Quiz: The 1950s Car Knowledge Quiz: How Much Do You Know?
The 1950s Car Knowledge Quiz: How Much Do You Know?
By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

Think you can tell the difference between a '57 Chevy and a Hudson Hornet? Know what made the Edsel such a flop, or what year the very first Ford Thunderbird hit the streets? Take our quiz to show off your knowledge of '50s cars! The 1950s was a time of major change in America, with a growing fight for civil rights, the rising popularity of television and a pair of swinging hips in the form of Elvis Presley, who would help to usher in a new era of music and pop culture. A post-war economic boom meant Americans were living large, with a staggering one in six employed in the automotive industry -- an industry that was becoming increasingly concentrated as the decade progressed. What was once made up of more than a hundred automakers had shrunk to just a handful by the end of the '50s, with car sales dominated by Detroit and the Big Three.

Yet the lack of competition did little to stifle innovation; cars in the '50s grew safer, more stylish and more fun to drive thanks to the development of seat belts, automatic transmissions, air conditioning and the overhead valve V8 engine. Car companies responded to consumer demand with ever larger cars, many of which came with designs inspired by the Space Race and the sporty styles of the auto racing world. Do you consider yourself an expert on the cars of the nifty fifties? Take our quiz and test your '50s car IQ!

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Which company produced one of the greatest flops in automotive history with the introduction of the Edsel in 1958?
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What design change to the Thunderbird caused a major controversy in 1958?
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Which company's legendary '57 Bel Air was marketed as "The Hot One?"
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Which '50s car was immortalized as a character named Doc in the Pixar movie "Cars?"
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Which feature made the Studebaker Starlight coupe stand out?
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Which company produced the Henry J, a car designed to be affordable to even lower-income households?
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VW sold its first Type 2 buses in 1950. What features distinguishes these from second generation models?
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Chevy only produced the 1953 Corvette in one paint color. Which hue did they choose?
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Which headlight design did the Buick LeSabre feature when it came out in '59?
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Which company's compact Anglia model was one of the bestselling cars in the UK during the decade?
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Which DeSoto model was the company's premier model when it came out in 1953, but relegated to the brand's cheapest ride within two years?
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What name, inspired by a fancy district in London, did Packard choose for its 1951 mid-level hardtop coupe?
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Which company's compact Metropolitan model was known for its two-tone paint job?
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Where did Pontiac get the name for its full-size '50s Bonneville?
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What year did Ford swap its classic F1 naming system for the now-familiar F-100 designation?
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Which nickname was given to the very earliest Ford Country Squire wagons?
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Which company was forced to merge with Nash in the late '50s, forming AMC, after a very costly investment in a model known as the Jet?
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Which 1952 Jaguar was the company's first model to offer automatic transmission?
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Where could you go buy an Allstate car in the 1950s?
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Which company's Caribbean model was produced between 1953 and 1956?
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What name did Dodge use to identify the hardtop versions of its full-sized car models in the '50s?
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Which convertible did Buick introduce in 1953 for the company's 50th anniversary?
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Which Sunbeam model appeared in the 1955 flick "To Catch a Thief?"
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What long-running line of Japanese cars was sold in the U.S. as the Datsun 210?
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What type of vehicle did Chevy reserve its Townsman badge for in the '50s?
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Which company produced the Hawk line of cars in a partnership with Packard?
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What did the C represent in Chevy's C/K line of pickup trucks, which came out in 1959?
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What made the Mercury Monterey Sun Valley stand out from other '50s cars?
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Which Chevy, named for an animal, came out in 1958 as part of the company's 50th anniversary celebration?
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Which car company produced the Continental marque in the '50s?
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What made the Nash Rambler unique when it was released in 1950?
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What space age moniker did Ford use on its full-size line of cars in the '50s?
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Which car model, whose name means "City of gold," did Cadillac release in 1952?
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Which popular Toyota model was introduced in 1951 in response to the outbreak of the Korean War?
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Today the Crown Victoria is one of Ford's most recognizable sedans, but that wasn't always the case. What model did Ford add the Crown Vic name to in the '50s?
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