared a platform with the El Camino and the Monte Carlo.
The Chevy Chevelle is a pretty iconic muscle car from the '70s so it fit well with Matthew McConaughey's kind of sleazy, manly character. They're highly sought after cars these days—a 1970 Chevelle once sold at auction for $1.5 million.
What was the name of this car that tried to capitalize on the space race and was featured in the movie "Driver"?
The Ford Galaxie was produced from 1959 to 1974. It got its name at a time when America and Russia were competing to be the first to venture into space and reach the moon. This is probably why Ford named the car "Galaxie." Not a bad marketing move!
This was the 3rd generation of this car and it was another of the ones stolen in the original "Gone in 60 Seconds." Do you know the name?
The Chevy Corvette Stingray had a weird history with its own name. For whatever reason as Chevy introduces new generations of the vehicle, they either drop the Stingray name or bring it back. The 2nd, 3rd and 7th generations were called Stingrays while the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th were just Corvettes.
Only 122 of these were ever made in the factory, and one ended up in the movie "The Gumball Rally." What was it called?
The Ferrari Daytona was produced from 1968 to 1973 and was technically not even called a Daytona. The official name was 365 GTB/4. The Spyder model was exceptionally rare off the line but a number of later models were changed by aftermarket mechanics.
You can find this car in the movie "The French Connection." It was replaced by the Bonneville in 1982. What was it?
The Pontiac LeMans was definitely a muscle car of the '60s and '70s. "The French Connection" features an amazing car chase with the LeMans and much of the filming was Guerrilla-style without permits.
What's the name of the car model that was introduced by John DeLorean in 1969 and is driven by Denzel Washington in "Training Day?"
The Monte Carlo was named for the city in Monaco which has a reputation as kind of an exotic, fast-paced and high-brow European hot spot. It's a good fit for a car that was designed to be a luxury vehicle.
This luxury car gets stolen in "Gone in 60 Seconds" and the first one off the line in 1970 was purchased by Elvis Presley. What was it?
The Stutz Blackhawk was a luxury car originally produced in 1929 but then resurrected again in 1971. The later models did not look like the early ones, mind you, and they were remarkably pricey cars at the time. Adjusted for inflation, a 1971 Blackhawk would cost you $120,000.
Vin Diesel drives one of these in "The Fast and the Furious." It came in some crazy colors like "Top Banana" and "Go Mango." What was it?
The 1970 Dodge Charger was part of the 2nd generation of Chargers. When making the movies, the crew had to make do with a number of low-quality cars since finding decent '70s Chargers is not easy to do. At least one was just a nonfunctioning frame the actors sat in and pretended to drive.
The Big Lebowski drove this sketchy automobile. It's named for a city in Italy. What is it?
The Dude's '73 Gran Torino in "The Big Lebowski" is in pretty rough shape and is actually held together partially with rope. The car is tragically no longer with us as it was destroyed during the filming of an episode of "The X-Files."
This one may be a little too easy. The design of this car barely changed for decades and features prominently in every film set in New York, especially "Taxi Driver." Name it.
New York City Checker Cabs are actually Checker marathon Taxi Cabs, and their design has changed very little since the 1950s. You can get a regular consumer version simply called a Checker Marathon if you really like them.
James Bond has always had cool cars including this one from "The Spy Who Loved Me." It's rare to find one today thanks to drivetrain problems. What is it?
The Lotus Esprit was introduced in 1976, and most people got a first look at one when James Bond drove it. He also piloted it since, in the movie, the car turned into a submarine as well. The real ones didn't have that capability.
This muscle car was featured in the movie "Vanishing Point" and was introduced specifically to compete with the Pontiac Firebird and the Mercury Cougar. What was it?
1970 was the first year of the Dodge Challenger which was trying to join the already popular muscle car market. It did fairly well for itself overall, and nearly 77,000 were produced in that first year alone.
This incredible vehicle drove Mad Max across the wastelands back in the '70s. Actor Eric Bana even made a documentary about his own that he'd owned for 25 years. What is it?
The "Mad Max" movies were chock full of Ford Falcons. Max himself drove one, but the original movie also featured various other ones in the role of the police Interceptors, and they even tossed a few into the 2015 sequel "Fury Road."
Nic Cage and his crew nabbed one of these in "Gone in 60 Seconds." It was almost named the Panda.
The Plymouth Barracuda is one of the most famous muscle cars in history, and even more famously rocked the powerful Hemi engine that people know and love today. In fact, the Hemi models are generally referred to as Hemi Cudas.
This goofy car showed up in "Wayne's World." Car and Driver magazine reviewed it by calling it "The Flying Fishbowl."
The AMC Pacer was not an attractive car by any means, which is likely how it ended up in "Wayne's World" as Garth's car, dubbed "The Mirthmobile." The car is it's own joke and works as a punchline on wheels.
Steve McQueen drove this car in "Le Mans." The same car was later sold at auction for $14 million. Name it!
The Porsche 917 was a prototype race car developed by Porsche for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1970. The car could go from 0 to 60 in 2.3 seconds and actually won the race for Porsche.
"Take This Job and Shove It" was a song and a movie that featured this vehicle. This may be the most famous Monster Truck ever, too.
Bigfoot the monster truck made its big screen debut in "Take This Job and Shove It." The vehicle was built on a 1974 Ford F-250, and there have been over 20 Bigfoots since that first one in 1974.
This car got about 9.4 miles per gallon. It was also pinched by the thieves in the original "Gone in 60 Seconds." What was it?
The Cadillac Eldorado may not have been entirely fuel efficient, but it was a pretty impressive looking car. It was named in honor of the fabled South American city called El Dorado, the Lost City of Gold. So that's fancy.
Chevy Chase drove his family around in this car in "National Lampoon's Vacation." The wood-grain on the side of the car was actually fake except for the models produced in 1950. What is it called?
The Ford Country Squire was the definitive station wagon on the road for decades. The National Lampoon version was tweaked a little and branded as the Wagon Queen Family Truckster.
Kurt Russell drove this car in "Death Proof." The model in the movie came from the year the big block engine was no longer available. What was it?
When the Chevy Nova was first introduced it was just called the Chevy II which is a pretty basic name for a vehicle overall. It was meant to be a 3rd size option for drivers who didn't want a full-size Chevrolet but not the smaller Corvair, either.
James Bond tried out this car in "Diamonds are Forever." This model of car once set nearly 300 speed and endurance records, too.
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 was an option package for the Mustang first made available in 1968. The '71 design of the car had a very noticeable dual scoop on the hood which really made it stand out in a crowd.
This car featured in the movie "Drive" with Ryan Gosling was based on the Chevelle. Name it!
The Chevy Malibu was introduced in 1964. It's a '73 Malibu that Gosling drives in the movie "Drive," and the actor literally knew the car inside and out. Gosling took the entire car apart and rebuilt it himself.
This vehicle got famous in "The Cannonball Run." Some models had optional seating for up to 15.
The Dodge Sportsman in "The Cannonball Run" was an ambulance but it was pretty jazzed up. The movie was famous for being a bit of a wacky car race overall and also for being the first North American movie featuring Jackie Chan.
You don't actually see this car in the French film "C’etait un Rendez-Vous" because the camera is mounted on it. It had the largest engine of any non-American car post-WWII at the time.
The Mercedes-Benz 450SEL was notable for its unusual suspension system that was based on fluid-filled struts and nitrogen-filled pressure vessels. You can use the hydraulic system to actually raise or lower the entire car several inches if you wanted to.
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