Classically Tough Trivia Quiz Answers

Whoever said “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” never did well on the Classically Tough Trivia Quiz. Success on this fourth annual edition required one to be a phenomenal student of automotive history.

The northwest’s rain, wind and power outages didn’t seem to stop the Sound Classics faithful from doing their best. In the end, though, there wasn’t a single person who could touch Olympia’s Jim Culp. By scoring 26 out of 29 points, Culp, a talented race photographer from, proved he knows a ton about the cars he shoots.

  1. Like Dodge’s R/T and Chevy’s SS, Lancia used HF as its performance acronym. It stands for “High Fidelity.”
  2. Prior to building Kaisers, Henry Kaiser created Kaiser Shipyard to build vessels at a record pace during WWII. During this period, he also established Kaiser Permanente to treat shipyard workers.
  3. From January 1917 through January 1919, Chevrolet produced a total 2,781 Model D “Eight” V8-powered cars. The valve-in-head engines were installed in D-4 roadsters and D-5 tourers until reliability issues caused management to pull the plug. The next time a Bowtie would have a V8 would be 1955.
  4. Marquette was the baby Buick brand for 1929 and 1930. The 1927-1930 Erskine (named for company president Albert Erskine) was Studebaker’s first lower-priced brand. In 1931, Stude replaced it with the Rockne – the marque lasted until 1933. The brand was named for Knute Rockne, who was killed in a plane crash just twelve days after joining Studebaker. Oakland was actually a more expensive senior model to Pontiac.
  5. The King Midget was the smallest domestically-produced passenger car.
  6. In 1991 71 people ordered RPO B2K— Callaway Twin-Turbo for their Corvette at a cost of $33,000. The option exceeded the price of the base $32,445 coupe.
  7. Since 1906, Morgan has been family-owned. It still produces cars in its Malvern Link facility.
  8. President Lincoln rode to the theater on the eve of his assassination in a Studebaker. Prior to making cars, Studebaker produced high-end carriages.
  9. Ferrari first used an inline-four cylinder in its 1954 750 Monza. The Dino 246GT is the best-known V6-powered Ferrari. Magnum PI’s 308GTS had a V8, while Miami Vice’s iconic white Testarossa used a flat-twelve. V10s have powered Ferrari’s F1 cars for years. Kudos (but no extra points) go to those knowing that Enzo Ferrari’s pre-Ferrari model, the AAC 815, utilized a straight-eight.
  10. Cars from Voisin and Minerva, as well as Daimler’s Double Six used engines with Knight’s sleeve valve design.
  11. Hudson was “the car you step down into.”
  12. Rambler produced 370,865 vehicles in 1961, which ranked third among domestic manufacturers.
  13. The photo showed a 1907 Stanley H-5 Gentleman’s Speedy Roadster. An extra bonus point went to those who recognized the man displaying the car to judges at the Kirkland Concours as Olympia Farmer’s Market fixture Bob “Sully” Sullivan.
  14. Journalist LJK Setright of CAR magazine is credited with inventing the word “supercar” to describe the Lamborghini Miura upon its unveiling.
  15. DKW was an acronym for Dampf-Kraft Wagen…or “steam-powered vehicle.”
  16. Cunningham was an early luxury brand. Later, Briggs Cunningham badged the sports cars he produced with the same name.
  17. In 1955 34,000 out of 51,000 total cars imported to the United States were VWs.
  18. While it is confusing which company can actually claim the first “production” car with a power retractable hardtop, one thing is for certain – it wasn’t Ford’s 1957 Skyliner or Citroen’s 1950 or 1952 show cars. In 1933, Georges Paulin designed a folding hardtop system for coachbuilder Pourtout. It appeared initially on a single1933 Hotchkiss, but by 1934, the system appeared on a number of Portout-built Lancia Belna éclipse, Peugeot 301 éclipse and Peugeot 601 éclipse examples.
  19. In 1924 Andre Dubonnet raced a Hispano-Suiza with body made of tulip wood.
  20. Because emissions standards didn’t apply to trucks, Dodge’s Lil’ Red Express pickup was the fastest accelerating American vehicle in 1978. On the handling side, however, the Lil’ Red Express was less balanced than John Candy on dull ice skates.

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