Can You Identify These Old School Cars?

Robin Tyler

A true classic, this car was first produced in the late 1930s on the order of a political leader. What is it?

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!

Now a massive name in the motoring world, the first version of this vehicle was only for military use. Can you identify it for us please?

Almost instantly recognizable, the Willys Jeep was produced for American armed forces during World War II. Of course, after the war, Jeep went on to become a very successful commercial brand in its own right.

In 2012, an example of this vehicle sold for $4.620 million at auction. Please tell us the make and model.

A true classic from the '50s, the 300 SL started life as a racing car in 1952 but soon became a production car in 1954 as a two-door coupe. The 300 SL became instantly recognizable thanks to its gullwing doors. Just over 3,200 of the coupe and roadster were built up until 1963. These vehicles are snapped up at auction whenever they are available including one in 2012 for $4.620 million.

First introduced in 1917, this was the first model from a luxury American brand linked to Ford. Can you identify it from the list below?

The first car ever produced by Lincoln was the L-series. The model made its debut in 1917 and was built right up until 1930. Throughout its production run, the L-series was powered by a V8 motor coupled to a 3-speed manual transmission.

This vehicle, a modification on a famous American brand, was produced from 1942 to 1956. Can you identify it?

Northwestern Auto Parts Company, or Napco, was a company established in 1918 that specialized in making four-wheel drive systems for vehicles. One of these projects was for Chevrolet pickups from 1942 to 1956. This gave the vehicle moderate off-road capabilities.

A product of James Scripps-Booth, this strange-looking machine was not much of a success. Please can you name it?

Is it a car? Is it a motorbike? Back in 1913, no one who saw James Scripps-Booth's invention was sure and certainly didn't want to own one!

What is the name of this vehicle? It was powered by a 5.5-liter V8 engine and first marketed in 1949.

Available in a 2-door as a coupe or convertible and as a 4-door sedan, the Cosmopolitan was produced by Lincoln between 1949 and 1951. Power came from a 337 cubic inch 5.5-liter V8 coupled to either a 3-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox.

Can you tell us the name of this vehicle, the dream of one man who ultimately failed in his motoring quest?

The dream of Preston Tucker, the Torpedo only saw 51 units built. Tucker was indicted for fraud, although many say he was set up as he was later acquitted of all charges. Sadly, it ruined Tucker and his Torpedo never went into full-scale production.

Who made this light truck from the early 1940s?

This light truck was part of the Chevrolet fleet from 1941 until 1947. In terms of transmission, the AK only had a three-speed manual gearbox. This was coupled to either a 3.5 or 3.77-liter straight-six engine. The AK was also sold under the GMC badge.

Made by a famous American car maker, this model was only made in 1907. Do you know the make and model?

The Ford Model R was only produced for a brief period in 1907. Essentially it was the same as the Model N but the body was a little bigger, larger fenders and an oil lamp.

Any idea which of the answers below matches up with this vehicle?

The Commander badge was worn by a number of Studebakers starting in the 1920s. The vehicles from the 1950s, however, are in demand with restorers, especially the 1950 Studebaker Commander convertible. This is indeed a classic car.

Can you identify this car, the first vehicle designed and produced by a famous German manufacturer?

The first car designed exclusively by BMW, the 3/20 was produced from 1932 to 1934. It was available in three body options, a four-seat saloon, four-seat cabriolet and a two-seat convertible coupe. The 3/20 was powered by at 788 cc motor.

What is the make and model of this beauty from the 1940s? It was noted for its interesting sloping back.

With its two-door fastback styling, the PV44 was a product of Volvo from 1944 to 1966. It was specifically designed to be a smaller, more fuel-efficient model than the larger cars around at the time. It was noted for its distinctive sloping back.

Around 18,000 examples of this American car were produced between 1927 and 1929. Any idea what it's called?

Marketed between 1927 and 1929, the Series 341. It had a range of body styles and cost between $3,350 and $5,500 depending on the style chosen. Over 18,000 were built of this popular model.

This was the first car ever produced by a famous German manufacturer, although it was built under license. Do you know the make and model?

The 3/15 was the first car produced by BMW and made its debut in 1927. It was originally made under license from Austin in Great Britain until in 1929 when BMW made their own version. BMW also released the DA-3 Wartburg, a sports car version of the 'Dixi' as it was known.

An example of a 1930s pickup, this vehicle was powered by a six-cylinder engine. Do you know the make and model?

Released in the 1930s, the Big Boy C28 was built by the Hudson Motor Company. It came with a 6-cylinder engine as well as a 3-speed manual transmission. Around 600 were built.

This luxury vehicle was produced for a period of seven years. Can you identify it?

Available as a 4-door convertible and sedan, a seven-year production run saw just over 2,900 models of the Twenty manufactured. Its powerplant was a 3.1-liter engine.

Although it had a V8 engine, this vehicle, released in 1917, was massively underpowered. It disappeared a year later. Name it, please.

Introduced in 1917, the D Series was the first Chevrolet to have a V8 engine. Sadly, it was horribly underpowered (only 36 brake horsepower), so much so that other four-cylinder engines were more powerful. By 1918 the D Series had disappeared and Chev only returned to V8 motors 37 years later.

Over 90% of the examples of this vehicle were imported into the United States from the late 1950s. What is it called?

Built between 1959 and 1967, the Austin Healey 3000 was powered by a 2.9-liter straight-6 engine. This two-door vehicle was available as a roadster or convertible, and many 3000’s made their way to North America. In fact, in 1963, over 90% of the 3000s produced actually ended up in the USA.

The first car from a legend in American motoring, what is the name of this vehicle?

Henry Ford designed the Quadricycle in 1896 and over the next five years, built four models. It was a simple machine that ran on an ethanol engine and used bicycle tires.

Powered by a 3.5-liter straight-6 engine which produced around 220 horsepower, can you name this vehicle?

Available as a two-seat convertible and hardtop the 3500 was built by the legendary manufacturer Maserati from 1957 to 1964. This was a front-engined rear-wheel drive car powered by a 3.5-liter straight-6 engine which produced around 220 brake horsepower.

Essentially a wooden bench with an engine, can you identify this old-school car?

The Briggs and Stratton Flyer was essentially a wooden bench that moved. It had no protection for the driver from the elements and no shock absorbers. By 1920, however, cars had already evolved to a point of relative comfort, the Flyer just wasn't what the public was looking for.

Please can you name this vehicle, especially marketed at the fairer sex?

Produced by Dodge between 1955 and 1956, this 2-door hardtop was specifically aimed at the fairer sex. Only 2,500 were sold in a two-year period, although little evidence suggests that it was well marketed.

What is the make and model of this vehicle? One sold for auction in 1999 for a staggering $5.983 million!

Built between 1937 and 1939, this Italian classic sold at auction for $5.983 million in 1999. Imagine how much it would go for now? Essentially, this was a road-going version of the famous 8C 2900A race car.

What is the name of this old-school German car?

A truly beautiful and classic styled 2-seat roadster, the 315/1 was marketed from 1934 to 1937. It was powered by a 1.5-liter engine capable of 40 brake horsepower.

Introduced in the early 1930s, only 100 examples of this vehicle were ever built. It is a classic brand, however. Do you know what it is?

Just 100 examples were built of the L1 Continental Coupe in the early 1930s. They were mostly a two-tone color scheme, with canary yellow and black a favorite. The L1 was powered by a 1.0-liter six-cylinder engine which produced around 41 brake horsepower.

Can you identify the vehicle shown here, a product of Australia introduced in the late 1940s?

Also known as the Holden Business, the 48-215 was a Holden model produced in Australia from 1948 to 1953. It was the first model from General Motors to be marketed under the Holden name.

This Swedish vehicle was available as a sedan, station wagon and convertible! Talk about having your bases covered. What is it?

The Duett was released in 1953 and produced right up until 1969. It came in two main body styles, a station wagon, and a panel van. Some were also released as convertibles. It was powered by a 1.8-liter straight four engine.

One of the most popular early cars in America, name the make and model pictured here, please.

The Curved Dash Oldsmobile was released in 1901 and built to 1907. Before Ford had dreamed about his production line, Oldsmobile was living it when producing the Curved Dash. Although let’s be honest, it still looks like a horseless carriage. The Model T started to look more like a car. Over 19,000 of the Curved Dash Oldsmobile were produced.

The vehicle featured here is essentially a rebranded Plymouth, first seen in the 1940s. What is it?

The Kingsway, which essentially rebranded Plymouth models with some Dodge accessories, bumpers, for instance, were built for markets outside the United States. The Kingsway name first appeared in 1940 and was used up until 1959.

Certainly a looker, this vehicle still could not compete with the likes of those offered by Ford and Chevrolet. Name it, please.

Produced between 1937 and 1939, the Coupe Express J5 looks like a moving piece of Art Deco. Over 3,500 of this beauty were built but in reality, it could never compete with the Ford and Chevrolet equivalents which were priced well below the Express.

What is the name of the vehicle in this image? After it was introduced in 1948, over 1.3 million were made.

The Morris Minor was first manufactured in 1948 and produced for a period of 23 years until 1971. It wasn't a pretty-looking car but over 1.3 million were made over that period.

What is the name of this vehicle, the first to offer an enclosed cabin in America?

One of the earliest Cadillac models, the Model Thirty was produced between 1909 and 1911. It was the first model in the United States to offer a closed body.

Which of these is the first-ever model from a famous Japanese automaker?

The first prototype vehicle produced by Toyota was the A1. When put into production, it became the AA. Over 1,300 were produced in the period from 1936 to 1943. The AA was available as four-door sedan or convertible.

In this image, we have a vehicle considered the first-ever car. Do you know what it's called?

Considered the first-ever car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen was introduced in 1886. Essentially, it was a horse carriage with a small engine and was steered using a tiller arm. Produced over seven years, around 25 were made.

An example of this car sold for $5.1 million in California. What is it?

Built in 1939, the Horch Special Roadster is a vehicle of rare beauty and shows off the classic lines of a pre-World War II car. At an auto auction, a Horch 853A Special Roadster sold for $5.1 million in California.

Powered by a 1.8-liter side valve, four-cylinder gas engine which gave it a top speed of 65 mph, can you name this classic car?

The MG14/28 Super Sports, produced from 1924 to 1927, included a 2-door, 2- and 4-seater open tourer, and a 2-door coupe. Each of these models was powered by a 1.8-liter side valve, four-cylinder gas engine which gave the car a top speed of 65 mph.

Can you name this vehicle, considered to be one of the first sports cars ever built?

Considered the first sports car built by an American company, the Bearcat introduced in 1914 had a four-cylinder 60 horsepower engine. Although by today’s standards that may seem like nothing, in 1914 the Bearcat was the fastest thing on four wheels.

Over 7,000 examples of this vehicle were built by an American manufacturer whose next model would be one of the most famous cars ever built. What is it?

The Ford Model N was produced between 1908 and 1909. It was only made in the color maroon and featured an engine at the front of the car, unlike the Model A and Model C. Over 7,000 were built.

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About This Quiz

Although modern cars are awesome, there is nothing like taking a walk around a lot at a classic car show. These old school cars, although they don't have all the modern options of their newer counterparts, certainly have soul, something missing on many newer cars.

And it's many things that contribute toward that soul ... the leather seats, the brass switches, the wooden steering wheels, and much more. These cars are true classics, loved and preserved by their owners to show us and future generations just what motoring was all about all those years ago when getting from A to B was all about enjoying the ride. And that ride certainly was in style!

But would you be able to recognize these classics from just one image? Cars such as the MG L1 Continental Coupe or the luxury afforded by the Rolls Royce Twenty? Surely you would know one of the greatest old school cars of them all, the Volkswagen Beetle. And what about others such as the Austin Healey 3000 or more obscure old school cars such as the Bi-Autogo or the Briggs and Stratton Flyer?

Well, here is your chance to show us that you do know classic old cars! Let's see how you fare!

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