The New King…Make That New -Queen- Of Collector Car Trivia

As usual, the Classically-Tough Trivia Quiz puzzled many of the best automotive minds. Like in previous years, after sifting through the submissions, we found the average score was well under ten points.

That’s where “usual” stopped and Classically-Tough “firsts” began. For the first time in the CTTQ’s history, the contest was won a) by a non-American and b) by a person lacking a Y-chromosome.

Congratulations to the new Queen of Classic Car Trivia Isabelle T. from Nova Scotia. Not only did she win with a score of 20 out of the possible 34 points – she CRUSHED everyone else by a huge percentage.

If you didn’t get a chance to take the Classically-Tough Trivia Quiz, you can try your hand at it here before reading the answers.

Here are the answers:

1) The Honda CVCC (Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion) was the first car certified by the US Government as compliant with model-year 1975 regulations contained in the Clean Air Act. More surprisingly, unlike every other car to eventually meet the regulations, it did so without the use of a catalytic converter.

2) The back cover of Road & Track throughout the 1950s was dominated by advertisements for Jaguar.

3) Ferrari model name designations corresponding to specific races included: LM (Le Mans), TdF (Tour d’ France, such as the 250GT TdF pictured above as it crossed the auction block at RM in Monterey, CA this past August), MM (Mille Miglia), TF (Targa Florio), Monza, and Mexico. Interestingly, the 365 GTB/4 was never officially named “Daytona”.

(Ferrari 250GT TdF) 

4) Dutch-based Spyker built mostly Benz-powered sports and racing cars starting in 1898, but ended production in 1925. It revived auto production in 2000 with high-end Audi-powered sports cars.

5) The base Corvette ballooned to its heaviest in 1978 at 3,572 pounds, but 1975 offered its all-time worst base power-to-weight ratio.

6) While 1971 was the last year for Porsche’s carbureted air-cooled six-cylinder, there were actually two models with two displacements. The 911T had a 2.2 liter, but the rare 914/6 used a 2.0.

7) In typical Colin Chapman style, the Lotus Elan 1600 Series 1 utilizes the front fame crossmember to store vacuum for the purpose of raising the headlights? Unfortunately, the inherent moisture in a vacuum tank helped to rust the member. Those that didn’t rust often were damage by curbs and bumpers.

8 ) Say what you want about the Edsel’s styling, but it’s hard to find many cars that came with more standard horsepower in 1958. The only vehicles to offer more power were the Baby-Hemi-powered Chrysler 300D, Chrysler New Yorker and DeSoto Adventurer, as well as Edsel’s FoMoCo big brothers Lincoln Capri, Lincoln Premiere and Mercury Park Lane.

9) Although Toyota eventually built the 2000GT, it was Nissan which originally contracted Yamaha and stylist Albrecht Goertz in 1963 to create a two seat sports car. Backing out after the initial prototype, Yamaha approached Toyota.

10) The last time Lincoln offered a vehicle with less than 100 advertised horsepower was 1929.

11) Krit used a swastika as its emblem. Unlike the later NAZI symbol, the Krit’s swastika was not tilted on end.

12) Fiat’s Lingotto plant brought raw materials in at ground level and moved finished cars onto the roof above the fifth story to the test track.

13) In celebration of its victory of the first Mille Miglia, cars from the Italian automaker OM begin the tribute La Festa Mille Miglia each year.

14) In 1969 Pontiac marketed the Le Mans, Trans Am and Grand Prix despite not competing in any of the synonymous races.

15) Buick initially used the Riviera name to denote a hardtop body style (without a fixed B-pillar.)

16) The Ford Mustang was initially only available in Raven Black, Caspian Blue, Skylight Blue, Guardsman Blue, Poppy Red, Rangoon Red, Dynasty Green, Pagoda Green, Cascade Green, Chantilly Beige, Prairie Bronze, Sunlight Yellow, Vintage Burgundy, Wimbledon White, and Silversmoke Gray.

17) Thanks to turbocharging, the 2.2-liter 146-horsepower Chrysler LeBaron/Dodge 600 had the best horsepower to cubic-inch ratio at 1.0814 hp/cu in., beating Ford’s 5.0 Mustang (.662) and Smallblock Corvette (.657). Ford’s turbo SVO Mustang offered a better ratio, but was on available as a coupe.

(1986 Dodge 600ES Turbo Convertible)

18 ) Legendary automotive journalist Tom McCahill penned one of the greatest automotive reviews of all time about the 1951 Jowett Javelin. He wrote that the Javelin “cornered like a porpoise with heartburn”, was styled “like a bride’s first cake: taken out of the oven too soon”, and that “I didn’t know whether to spray it with an aerosol bomb or pat it on the flank.”

19) BMW and Cadillac both have produced engines with six different cylinder counts. BMW’s include the 2-cyl of the Isetta, as well as 4,6,8,10, and 12 cyls in more modern cars. Cadillac’s first car had just a single cylinder, but 4, 6, 8, 12, 16-cylinder Caddies have also been produced.

20) After getting fed-up with the poor reliability of his car James Ward Packard had a less-than-helpful meeting with the President of Winton. During the meeting Mr. Winton challenged Mr. Packard to do better.

21) The extra credit question asked to identify a picture of the famous Buick Y-Job, the vehicle usually recognized as the world’s first concept vehicle. After it completed its tour of many shows and exhibitions, designer Harley Earl put it to use as his daily driver for many years


3 Responses to The New King…Make That New -Queen- Of Collector Car Trivia

  1. suemason says:

    18. Well!
    As the proud owner of two Javelins, a Jowett Jupiter and a Bradford Van, I dont know what to say. Who is this Tom McCahill?

    Please visit us at and get a second opinion.

  2. I have known of Tom McCahill’s review of a Jupiter (not a Javelin) and it is quite hilarious. The Jupiter’s successes in 1951 competition including a great rally and race win in the USA, say it all. No other answer needed.
    Class win Le Mans 1950-51-52. Class 1-2 Monte Carlo Rally 1951. Class 1-2 at the RAC-TT Race at Dundrod over 4 hours. Outright win of the Lisbon International Rally. Outright win of the lake FCCA Tahoe Rally in California. George Weaver’s win at Watkins Glen Sports Car race in an R1.

  3. suemason says:

    Thanks, Edmund for redressing the balance.
    Tom Cahill had probably never baked a cake and taken it out of the oven too soon. I have and still do, some forty two years down the married road.

    But now I dont spend time baking cakes, I blog about Jowetts.

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