In the early day of the motor car, they were nothing more than carriages without the horses. And let's face it, they weren't that attractive. But then again, those driving them didn't care, did they. Why? They had a vehicle that would get them from A to B far quicker than a horse-drawn carriage might!
Of course, as engines developed and cars became more powerful, more and more thought went into design. It was Chrysler in the 1930s that developed a model, the Airflow, that was aerodynamically designed in its entirety. It didn't perform that well, saleswise, because maybe the motoring public just was not ready for it.
But car engineers didn't give up. They knew that aerodynamics not only made a vehicle look more impressive, beautiful if you will, but it also meant they caused less drag, hence more speed. Less drag also meant better fuel efficiency. Fast forward to today where modern cars are the result of hundreds of people, working on every element of design, and then manufacturing the final product.
But enough about aerodynamics and the like. Let's see how good your car identification skills are. There is a catch, however. No longer do you get to see the whole car. It's just a single part or section of the car that you will see. Don't worry. It is something significant, however, to help you identify it.
Built between 1980 and 1999, the Silver Spirit is the epitome of luxury. Four distinct marks were produced during a 19-year period with the final version, the Mark IV powered by a 6.75 L Rolls-Royce L410 V8 engine.
An entry-level Porsche between 1965 and 1969, the 912 is a variant of the 911. Initially, it even outsold its more famous sibling. Although it was not as powerful as the 911, it was incredibly fuel efficient.
The Batmobile in the 1960s Batman TV series was, in fact, a Lincoln Futura, a concept car from 1955 which only one was ever built. The Batmobile itself was not this Futura but a replica with a fiberglass body. In 2013, it was sold for an astonishing $4.62 million at auction.
Considered the first sports car built by an American company, the Bearcat introduced in 1914 had a four-cylinder 60 brake horsepower engine. Although by today’s standards that may seem like nothing, in 1914 the Bearcat was the fastest thing on four wheels.
Who doesn’t love the Fiat 500? No, we are not talking about the modern one but the first model, released in the 1950s. This car took Europe by storm and it's not difficult to understand why. Small, cheap and certainly cute, 500s from that era remain in demand today.
The Dodge Viper designed by Tom Gale, who helped design the famous Lamborghini Diablo Viper RT/10, was introduced in 1992. It is powered by an 8-liter V10 engine which produced 400 brake horsepower.
A two-door coupe or fastback, the Crossfire was marketed by Chrysler between 2004 and 2008. The Crossfire was designed and built during Chrysler's association with Daimler and interestingly features many Mercedes SLK parts. The Crossfire was also powered by a 3.5-liter V6 AMG engine. Just over 76,000 were sold worldwide during its production run.
Microcars have a certain charm and perhaps the most famous of them all is the Isetta. Interestingly, this was not a BMW design but built under license. BMW built the Isetta between 1955 to 1962.
The Pacer was not everybody’s cup of tea back in the day. But thanks to an iconic part in the Hollywood blockbuster, Wayne’s World, this little car has developed quite a cult following. It still isn't very good, however.
The first generation of the Ford GT40 won the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for four straight years from 1966 to 1969, which included filling out the top three positions in 1966. Only 105 were produced.
Since 2012, the Honda Civic has sold over 1.6 million units in the United States alone. The Civic brand was first introduced by the Japanese automaker in 1972 in the subcompact car bracket. From 2000, however, the Civic has competed in the compact car class. Including sales up until the end of 2015, 18.5 million Civics have been sold worldwide.
A civilian version of the Humvee military vehicle, the Hummer H1 would then obviously be more than capable as an off-roader. And it is but with limitations. In fact, some H1 owners went as far as changing out the standard 6.5 liter diesel engine and replacing it with something to provide more speed.
This incredible-looking sports car was produced by Jaguar between 1992 and 1994. Powered by a 3.5 L twin-turbocharged V6 engine, only 275 were made.
Has there ever been a car more iconic than the Volkswagen Beetle? Or a car produced for a period of over 65 years like the Beetle was (the last rolled off the production line in 2003 in Mexico)? No, there probably hasn’t been and never will be. A true classic!
Almost instantly recognizable, the Willys Jeep was produced for American armed forces during the World War II. Of course, after the war, Jeep went on to become a very successful commercial brand in its own right.
The brainchild of Carroll Shelby, the Cobra debuted in 1962. Based on a lightweight body that he imported from the AC Cars, Shelby bolted a Ford 260 engine to it. And the rest is history!
First released in 1997, it was hard not to notice the Prowler with its retro styling. This 2-door roadster was powered by a 3.5-Liter EGG V6 engine. Over 11,000 were made.
Launched in 2010, the Juke immediately caught the eye with its very different looks in what was a bland compact crossover SUV market. The Juke originally first appeared as a concept car in 2009. It proved popular in the United States, selling over 150 000 units over a five-year period from 2012 to 2016.
A luxury SUV, the Tesla Model X is an electric vehicle capable of traveling between 237–295 miles on a single charge depending on driving conditions. Sporting all-wheel drive and two motors, the top of the range P90D produces 193 kilowatts to the front tires and 375 kilowatts to the rear tires!
Introduced in 1998, the Smart ForTwo is a city or microcar that weighs a mere 880 kg is 106 inches long and 65 inches wide. Still in production, the current Mk III is available as a 3-door hatchback or 2-door cabriolet.
Perhaps one of the lesser-known muscle cars, the Rogue certainly had the credentials. Not only was it a lightweight two-door coupe, but it had all the power it needed thanks to a 280 horsepower-producing V8. Sadly, it was up against Mustangs, Camaros and GTO's and never really stood a chance in that company.
With its four headlights, Phoenix decal on the hood, massive air scoop and sleek lines, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am certainly looked the part. And car lovers bought it in droves with over 100,000 sold that year alone.
One of the oddest looking vehicles on the road, the Nissan Cube was released by Nissan for sale in Japan in 1998. After a decade, it was made available in both the European and US markets. This mini MPV is now in its third generation and although it initially sold well in the US, figures have dropped off significantly.
Developed in conjunction with the Formula 1 team, McLaren, the SLR made its debut in 2003 and was built until 2010. With a 5.4 L supercharged M155 SLR V8 under the hood and a manual gearbox, the SLR was somewhat of a monster and generated over 600 brake horsepower!
A four-door saloon car with epic performance – yes that’s the Maserati Quattroporte! The history of this model traces back to 1963, but the current model, the VI really stands out. The top of the range model features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that pushes out an astonishing 523 horsepower!
Produced between 1936 and 1940, the Zephyr was a mid-sized luxury car produced by Lincoln. It was the only car in its class to feature a V12 engine with its rivals running V8's and straight 8s. The Zephyr was available in a variety of body types including 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible and 4-door sedan to name a few.
A sports car from Lexus, the LFA was produced for just a two-year period from 2010 to 2012. It was one of the most expensive cars offered by the brand and only 500 were built. The LFA was powered by 4.8-liter V10 capable of producing 552 brake horsepower.
Known for their sports cars, the LM002 was a massive departure for Lamborghini. It was built between 1986 and 1993 with 328 made. Interestingly, Pirelli was commissioned to make custom tires for the vehicle.
One of the most famous brands of the Corvette is the Mk II Stingray, produced between 1963 and 1967. This classic had either a 2-speed automatic gearbox or 3-speed manual with a range of engine options including small and big block V8s.
As the luxury brand of Nissan, Infiniti offers top-quality cars but a little pricier than other vehicles in their respective segments. The Q70 is certainly not cheap, even at entry level, but it does offer a host of onboard features, ample space for cargo and passengers and an excellent fuel-efficient hybrid engine.
With a range of affordable, high-spec cars coming out of Korea, Hyundai’s Elantra model is certainly one of the best cars available from that Asian country. This car, which features in the compact class, has been on the market since 1990 and was available in the United States the following year.
The entry-level Yukon has less than stellar cargo space. That can be overlooked, however, thanks to its fine interior finish and the massive amount of power sitting under your right foot.
This mid-engined two-seat sports car was first marketed by Audi in 2006. It is available as a coupe and convertible and uses Audi's all-wheel-drive system. This, along with a 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine give the R8 plenty of oomph!
A hybrid sports car first seen in 2014, the i8 is not only good for the environment but it is possibly one of the best-looking cars on the road today. And for a hybrid, it is incredibly quick, going from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
A real looker, the SJ was only for the rich and famous. After all, it was produced during the depression, so the man in the street was certainly not going to get behind the wheel. These cars had a supercharged motor and were capable of traveling at over 100 mph.
This concept car was built in small numbers. In fact, only 55 were made, of which 50 were used in a designed user program. As one can tell by the name, this Chrysler model was driven by a turbine engine. Only nine remain today of which two are in private hands.
One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by Chevrolet was the Bel Air. Manufactured between 1955 and 1957, it will always be remembered for its fantastic trim and those beautiful pointy tailfins.
When you think of big luxury SUVs, certainly the Escalade pops into your mind. With its massive 20-inch rims, large tires and plenty of chrome, the Escalade is perfect for those who want to make an entrance. This probably explains why it is loved by rappers!
First released in 1964, the Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. Sales in its first year were well beyond what Ford had envisioned as around 400,000 vehicles were shifted.