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The Ultimate Art Deco Car Quiz
by Staff
Cars from the Art Deco era were about more than just simple transportation. They were expressions of high style accessible only to the most affluent of people. Do you think you're good enough to be an Art Deco car expert?

Art Deco cars were most prominent during which decade?

  • 1920s
  • 1930s
  • 1940s

Which of these car companies would NOT be considered a maker of an Art Deco car?

  • Honda
  • Delahaye
  • Bugatti

Fill in the blank: The Art Deco aesthetic was known for its ______.

  • simplicity, curves and bright colors
  • expressions of organic objects like flowers
  • boxy lines and jagged edges

The Art Deco scene grew out of which previous artistic movement?

  • Cubism
  • Structuralism
  • Art Nouveau

Which of these buildings are characterized by the Art Deco style?

  • the State Capitol of Texas
  • the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall and the Chrysler Building in New York City
  • the Taj Mahal

Which of these neighborhoods are characterized by an abundance of Art Deco structures?

  • Miami's historic district
  • downtown London
  • the French Quarter in New Orleans

Fill in the blank: Art Deco vehicles were typically ______, ______ and ______.

  • small, fuel-efficient and fast
  • boxy, overly simple and riding on small tires
  • large, opulent and streamlined

Which of these were common styling cues of Art Deco cars?

  • coupes with streamlined shapes and round, large fenders
  • short, four-door sedans with removable roofs
  • wheels placed outside the body like a racing car

What is coachbuilding?

  • a process where an old horse-drawn coach would be converted into a car
  • a procedure where a company would customize a body to the owner's specifications and add them to a car's naked chassis
  • a method where the engine designer would also design the car's body

What kind of engine was in the Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet?

  • a 9-liter, 12-cylinder, aircraft-based engine
  • a 2.5-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine
  • a 16-cylinder, supercharged engine

How much money did a Delage D8-120 Cabriolet cost in the late 1930s?

  • $15,000
  • $75,000
  • $200,000

Which of these more affordable American cars featured Art Deco styling?

  • the Ford Model A
  • the 1935 Chevrolet line
  • the Chrysler Airflow

Fill-in-the-blank: After the Art Deco era ended, car designs became increasingly ______.

  • conservative
  • similar to the old Art Nouveau style
  • based on unorthodox designs

Why are Art Deco cars in such limited supply today?

  • They aren't -- good examples can be seen everywhere.
  • They were built in limited numbers in the 1930s and a lot of them didn't survive World War II.
  • They were extremely unpopular.

How much did an Art Deco-styled 1937 Bugatti 57SC fetch at auction in 2008?

  • $1.5 million
  • $17 million
  • $7.9 million

Where is Peter Mullin's museum (Mullin Automotive Museum) located?

  • Oxnard, Calif.
  • Toronto, Canada
  • San Marcos, Texas

The Mullin Automotive Museum features cars and motorcycles that once belonged to Otis Chandler. Who was he?

  • the first man to win at the 24 Hours of LeMans
  • the publisher of the Los Angeles Times newspaper
  • an early investor in Bugatti

A rare 1934 Voisin C27 Grand Sport Cabriolet on display at the Mullin Automotive Museum once belonged to whom?

  • King Edward of England
  • the shah of Persia
  • President Harry S. Truman

Which of these Art Deco car companies is still manufacturing passenger cars today?

  • Bugatti
  • Panhard
  • Delahaye

Art Deco drew design inspiration from which of these cultures?

  • medieval England
  • ancient Egypt
  • feudal Japan