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Q: Why was Ford prevented from using the Mustang name for its pony car in Germany?

A: In Germany, Ford called its pony car the T5 since the Mustang name was copyrighted by truck maker Krupp.

Q: What was the optional vinyl top that could be ordered on the 1969 Plymouth Barracuda and Satellite?

A: The optional vinyl top available for the 1969 Plymouth Barracuda and Satellite was called the Mod Top.

Q: What was the first Dodge to carry the R/T designation?

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T

A: The first Dodge to carry the R/T designation was the 1967 Dodge Coronet.

Q: Fiero, as in Pontiac Fiero, has a meaning in two different languages. What are the English translations?

Pontiac Fiero

Pontiac Fiero

A: Fiero means proud in Italian and fierce in Spanish.

Q: U.S. Patent #D219,584 was issued in 1970 to this person for his automotive creation. Who is the person and what did he create?

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

A: Actor Steve McQueen was awarded a patent in 1970 for a bucket seat he created.

Q: What 1975 movie was the inspiration for the Dukes of Hazzard television show?

Moonrunners

Moonrunners

A: The 1975 movie that served as the inspiration for the Dukes of Hazzard was Moonrunners.

Q:  What is the rarest Pontiac GTO ever built?

1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible

1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible

A: 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible. Only 17 Judge convertibles were built for the 1971 model year. The reason so few were built is because the Judge option was dropped halfway during the model year.

Q: True or False: Some 1969 model Chevrolet Camaro’s were actually built in 1970.

1970 (1969) Chevrolet Camaro Stock Photo

1970 (1969) Chevrolet Camaro Stock Photo

A: The answer is true. Since Chevrolet was late with getting the 1970 model into production, 1969 models were built until February 1970.

Q: What was General Motors’ first front wheel drive vehicle?

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

A: General Motors’ first front wheel drive car was the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado.

Q: What was the first Chevrolet Corvette to be priced over $20,000?

1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition

1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition

A: The first Chevrolet Corvette to be priced over $20,000 was the 1982 Collector Edition.

Q: What is the one and only Pontiac Firebird Trans Am equipped with a 6-cylinder engine?

1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Indy Pace Car

1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Indy Pace Car

A: The only Pontiac Firebird Trans Am equipped with a 6-cylinder (turbocharged) engine was the 1989 Indy Pace Car.

Q: What is currently the fastest production American pickup truck?

Dodge Ram 1500 SRT-10

Dodge Ram 1500 SRT-10

A: Currently, the fastest American production pickup truck is the Dodge Ram 1500 SRT-10.

Q: In the mid-1980’s due to low sales, Ford stated that they would replace the rear-wheel drive Mustang with a Mazda derived front-wheel drive version. Due to thousands of letters from outraged Mustang fans, Ford changed its mind and instead, sold the car under a different name. What was the name of this car?

1990 Ford Probe

1990 Ford Probe

A: The car that was to become the new Mustang became the Ford Probe.

Q: The 1987 Buick Regal Grand National GNX was produced by whom?

1987 Buick Regal Grand National GNX

1987 Buick Regal Grand National GNX

A: The 1987 Buick Regal Grand National GNX was produced by McLaren/ASC.

Q: In order to fulfill NASCAR requirements, Chevrolet built a special version of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo. What was it called?

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Aerocoupe

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Aerocoupe

A: In 1986, Chevrolet produced a version of the Monte Carlo SS called the Aerocoupe. It included a more deeply sloped rear window and a shorter trunk lid sporting a spoiler that lay more flat than previous Super Sports. Only 200 were built for 1986 (as required by NASCAR).

Q: What year did Chevrolet not produce a Corvette?

1983 Chevrolet Corvette

1983 Chevrolet Corvette

A: Due to quality issues, Chevrolet did not produce a Corvette for the 1983 model year.

Q: Why was the spoiler on the 1970 Plymouth Superbird so tall?

1970 Plymouth Superbird

1970 Plymouth Superbird

A: The reason why the spoiler was so tall on the 1970 Plymouth Superbird was to clear the trunk lid when it was opened.

Q: Lee Iacocca, creator of the Ford Mustang, appeared as Park Commissioner Lido on what popular 1980s cop drama?

Lee Iacocca

Lee Iacocca

A: Lee Iacocca appeared on Miami Vice in episode #44 (Sons and Lovers) playing Park Commissioner Lido on May 9, 1986.

Q: The horn on this muscle car made a sound just like the cartoon character for which it was named. What was the car?

1970_Plymouth Road Runner

1970 Plymouth Road Runner

A: The horn on the Plymouth Road Runner made the Beep Beep sound, just like the cartoon version of the Road Runner.

Q: The Pontiac GTO Judge got its name from a comedy routine on what famous television show?

Here Come The Judge!

Here Come The Judge!

A: The Pontiac GTO Judge moniker came from a comedy routine called “Here Come The Judge”, used repeatedly on the Laugh-In television show.

Q: What was the fastest production vehicle in America for 1978?

1978 Dodge Lil Red Express

1978 Dodge Lil Red Express

A: The fastest production vehicle in 1978 was the Dodge Lil Red Express. It was faster than the Chevrolet Corvette, Pontiac Trans Am, and Porsche 928.

Q: These cartoon characters were first animated for what purpose?

Peanuts Characters

Peanuts Characters

A: The Peanuts cartoon characters were first animated to advertise Ford automobiles.

Q: This car was actually used in the crash scene in the final moments in the movie Vanishing Point.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Question 17 Answer: The car that actually crashed in the final moments of the movie Vanishing Point is actually a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, not a 1970 Dodge Challenger. Slowing the movie down frame by frame clearly shows a Camaro. Also, while the police survey the wreck, upside down Camaro badging can be seen on the rear of the car.

Q: What was placed in the General Lee to keep the car from nosing over during jump scenes?

General Lee

General Lee

A: Anywhere from 500 to 1,000 pounds of sandbags or concrete ballast was placed in the trunk of the General Lee to prevent the car from nosing over when attempting jumps.

Q: In 1992, Marlboro cigarettes customized 10 of these vehicles for promotional purposes.

Marlboro Syclone

Marlboro Syclone

A: In 1992, Marlboro customized 10 GMC Syclones for a promotional giveaway.

Q: In April 2008, this magazine played an April Fools joke stating the return of an American car brand.

Hot Rod April Fool Joke Article

Hot Rod April Fool Joke Article

A: In April 2008, Hot Rod Magazine played an April Fools joke by stating the return of AMC.

Q: Oldsmobile built a muscle car called the 442. What do these numbers represent?

1970 Oldsmobile 442

1970 Oldsmobile 442

A: The numbers 442 represent 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed transmission, dual exhaust.

Q: What year did Chevrolet produce its first V8 engine?

265 Cubic Inch V8

265 Cubic Inch V8

A: Chevrolet produced its first V8 (265 CID) engine in 1955.

Q: The REO Motor Car Company was named by using its founder’s initials. Who was the founder?

1904 REO

1904 REO

A: The REO Motor Company was named after Ransom E. Olds. Olds previously founded Oldsmobile.

Q: In 1973, AMC introduced this option package for the Gremlin.

1973 Levi's Gremlin

1973 Levi’s Gremlin

A: In 1973, AMC introduced an optional Levi’s package for the Gremlin. The package included front and rear seats upholstered in blue demin with copper rivets serving as buttons in the seat backs and cushions.

Q: What is the customary drink of the winner of the Indianapolis 500?

Indy 500 Winner

Indy 500 Winner

A: The customary drink of the Indy 500 winner is milk.

Q: What year were automakers required to install catalytic converters on vehicles sold in the United States?

Catalytic Converter

Catalytic Converter

A: The first year that catalytic converters were required to be installed on cars sold in the United States was 1975.

Q: Most American car horns beep to this musical tone.

Honking Horn

Honking Horn

A: Most American car horns beep to the musical tone of F.

Q: This automobile brand was the infamous John Dillinger’s favorite to steal?

John Dillinger

John Dillinger

A: John Dillinger’s favorite brand of car to steal was Ford.

Q: Where did the name Jeep originate?

Army Jeep

Army Jeep

A: The Army’s name of G.P., or general purpose vehicle.

Q: In 1956, Chrysler Corporation offered car buyers a new music listening option. What was it?

Car Phonograph

Car Phonograph

A: The music listening option that Chrysler offered in 1956 was a car phonograph.

Q: Before John DeLorean died, he created his own brand of this type of jewelry.

DeLorean Watch

DeLorean Watch

A: Before his death, John DeLorean created his own brand of watch. An avid watch collector, it was rumored that during his time at General Motors, John would spend company expense money to buy watches for himself.

Q: Before Lamborghini began building exotic automobiles, the company produced this product.

Lamborghini Car and Tractor

Lamborghini Car and Tractor

A: Before producing exotic automobiles, Lamborghini was a tractor manufacturer.

Q: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s father was once chairman of this automaker.

George W. Romney

George W. Romney

A: George W. Romney, father of Mitt Romney, was once chairman of American Motors.

Q: In the movie “Smokie and the Bandit”, what is the Bandit’s actual name?

The Bandit

The Bandit

A: The Bandit’s real name is Bo Danville.

Q: On the 1990 to 1996 Chevrolet Corvette, this is stamped in the sheet metal under the carpet behind the passenger seat.

Corvette Sheet Metal Stampings

Corvette Sheet Metal Stampings

A: A baseball bat, hot dog, apple pie, and Chevrolet emblem are stamped into the sheet metal. This comes from the popular “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet” advertising slogan Chevrolet used in the 1970’s.

Q: What do the Porshce Panamera and Cayenne have a key fob shaped like?

Porsche Cayenne Key Chain

Porsche Cayenne Key Chain

A: The Porsche Panamer and Cayenne have a key fob shaped like the actual vehicle.

Q: What was the last car to come equipped with a cassette player?

2011 Ford Crown Victoria

2011 Ford Crown Victoria

A: The last car to be equipped with a cassette player was the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria.

Q: Delphi Auto Design created this car to commemorate this top grossing movie of 1977.

Star Wars Celica

Star Wars Celica

A: A special Toyota Celica was created by Delphi Auto Design to commemorate the new movie Star Wars.

Q: What is Volvo’s translation in Latin?

Volvo Logo

Volvo Logo

A: Volvo’s translation in Latin is “I roll”.

Q: For one year only, buyers could get this Chevrolet wagon with an SS package. What was the car?

1973 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Wagon

1973 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Wagon

A: The 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon was the first and only time the SS package was available on a wagon.

Q: What vehicle cost Ford over $6 billion to develop?

1998 Ford Contour SVT

1998 Ford Contour SVT

A: The car that cost Ford over $6 billion to develop was the Contour.

Q: In 1981, Chrysler created this special edition car named after this famous celebrity.

1981 Chrysler Imperial FS

1981 Chrysler Imperial FS

A: The car that Chrysler created and named after Frank Sinatra was the Imperial FS. It even included 16 cassettes of his music.

Q: What was the custom van that Hot Rod magazine created in 1976 with a Coca-Cola and Levi’s jeans theme?

1976 Ford Van Denimachine

1976 Ford Van Denimachine

A: The custom van that Hot Rod magazine created in 1976 with a Coca-Cola and Levi’s jean theme was the Denimachine. Ten of these were awarded in a sweepstakes in 1976.

Q: What was the first U.S. built car to feature T-tops?

1968 Chevrolet Corvette

1968 Chevrolet Corvette

A: The first U.S. built car to feature T-tops was the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette.

Q: In the early 1970’s, Lowe’s created a riding lawn mower named after this famous NASCAR driver.

Petty Special Lawnmower

Petty Special Lawnmower

A: Lowe’s created a riding lawnmower named after Richard Petty called the Petty Special. It featured a Petty blue paint job, #43 decals, and “By Petty” lettering on the sides of the hood.

Q: What is the first production car to produce more than 300 horsepower and get more than 30 miles per gallon?

2011 Ford Mustang V6

2011 Ford Mustang V6

A: The first production car to produce more than 300 horsepower and get more than 30 miles per gallon was the 2011 Ford Mustang V6.

Q: What country music singer was an avid NASCAR fan and part-time driver?

Country Music Singer Marty Robbins

Country Music Singer Marty Robbins

A: Country music singer Marty Robbins was an avid NASCAR fan and part-time driver.

Q: Where did Mattel, the creator of Hot Wheels, get its name?

Mattel Logo

Mattel Logo

A:  The company’s name is derived from Harold “Matt” Matson and Elliot Handler who founded the company in 1945.

Q: Why was Pontiac sued for using the Trans Am name for its popular Firebird?

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

A: Pontiac caused controversy because it used the Trans Am name without permission from the SCCA who threatened suit. Pontiac settled the dispute by paying $5 to the SCCA for every Trans Am sold.

Q: Who made the 1970s car called “The Thing”.

Volkswagen Thing

Volkswagen Thing

A: Volkswagen sold a vehicle in the 1970s called “The Thing”.

Q: The word Fiero has meaning in two different languages. What are the translations?

1986 Pontiac Fiero

1986 Pontiac Fiero

A: Fiero translates into proud in Italian and fierce in Spanish.

Q: What was Chevrolet’s first front wheel drive car?

1980 Chevrolet Citation

1980 Chevrolet Citation

A: Chevrolet’s first front wheel drive car was the 1980 Citation.

Q: The January 1999 cover of Car and Driver was a first for the magazine for this reason.

January 1999 Car and Driver Cover

January 1999 Car and Driver Cover

A: It was the first time a truck was the featured cover story. The article featured the 1999 Ford Lightning.

Q: In the 1960s, Thom McAn named a shoe after this popular muscle car. They also gave away this car in a sweepstakes. What was the car?

Thom McAn 1967 GTO Ad

Thom McAn 1967 GTO Ad

A: The car that Thom McAn named a shoe after and gave away in a sweepstakes was the Pontiac GTO.

Q: The 2010 Mustang GT has a vanity mirror shaped like what part of the automobile?

2010 Ford Mustang Vanity Mirror

2010 Ford Mustang Vanity Mirror

A: The vanity mirror in the 2010 Ford Mustang is shaped like the car’s hood.

Q: True or False: All 1972 Pontiac Trans Ams were painted white or blue.

1972 Red Pontiac Trans Am

1972 Red Pontiac Trans Am

A: False: Due to the request of Sports Car Club of America president, Pontiac painted a special 1972 Trans Am in red.

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