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Q: What was the name of the design theme that Virgil Exner brought to the Chrysler Corp., beginning with his tail finned cars of 1955?

A: The forward Look

Q: The name of what car “suggests the comradeship of good friends as a personal car should be to it’s owner,” while also meaning “a small vicious animal that eats Mustangs”?

A: Camaro

Q: Overlandcars were first manufactured in which city and state?

A: The 1972 Lunar Rover.

Q: What is one of the most expensive (costing $19 million) and least used vehicle ever produced?

A: The original home of the Overland was Terre Haute, Indiana.

Q: Which car company was the first to build over 3 million vehicles in one year?

A: Chevolet, in 1964.

Q: How much did the 1940 Buick Phaeton, featured in the movie “Casablanca” sell for on June 28th?

A: $211,500 more than twice it’s pre-auction estimate, according to Christie’s.

Q: Who is responsible for the blue and white paint scheme on the Shelby Cobra?

A: Dan Gerber, who raced in the SCAN series, of the early sixties.

Q: What is an Oldsmobile Couple without a B-pillar called?

A: A Holiday

Q: What car was the first to have automatic transmission?

A: Oldsmobile introduced it’s four speed Hydra-Mastic, as a$57 extra in 1939.

Q: What car was the first to offer air conditioning?

A: The 1939 Nash offered an optional heating – ventilation system called the “Weather Eye.”

Q: What car use the first steering wheel?

A: The 1900 Packard Model C, build by The Ohio Automobile Co.

Q: Who invented the first practical windshield wiper?

A: Prince Henry of Prussia, who fitted his new invention to his Benz, in 1911.

Q: What popular car sold only two units in its first year in the U.S.?

A: Volkswagen sold only two Beetle’s n America in 1949.

Q: What was the first official White House car?

A: A 1909 White Steamer, ordered by President Taft.

Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?

A: Golf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.

Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?

A: Oklahoma City, on July 16th, 1935.

Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?

A: Royce Hailey’s Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.

Q: True or False? The 1953 Corvette came in white, red, and black.

A: False. The 1953 ‘Vetted’ were available in one color, Polo White.

Q: What was Ford’s answer to the Chevy Corvette, and other legal street racers of the 1960’s?

A: Carroll Shelby’s Mustang GT350.

Q: What was the first car fitted with an alternator, rather than a direct current dynamo?

A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant.

Q: What was the first car fitted with a replaceable cartridge oil filter?

A: The 1924 Chrysler.

Q: What was the first car to be offered with a “perpetual guarantee”?

A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA. Perpetuity was disturbing in this case, as Acme closed down in 1911.

Q: What American luxury automaker began by making cages for birds and squirrels?

A: The George N. Pierce Co. of Buffalo, who made the Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.

Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?

A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.

Q: What car was the first to have it’s radio antenna embedded in the windshield?

A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters?

A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first products V16.

Q: Where was the World’s first three-color traffic lights installed?

A: Detroit, MI in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.

Q: What type of car had the distinction of being GM’s 100 millionth car built in the U.S.?

A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado roll out of Lansing, MI with that honor.

Q: Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when?

A: Camden, NJ in 1933.

Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized productions key-start system?

A: The 1949 Chryslers.

Q: What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for?

A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed transmission, and duel exhaust.

Q: What car was the first to place the horn button in the center of the steering wheel?

A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car was also the first with electric door latches.

Q: What U.S. production car has the quickest 0 – 60 mph time?

A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 did it in 4.0 seconds.

Q: What’s the only car to appear simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek.

A: The Ford Mustang.

Q: What was the lowest priced mass produced American car?

A: The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. It cost $260, which was $5 less than the 1924 model.

Q: What was the fastest internal-combustion American production car?

A: The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested by Motor Trend Magazine at 192.6 mph.

Q: What automaker’s first logo incorporated the Star of David?

A: The Dodge Brothers.

Q: Who wrote to Henry Ford, “I have drove fords exclusively when I could get away with one. It has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasn’t been strictly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8.”

A: Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde) in 1934.

Q: What car was the first production V12, as well as the first production car with aluminum pistons?

A: The 1915 Packard Twin-Six. Used during WWI in Italy, these motors inspired Enzi Ferrari to adopt the V12 himself in 1948.

Q: What was the first car to use power operated seats?

A: They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.

Q: Which of the Chrysler “letter cars” sold the fewest amount?

A: Only 400 1963 300J’s were sold (they skipped “I” because it looked like a number 1).

Q: What car company was originally known as Swallow Sidecars (aka SS)?

A: Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, and ultimately the whole company by 1945.

Q: What car delivered the first production V12 engine?

A: The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after Packard’s cheif engineer Col. Jesse Vincent introduced its Twin-Sis.

Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?

A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which crashed at 100 mph on Staten Island!

Q: In January 1930, Cadillac debuted it’s V16 in a car named for a theatrical version of a 1920’s film seen by Harley Earl while designing the body. What’s that name?

A: The “Madam X” a custom coach designed by Earl and built by Fleetwood. The sedan featured a retractable landau top above the rear seat.

Q: Which car company started out German, yet became French after WWI?

A: Bugati, founded in Molsheim in 1909, became french when Alsace returned to French rule.

Q: In what model year did Cadillac introduce the first electric sunroof?

A: 1969.

Q: What U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine?

A: The 1907 Thomas sported a 57 cubic inch (9.2 liter) engine.

Q: What car was reportedly designed on the back of a Northwest Airlines airsickness back and released on April Fool’s Day, 1970?

A: 1970 Gremlin (AMC).

Q: What is the Spirit of Ecstasy?

A: The official name of the mascot of Rolls Royce, she is the lady on top of their radiators.

Q: What was the inspiration for MG’s framed octagon-shaped badge?

A: The shape of founder Cecil Kimber’s dining table. MG stands for Morris Garages.

Q: In what year did the “double-R” Rolls Royce badge change from red to black?

A: 1933

Q: Where did the Cord get it’s “810” model name?

A: The name is derived from the go-ahead date for production (August 10th, 1935).

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