Fourth Annual Classically Tough Trivia Quiz

It’s December. The Christmas trees are up, the dreidels have already started spinning and the stores are hopping with consumers. Readers of my “Sound Classics” collector car column know it’s time for the fourth annual Classically Tough Trivia Quiz.

And for the first time…Four Wheel Drift readers will have a chance to participate.

Since I’m a sucker for tradition, this year’s quiz continues with difficult questions covering all eras of automotive history. Each one is designed to challenge knowledge, recall and ability to use Google. There are some tricks in there, too!

Don’t fret too much if you can’t get many, because you’d have to be an expert in classics from all eras and countries. Even my father didn’t get them all… and he has assured me many times that he knows everything.

But if you think you have many of the right answers, send them in to before the clock strikes midnight on December 19, 2006. The top point-getter will be immortalized in the Classically Tough Trivia Answers edition.

  1. Which manufacturer applied the acronym HF to the end of the model names of its racing-oriented cars? What does HF stand for?
  2. This automotive manufacturer spent WWII creating 1490 ships for the Navy at yards capable of completing vessels in less than two weeks.
  3. What year did Chevrolet first install eight-cylinder engines in production cars?
  4. LaSalle was a junior Cadillac. What were the lower-price brands for Buick, Studebaker and Pontiac?
  5. It holds the title as the smallest domestically-produced passenger car.
  6. Excluding base body-styles, which “regular production option” was the most expensive in Corvette history?
  7. It is the oldest British car company never to be sold to international ownership.
  8. What was the first automaker to transport a US President?
  9. Ferrari might be famous for its V12-powered vehicles, but they made many cars with other types of engines. Identify engines Ferrari made other than the V12, as well as one model that used each engine.
  10. Stearns-Knight and Willys-Knight both used Charles Knight’s sleeve valve technology. Name two non-American cars that also took advantage of Knight’s sleeve valve design.
  11. Which automotive brand advertised “the car you step down into”?
  12. It was the only year since 1930 that a non-Big Three (GM, Ford, Chrysler Corp.) brand was in the top three of domestic auto production. Name the brand.
  13. Identify the car in the picture.
  14. The word “supercar” was invented to describe this car.
  15. This automotive manufacturer’s name started as an acronym translating as “steam-powered vehicle” and it later used the same acronym translating to “the small wonder” for the motorcycle it produced.
  16. It’s the name shared between two unrelated American auto companies – the first a high-end luxury manufacturer in the 1920s, the latter an expensive line of sports cars built by a rich sportsman in pursuit of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  17. In 1955, two-thirds of foreign-made cars imported to the United States were of this brand.
  18. It was the first production car to offer an automatic folding hardtop convertible.
  19. The Nieuport aircraft company built a roadster body of riveted tulip wood on this automaker’s chassis in 1924 for André Dubonnet to race.
  20. What was the fastest American-made production vehicle to 100 mph in 1978?

One Response to Fourth Annual Classically Tough Trivia Quiz

  1. Mike Barer says:

    I’m just going to have to take an F on this one. My Dad should do pretty well though.

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