Can You Ace This '70s Car Quiz?

By: Bambi Turner

Can You Ace This '70s Car Quiz?
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About This Quiz

Can you tell the difference between a Chevy Nova and a Ford Pinto, or a Mustang and a Chevette from just a single image? Think you can recognize classic cars like the BMW M1, Dodge Swinger or VW Thing? Take our quiz and show how much you really know about the most popular cars of the '70s!

The '60s was such a major heyday for automobiles that the '70s might seem like kind of a letdown -- until you remember all the things that car makers were dealing with by the 1970s. Those powerful pony cars that ruled the '60s were being watered down in the '70s to meet ever-tightening emissions standards. Combine that with stricter safety standards, a severe gas shortage and a major recession, and it's no surprise that the auto industry was scrambling to keep up. 

All of these factors combined to help subcompacts like the Vega, Pinto and Gremlin outsell many larger models as consumers tried to avoid added pain at the pump. Innovation in design slowed as automakers worked to address more pressing concerns, though some models managed to shine through all the compact bodies and straight lines of the period.

Think you can name the cars that ruled the roads in the '70s. Take our quiz to find out!

Stutz Blackhawk What's the name of this classic car?
BMW M1
Stutz Blackhawk
The steel body on each Stutz Blackhawk was handmade in Italy. Produced between 1970 and 1987, the very first unit of this stylish two-door coupe -- complete with walnut, leather and 24k gold trim -- went to Elvis Presley himself.
Ford Granada
Chevy Camaro

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1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra II Choose the correct make and model of this car.
Ford Mustang II
The Mustang has always been a sure thing for Ford, but this pony car was threatened by oil embargoes in the '70s. To make the car more attractive to buyers, the company shrunk it down, placing it on a small Ford Pinto chassis starting in 1974. The ploy worked, as the Mustang II was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year when it debuted in '74.
Cadillac Eldorado
Lamborghini Countach
Chevy El Camino

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Pontiac Firebird What kind of car is this?
VW Thing
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Pontiac Firebird
Pontiac introduced the sporty Firebird in 1967 to compete with the Ford Mustang. The second generation redesign in 1970 eliminated convertible options. This car shot to fame when it appeared in the 1977 film "Smokey and the Bandit," which would have been the highest grossing film in the U.S. that year -- if not for a little film called "Star Wars."
Ford Bronco

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Ford - Pinto 1976 Can you identify this car that came out in the '70s?
Cadillac Eldorado
Ford Pinto
The first American car with rack and pinion steering, the subcompact Ford Pinto was produced from 1971 to 1980. Though Ford sold 10 million Pintos throughout the decade, the legacy of the car has been tainted by recalls and a fiery fuel tank design flaw.
Chevy Monte Carlo
Maserati Merak

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Lamborghini Miura Know the make and model of this car?
Chevy El Camino
Ford Bronco
Chevy Camaro
Lamborghini Miura
Lamborghini produced just around 760 Miuras between 1966 and 1973, yet this two-door Italian coupe still remains one of the most memorable cars of the '70s. Its V12 engine allowed the car to go from 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds, and could generate a top speed of 171 mph.

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AMC Gremlin Can you identify the car shown here?
AMC Gremlin
AMC sold more than 670,000 Gremlins between 1970 and 1978. This subcompact sedan or hatchback was known for its goofy gnome-like logo, which appeared on the gas cap of numerous models.
Datsun 240Z
Ford Pinto
Oldsmobile Cutlass

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1977 Pontiac Trans Am Think you can I.D. this car from just a single image?
Chevy El Camino
Pontiac Trans Am
The Pontiac Trans Am was a specialty Pontiac Firebird model produced throughout the '70s. It is perhaps best remembered for the 1976 50th anniversary edition, which came with an iconic black and gold paint job and a removable T-top.
BMW M1
Ford Pinto

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Maserati Merak Name this vintage ride.
Ford Granada
Lincoln Continental Mark IV
Maserati Merak
Produced from 1972 to 1983, the Maserati Merak was a two-door sports coupe with a classic wedge shape and pop-up headlights. It's recognizable thanks to its fastback-style frame design, which actually includes only the frame, as the rear window sits vertically rather than at a slant.
Ford Pinto

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Ford Bronco Pick the right name for this classic car.
VW Thing
Chevy El Camino
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Ford Bronco
Ford introduced the Brono SUV in 1966. Long before O.J. Simpson chose the vehicle for his famous getaway ride, the Bronco was going head-to-head with Jeep in the '70s. The 1978 model saw a substantial redesign, with the Bronco built onto the chassis of the F-100 pickup.

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Bricklin SV-1 Identify this car based on this image.
Lincoln Continental Mark IV
Chevy Monte Carlo
Bricklin SV-1
Gull wing doors didn't start with the DeLorean. They could also be found on the Bricklin SV-1 == a two-door hatchback produced between 1974 and 1975. The company produced just 3,000 units of this "Safety Vehicle 1," which came complete with a full roll cage and 5-mph bumpers.
Fiat X1/9

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Lamborghini Countach Do you know the name of this car?
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Lamborghini Countach
The Lamborghini Countach was a legendary luxury sports coupe produced between 1974 and 1990. Famous for its exotic wedge shape, the Countach came with scissor doors, which lift up and tilt so that the driver can enter the vehicle.
Cadillac Eldorado
Citroen SM

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Chevy Nova 1970 What's the name of this vintage ride?
Chevy Nova
Chevy produced the subcompact Nova between 1962 and 1979. The fourth generation redesign brought big changes to 1975 models, including a sophisticated new design and a more luxurious interior.
Ford Granada
Ford Pinto
Chevy El Camino

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Ford Thunderbird 1966 Name this iconic '70s vehicle.
Chevy Nova
Maserati Merak
BMW M1
Ford Thunderbird
Chevy produced the sixth generation Thunderbird Coupe from 1972 through 1976. This model was big and heavy, with a bold shape. The seventh generation release in 1977 resulted in a cheaper and smaller Thunderbird with simpler, squared-off styling.

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1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Think you can correctly name this car?
VW Thing
Lincoln Continental Mark IV
Lincoln produced the Continental Mark IV luxury coupe between 1972 and 1976. Built on the same chassis as the Ford Thunderbird, the Continental was famous for limited Design Editions, which were inspired by designers like Pucci, Cartier and Givenchy.
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Toyota 2000GT

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AMC Pacer What's the name of this '70s auto icon?
Maserati Merak
Cadillac Eldorado
AMC Pacer
AMC produced the Pacer subcompact between 1975 and 1979. Famous for its jellybean shape, the car was as wide as a standard full-sized vehicle with a super futuristic styling that had a certain "Jetsons" flair.
Stutz Blackhawk

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Ferrari 308 GTS Which '70s car is shown here?
Chevy El Camino
Ferrari 308
The Ferrari 308 GT4 was the only Ferrari legally imported to the U.S. in 1975. It was called the Dino, in honor of Ferrari's son, who passed away in 1956. The car sported a Dino badge until 1976, when it was replaced by a standard Ferrari badge.
Ford Mustang II
Lincoln Continental Mark IV

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Chrysler Cordoba Name this iconic '70s vehicle.
Chrysler Cordoba
Chrysler produced the two-door Cordoba luxury coupe between 1975 and 1983. More than 150,000 were sold in the U.S. in 1975 alone, as buyers responded enthusiastically to the upscale interior and wide variety of options.
Chevy Monte Carlo
AMC Gremlin
BMW M1

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BMW 2002 (1967-1977) What's the name of this '70s auto icon?
Chevy El Camino
Ford Pinto
Pontiac Firebird
BMW 2002 Turbo
Introduced in 1973, the BMW 2002 Turbo was the first turbocharged BMW production car. The company only made around 1,670 units of this car because buyers were hit hard by the oil embargoes and gas shortages of the mid-'70s.

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Chevrolet Chevette Choose the make and model for this car.
Lincoln Continental Mark IV
Cadillac Eldorado
Chevy Chevette
Chevy produced the subcompact Chevette hatchback between 1975 and 1987. By the end of the '70s, it was the bestselling small car in the U.S., and Chevy went on to sell nearly 3 million Chevettes by 1987.
Ford Mustang II

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1979_Fiat_X1_9 What's the name of this vintage ride?
Fiat X1/9
The Fiat X1/9 was a two-seater Targa top introduced in 1972. A 1975 redesign gave this car a very distinctive feature -- an open-grid, ladder-style bumper unlike anything found on the average vehicle.
Ford Granada
Maserati Merak
VW Thing

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Plymouth Duster Can you name this '70s ride?
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Plymouth Duster
The Plymouth Duster was a two-door fastback compact produced between 1970 and 1976. Essentially a sporty upgrade of the Plymouth Valiant, it was famous for its twister-style logo and its specialty editions -- which had names like Feather Duster, Space Duster and Gold Duster.
Citroen SM
Toyota 2000GT

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Chevy Camaro Know what this car is called?
Chevy Camaro
Chevy has been making its classic Camaro since 1966. The company introduced the second generation model in 1970, which was longer and wider than the original. Starting in '75, the Camaro got a wraparound rear window and some badging changes.
Chevy El Camino
AMC Gremlin
BMW M1

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Cadillac Seville What's the name of this classic car?
Chevy Monte Carlo
Cadillac Seville
The Seville was the smallest Cadillac ever when it was introduced in 1975. The first generation of this classic sedan was styled after European luxury cars, and designed to appeal to a younger buyer than the typical Cadillac demographic.
Datsun 240Z
Ford Pinto

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1970 Dodge Dart Swinger Can you identify this car that came out in the '70s?
Cadillac Eldorado
Ford Mustang II
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Dodge Swinger
The Dodge Swinger was the two-door hardtop version of the Dodge Dart. Produced from 1969 through the mid-'70s, the name Swinger Special was later added to distinguish between custom and standard hardtop Dart compacts.

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Oldsmobile Cutlass Identify this car based on this image.
Pontiac Firebird
Lamborghini Countach
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Oldsmobile produced the Cutlass from 1961 to 1999. The third generation remodel in 1968 brought a major redesign, and made the car both longer and lighter than previous models. By 1976, the Cutlass ranked among the bestselling cars in the U.S.
Chevy Nova

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Ford Capri Know the make and model of this car?
Maserati Merak
Ford Capri
Ford marketed the Capri as "The Car You Always Promised Yourself." Produced between 1968 and 1986, this classic sports car was changed from a fastback to a hatchback in 1974, making it the first Ford hatchback ever produced.
Chevy El Camino
Toyota 2000GT

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Chevy - El Camino Can you identify the car shown here?
Chevy El Camino
Chevy first introduced the El Camino coupe utility in 1959 to take on the Ford Ranchero. This unusual vehicle was essentially a pickup truck built onto the frame of a station wagon. The company brought the El Camino back in 1964, and redesigned and enlarged it in 1973.
Ford Bronco
Cadillac Eldorado
Ford Pinto

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VW Thing - Baja Can you name the car shown in this image?
Stutz Blackhawk
Chevy Monte Carlo
Citroen SM
VW Thing
Think of the VW Thing as a very early precursor to the Hummer H1. Built for the West German Army, this two-wheel drive convertible was put up for sale to civilians starting in 1968. Officially known as the Type 181, it was also called the Trekker in the UK.

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Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Pick the right name for this classic car.
Chevy Camaro
Fiat X1/9
Porsche 911 Carrera
Porsche introduced its iconic 911 two-door in 1963. From 1973 to 1974, the company offered a highly-coveted Carrera RS model which was pretty much only built so that the company could participate in race events that were restricted to production cars.
Ford Pinto

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Think you can correctly name this car?
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin built just over 500 units of the V8 Vantage between 1977 and 1989. This British two-door roadster could reach a top speed of 170 mph, and go from 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds.
Lamborghini Countach
Datsun 240Z
Maserati Merak

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Toyota 2000GT Name this vintage ride.
Pontiac Firebird
Toyota 2000GT
The Toyota 2000GT was designed to combine Japanese efficiency and technology with European styling. Introduced in 1967, this sleek two-door fastback came with a rosewood dash, an ultra-low profile and pop-up headlights.
AMC Gremlin
Ford Pinto

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Dodge Challenger What kind of car is this?
Ford Bronco
Ford Mustang II
Dodge Challenger
Dodge introduced G1 of the Challenger in 1970. While this iconic model started off as a pony car, it underwent major changes in 1978 with the second generation redesign, resulting in a car that was smaller and less powerful.
Lincoln Continental Mark IV

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Chevy Corvette 1970 Choose the make and model for this car.
Ford Pinto
Chevy Corvette
Chevy sold the third generation C3 Corvette between 1968 and 1982, It had a new body style and new interior compared to earlier models, and got an egg-crate grille and rectangular dual headlights starting in 1970.
Dodge Challenger
Stutz Blackhawk

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Buick GSX Choose the correct make and model of this car.
BMW M1
Ford Pinto
Fiat X1/9
Buick GSX
Introduced on 1970 and based on the Buick Skylark, the GSX Gran Sport was marketed as "A Brand New Kind of Buick." Early models of this sporty car were available only in white or yellow, and came with a solid black interior.

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Cadillac Eldorado 1973 Can you identify the car shown here?
Cadillac Eldorado
The Cadillac Eldorado was redesigned for a seventh-generation model debut in 1971. This version was much heavier and larger than its predecessors, yet still able to go from 0 to 60 in under 10 seconds. In 1973, the Eldorado served as the pace car at the Indy 500.
AMC Gremlin
Chevy Camaro
Chevy El Camino

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Chevy - Monte Carlo Do you know the name of this car?
Lamborghini Countach
Chevy Monte Carlo
Named for a city in Monaco, the Chevy Monte Carlo came out in 1970. This two-door luxury coupe got a prominent egg-crate grille in 1973, as well as a 5 mph safety bumper. By the third generation 1978 remodel, the car had been downsized to account for rising gas prices of the period.
Pontiac Firebird
Dodge Challenger

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BMW M1 Can you name the car shown in this image?
Chevy Nova
Chevy El Camino
Ford Mustang II
BMW M1
Introduced in 1978, the BMW M1 had a classic wedge shape inspired by Italian sports cars. Less than 500 units of this two-door coupe were made, and the M1 is now remembered as the first mid-engine BMW model.

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Ford Granada Know what this car is called?
Ford Pinto
VW Thing
Ford Granada
The Ford Granada was a luxury compact introduced in 1975 to replace the Ford Maverick. A very long options list made it a popular pick for buyers, and Ford sold more than 2 million Granadas between 1975 and 1982.
Dodge Challenger

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1969 Datsun 240Z Think you can I.D. this car from just a single image?
Toyota 2000GT
Chevy Nova
Fiat X1/9
Datsun 240Z
Known as the Fairlady in Japan, the Datsun 240Z was produced between 1969 and 1978. Available as a two-door coupe or three-door hatchback, the car was popular because of its sleek style and low price point.

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Citroen SM Can you name this '70s ride?
Citroen SM
Introduced in 1970, the Citroen SM was named the 1972 Motor Trend Car of the Year -- a rare feat for a non-American car. This three-door hatch had an unusual design -- six headlights aligned in a single row. When it was imported to the U.S., these headlights were reduced to four to meet U.S. law.
Stutz Blackhawk
Chevy Camaro
Ford Pinto

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