Can You Identify These Rust Bucket Cars?

By: Robin Tyler

Arguably the most iconic muscle car ever, the Mustangs were first released in 1964. It proved one of the most popular debuts ever and within a year, 400,000 units had been sold, which quadrupled Ford’s sale estimates.

Early NASCAR racing saw drivers using stock vehicles, hence the term stock car. The Hudson Hornet was so dominant that if you were not driving one, you didn't stand a chance of a NASCAR win, no matter how talented a driver you were.

One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by Chevrolet was the Belair. The model manufactured between 1955 and 1957 will always be remembered for its fantastic trim and those beautiful pointy tail fins.

The Corvette name is loved around the world. From its inception in 1953, the Corvette brand is the jewel in the Chevrolet crown.

The Charger was Dodge's first muscle car in the 1960s and entered the market as their answer to Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

The first 4x4 Bronco hit the trails in 1966, and between that year and 1996, proved to be a more than capable off-roader. Blessed with a turning circle of just 33.8 feet, thanks to a wheel base of 9 inches, later models also included a Ford V8 engine with incredible torque.

One of the world's classic cars, the Citroen 2CV was built between 1948 and 1990. Its unique shape is instantly recognizable, even to the man in the street. Over 3.8 million were built.

The Impala name is synonymous with Chevrolet. This iconic brand first hit the vehicle market in 1958.

Certainly an iconic name in American motoring, the Cadillac DeVille was produced between 1958 and 2005.

The CJ-6 was a variant of the CJ-5 with the addition of an extra 20 inches added to the wheelbase. It was produced from 1955 to 1976 with around 50,000 units manufactured.

Built between 1958 and 1971, the Galaxie was so named to take advantage of the space race between the USSR and the United States. This vehicle was in direct competition with the Chevrolet Impala.

In 1949, Chrysler released the third generation of the New Yorker. This stunning model was available as a sedan, convertible, hardtop and station wagon and in 2- and 4-door configurations, depending on the model.

Pontiac produced some iconic names in motoring and none more so than its GTO. The first models, released in 1964, were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe. This was a serious muscle car and remains a firm favorite with enthusiasts today, especially to restore.

The El Camino was produced by Chevrolet between 1964 and 1987. It was available in a number of body options, including as a utility vehicle and a coupe.

The Valiant, marketed by Plymouth, was a vehicle in the compact class and marketed from 1960 to 1976. The first generation was available as a 2- or 4-door sedan as well as a wagon.

This classic was a product in the Mercury vehicle range from 1939 to 1954. The first generation was powered by the classic Ford 3.9-liter flathead V8.

The Thunderbird was originally devised by Ford to compete with the first-generation Corvette. Much debate rages whether this vehicle could be considered as a muscle car, but early models certainly displayed many traits adopted by muscle cars in the 1960s.

A great name for a car, don't you think? The Torpedo, from Pontiac, was a full-sized sedan powered by either a straight six or straight eight engine. It had a range of body types, including a convertible.

A muscle car in the true sense of the word, the Chevrolet Camaro was first manufactured in 1967. Over the next 35 years, there were four generations produced of this American favorite, and then the model was shelved until 2010.

A truly beautiful-looking car, the Plymouth Belvedere has that typical '50s look - long and with pointy tail fins! It was available as both as a sedan, hardtop and wagon, in both 2- and 4-door configuration.

Released for one year only, the Edsel Pacer appeared in 1958, sold 20,000 units in its different guises and was never seen again. Sad, really. The Pacer was available as a convertible, hardtop and sedan in both 2-door and 4-door models.

Produced between 1937 and 1939, the Coupe Express J5 looks like a moving piece of Art Deco. Over 3500 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.

The 1958 Pontiac Bonneville saw the Bonneville name associate to its own model for the first time. This beautiful car was only available as a 2-door convertible or hardtop.

Without a doubt, the Model T from Ford is one of the most iconic cars ever built. Not only did Henry Ford make a car that was affordable to the ordinary citizens of the United States, but he was able to produce them at such a rate to be able to keep up with the demand. From 1908 to 1927, 15 million Model T's were sold in the United States.

Although the Skylark had been around since the 1950s, in 1965, Buick introduced the Skylark Gran Sport. It was available as a hardtop, coupe and convertible and powered by an engine produced for the first time in the 1950s - the Wildcat 455. This 401 cubic inch V8 engine produced 325 brake horsepower.

This four-seater sedan was produced by Audi from 1965 to 1972. It featured either a 1.5- or 1.8-liter engine.

The first generation of the Oldsmobile 88 was produced from 1949 to 1953. This classic beauty was powered by a 5.0-liter Rocket V8.

Another vehicle with that classic '50s look, the Buick Super included a 2-door convertible. All models in 1958 were V8-powered, specifically by the 5.0-liter Nailhead motor.

The first Ford in the F-Series was released in 1948, and over the years, this brand has become one of America's favorite pickups. And it shows in sales figures. Over the last three decades, the F-Series has outsold every competitor with ease. The latest models of the F-150 retain all that Ford history while giving their owners a thoroughly modern vehicle.

The Ambassador name was associated with Nash for a period of around 25 years. Early models in the 1930s were powered by a 4.6-liter straight six engine.

The Grand Am marque had been in use by Pontiac since the early '70s. It disappeared for a while, only to return in 1985 when it was brought back to replace the uninspiring Phoenix model. It was marketed in the compact car class.

Competing in the subcompact segment, the Vega was produced by Chevrolet between 1971 and 1977. It was available as a hatchback, wagon, notchback and panel delivery vehicle. Over 2 million Vegas were sold during its production run.

The Stephen King book, Christine, famously is about a Plymouth Fury that is possessed. Early Furies have that classic long body and pointy tail fins and of course, the obligatory V8 motor.

Based on the Chevrolet Camaro chassis, the Pontiac Firebird was its own car and certainly caught the attention in the mid-1960s. The Firebird was powered by a range of engines including straight-six and V8s. Over 82,000 were sold in 1967, the first year of production.

Produced between 1951 and 1956, the Patrician from Packard saw three generations. The final one was powered by a V8 motor, but having sold just 3,000 units in its final year, it was dropped as a Packard model.

A true auto classic, the Studebaker President was released over four generations from 1926 to 1955, with breaks in production in between

Like all cars from the mid-1950s, the Star Chief from Pontiac was a real looker. 1955 was also the year V8 power was introduced for the model.

The Model A was the successor to the Model T and was just as much of a success. In a period of only six months between February and July 1929, over 1 million were sold.

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.

Has there ever been a car more iconic than the Volkswagen Beetle? No, there probably hasn’t been and never will be. A true classic!

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About This Quiz

Many car enthusiasts dream of restoring a classic. So many old rust buckets exist out there, just waiting for a helping hand to restore them to their former glory. And they can be found in the strangest of places - scrapyards, barns - you name a storage area and somewhere in the world a car is just sitting, waiting for someone to come along!

Over the past few decades, car restoration has certainly become a booming business, not only in the United States but all over the world. More and more car lovers are saving their hard-earned cash to find that special car from their youth, for example, perhaps the first car they ever owned. Perhaps they still own it, but it has fallen on hard times. 

There's nothing like restoring a piece of your own individual history back to pristine glory. 

And we have the TV to thank for showing us that car restoration, although costly, is certainly possible. Think of Overhaulin' with Chip Foose, Fast 'n Loud, Chasing Classic Cars - the list is endless! These just show us just what can be achieved!

So now, let's see if you can identify a range of car models from their rusty shells in our quiz!

Good luck!

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