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- Automobile history trivia quiz
- 1. First US carmaker to mass-produce cars with standardized
2. This model of car had no options, not even the color. "You can have any color, as
long as it is black!" said the company owner.
3. "Come along with me, ______, In my merry Oldsmobile."
4. In 1903, two automobile executives raced their own cars; Ransom E. Olds in his
"Pirate" and Alexander Winton in his "Bullet." That race was held on
5. In 1908, William C. Durant offered to sell stock in a new venture called General
Motors; then used the cash and stock to buy 4 existing automakers. The brand name of those
first four GM cars:
6. A car was named for this French adventurer who in 1701, founded the city of Detroit:
7. The fifth car company to be part of General Motors (1911) was named for this Swiss-born
race car driver:
8. Charles Ketterings invention was one of the most important advancements the auto
industry has ever known. It first appeared on Cadillacs in 1912. Cars equipped with his
invention sold like crazy. His company: Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co. What was his
9. Following a dispute with stockholders, Ransom E. Olds quit Oldsmobile even before it
was bought by General Motors. He then built cars and trucks under this brand name:
10. What do the initials A.C. stand for in A.C. Spark Plug, ?
11. This man was a chief engineer for General Motors. He quit, bought the Maxwell
automobile works, and changed the car name to his own:
12. The German automaker Daimler named a car for the daughter of one of his employees. The
13. Adolph Hitler supervised the engineering of this "peoples car" and
personally approved the blueprints before it went into production:
14. The designer of the above car would later use much of the engine and chassis parts to
build a sports car which would bear his name:
15. Which American company designed the Jeep, and who built the Jeep? The answer surprised
me, and it may surprise you, too.
16. What is the origin of the name Jeep?
17. This small, inexpensive car was named for the chairman of Kaiser Motors:
18. These brothers sold their company to Chrysler in 1928:
19. Ford named a line of cars for the son of Henry Ford I. The sons name?
20. This South Bend, Indiana company began as a wagon builder in 1852, and built cars and
trucks from 1901 until 1966.
- 21. When this GM president was kicked out of office, he
bought the Jeffery car plant in Wisconsin, changed the car to his name, and merged with
Kelvinator refrigerators: .
22. This president of Ford Motor Company was fired by Henry Ford II. He later would be
named chairman of Chrysler, and rescue it from bankruptcy:
23. Some of Americas most expensive cars in the 1930s were built in Auburn, Indiana,
by the Auburn Company, which built Auburn cars, but also a luxury sports car, and a
stately, huge luxury car. The names of those two cars:
24. Carl Graham Fisher, owner of auto headlamp company Pres-To-Lite, and partner in the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, headed a group which would build a "Coast-to-coast rock
highway." The name of the highway which would be named for an American President:
25. The first and still the only highway connecting Alaska with the lower 48 states was
completed in this year:
26. While most of that Alcan Highway lies in Canada, construction was supervised by this
27. Americas Interstate Highway System was established by this US president:
28. Once a high-volume mid-priced car, Chrysler dropped it in 1961 following slumping
29. In the 1930s, General Motors offered this brand of car, priced between Buick and
30. In the 1950s, this new smaller car was such a success for American Motors, they soon
dropped the big Nash and Hudson cars:
31. At one time it was a big luxurious car. But after it merged with Studebaker in 1954,
sales were so slow it was forced to become a Studebaker clone with only minor trim
32. The Yellow Coach Company would eventually become this brand of trucks:
33. This brand of vehicle took Abraham Lincoln to Ford Theater the night he was fatally
34. John F. Kennedy was riding in this brand of vehicle in Dallas when he was fatally
35. This one-time general manager of Pontiac Division tried to begin a sports car building
36. This car sponsored the TV show, "You bet your life" with Groucho Marx:
37. This car sponsored Dinah Shores TV show:
38. The Beverly Hillbillies truck was actually a cut-down car of this make:
39. The Beach Boys "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" drove this brand of car:
40. He called the Corvair "Unsafe at any speed."
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