Remember long-gone auto brands like Maybach or Mercury, or more recently retired ones like Hummer or Pontiac? Do you have fond memories of signs from Sinclair Dino or Flying A while on family road trips as a child? Take this quiz to see if you can identify these old auto brands from a single image!
With so many cars on the road, it can be easy to forget that the automotive industry isn't even 150 years old. Back in 1900, there were fewer than 1,000 gas-powered cars produced in America. Just a few years later, the company had more than 45 automakers -- most selling only a few units a few, and many failing, often taking customers' money with them.
GM was founded in 1908 in Detroit with the goal of uniting many of these small auto companies. By 1911, 30 different makers had joined GM, including such brands as Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac.
A century later, a handful of mega-sized automakers dominate global car sales, but do you remember those that failed along the way? Take our quiz to see if you can identify these nostalgic auto brands from just one picture!
The Sinclair Oil company was formed in 1916 by Harry Sinclair. It produced a range of different oils, including a motor oil with its famous dinosaur logo on the front. The company is still in operation today.
Perhaps one of the most famous oil brands, Shell formed in 1907 as a result of an amalgamation between the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and the Shell Transport and Trading Company.
Founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900, this well-known tire company was the first to make a tread pattern standard in 1909. Firestone has gone on to be the rubber chosen for 60 winners at Indianapolis, the home of American motorsport.
Studebaker was founded in 1852, building wagons at first and eventually moving onto cars. Their first vehicle, built in 1902, was electric. Sadly, unable to produce vehicles at competitive prices, the company folded in 1967 after initially merging with Packard.
Capitol Oil was a product of the Atlantic Refining Company based in Philadelphia. It was formed in 1866 and was bought by John D. Rockefeller in 1874. Atlantic stayed in business right until 1988 when it was purchased by Sunco.
Red Indian oil was a product of the McColl-Frontenac Oil Company formed in 1927. It was marketed in Canada.
Texaco, or the Texas Company, was founded in 1901. By 1928, it was the first company to sell one brand in all of the states of the U.S.
Made in Lucky, Pennsylvania by the Lucky Oil Company, Black Diamond motor oil features a playing card presentation of the ace of diamonds.
Akron, Ohio was the center point for the tire industry in the United States with a number of companies, including BF Goodrich, founded there. BF Goodrich was established in 1870 and is one of the biggest tire companies in the world today.
All State motor oil was a product sold by Sears and Roebuck and Co. It was easily identified thanks to its large US map and bright red container.
With a big massive bull dog as its main logo, this motor oil was hard to miss. It was produced by the Climax Western Oil Company operating out of Minneapolis.
Founded in Chicago by Harry Hower in 1914, Vogue has supplied luxury tires to the American public for over 100 years. Vogue invented the whitewall tire.
General Tire was founded in 1915 in Akron, Ohio by William F. O'Neil and his partner, Winfred E. Fouse. They did not start out by making regular tires, however. Instead, they made jumbo tires for trucks. This was largely due to the fact that there were already 300 tire manufacturers throughout the United States. Only in 1955 did General Tire enter the passenger tire market.
Often called the Rolls Royce of America, Duesenberg was founded in Minnesota by August and Frederick Duesenberg in 1913. The brothers produced luxury cars as well as racecars but by the end of the Depression, the company was struggling and ultimately closed in 1938.
Cord vehicles were manufactured between 1929 and 1932 and then from 1936 to 1937. The company was founded by EL Cord and formed part of the Auburn group.
Founded in 1909, Hudson Motor Company ran until 1954 when it merged with Nash to form the American Motor Corporation. In 1939, Hudson became one of the first motor companies to hire a female designer.
Rocket Motor Oil was produced by the Pittsburgh Penn Oil company, later known as Pennzoil. The tag line for this particular brand was 'Oil for the space age.'
This division of Chrysler marketed vehicles between 1928 and 1961. The brand had some success, selling over 2 million cars. A number of factors led to the demise of the marque including poor decisions by Chrysler as well as a recession.
The name Mobiloil was registered in 1920 by the Standard Oil Company of New York. The name was shortened to just Mobil in 1963. The brand is known for its famous Pegasus logo.
Founded by George Pierce, the Pierce-Arrow Automobile company manufactured vehicles between 1901 and 1938 in Buffalo, New York. They were well known for their luxury vehicles but also produced trucks, bicycles and motorcycles.
With its green and yellow can and large tomahawk for a logo, this motor oil, produced by the Metropolitan Lubricating Oil Terminal, was hard to miss.
The Singer company was originally founded by George Singer in 1874 in England and produced bicycles. From 1901, they entered the automobile business and were the first company to make a smaller version of an already existing car model. The last Singer rolled off the production line in 1970.
Golden Leaf Oil was a product of the Golden State Oil Company.
Established in England in 1901, the Hillman Motor Company existed until 1931. As with many automakers, the company first started out producing bicycles.
Formed in 1916, Nash ran until 1954 where it merged with Hudson to form the American Motor Corporation. Nash was responsible for a few important firsts in US motoring including the first seatbelts, first compact car and first muscle car.
Ben Hur motor oil was a product of the Ben Hur Oil Company that operated out of Los Angeles and New Orleans.
This company was incorporated by the Biles brothers in Toronto in 1927 after they had bought Hamilton Tire and Garage five years earlier. Today, it is one of Canada's most recognized retail franchises.
After John North Willys purchased the Edwards Motor Company in 1913, he moved the operation to Ohio and changed the name to Willys Knight. The company produced cars for the American market between 1914 and 1933.
Husky Motor Oil was a product of the Husky Energy company. The company was founded in Wyoming in 1938 and continues to this day.
Falcon Motor Oil was a product of the Oscar Bryant Oil company that operated out of Hollis, Oklahoma.
Uniroyal started life as the US Rubber company in 1892. Now 125 years on, they are still supplying tires around the world.
'Long lasting, highly refined,' Whippet motor oil was produced by the Pennsylvania Oil Company.
Auburn vehicles were produced from 1900 to 1937 and the company was formed by Charles Eckhart. Sadly, the Depression saw sales of Auburn models dip and the company folded in 1937.
Famous for its V logo with wings, this oil company's products were chosen by Henry Ford to help lubricate the engines of his mass-produced Model T's.
Produced by the Christenson Oil Company operating out of Portland Oregan, Aero Eastern motor oil had a 2,500-mile guarantee.
This marque formed part of the Ford group and was named after Henry Ford's son. Marketed as a car of the future, the Edsel did not live up to the expectations of the public and Ford lost $250 million on the project between 1958 and 1960.
Mercury, a division of Ford, was established in 1938 by Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford. The marque was upmarket and positioned higher than regular Ford cars. Some notable models included the Cougar and the Capri. Sadly, Mercury was closed by Ford in 2011.
British auto manufacturer Sunbeam first started in 1905. During World War 1, the company made airplane engines but returned to cars and motorcycles afterward. The last official Sunbeam vehicle was built in 1936 but the marque itself has appeared on other vehicles.
As part of the Archer Petroleum Company, Archer oil dates back to 1929. Archer first started out producing oil products for both heavy duty machinery as well as aircraft.
A division of General Motors, Pontiac, established in 1926, brought us such classics as the GTO, the Bonneville and the Banshee. Pontiac closed its doors for the last time in 2010.
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was established in Akron, Ohio in 1898 by Frank Seiberling. Today, it is one of the biggest tire companies in the world.
The iconic Checker taxi cabs are this companies claim to fame. Checker Motors first started out in 1922 and made taxis right until 1982. Other than taxicabs, Checker did make a few commercial models.
French manufacturer Simca produced vehicles between 1934 and 1974. Eventually, as part of Chrysler Europe, the brand came to an end in the 1970s.
The Gilmores originally ran a dairy farm, but branched out once oil was found on their property while drilling for water wells. By 1918, they had started to produce and distribute petroleum products including Gilmore motor oil.
Founded by the Packard brothers, William and James, this brand produced luxury vehicles from 1899 till 1958.
The Rambler brand has been associated with the Thomas B Jefferson company from 1900 till 1914, Nash from 1950 to 1954 and finally, AMC from 1954 to 1969. Vehicles with this marque were also produced outside the United States, for instance, in Australia and New Zealand.
Founded by Ransom Eli Olds, Oldsmobile was the first company to mass produce automatic transmissions for their vehicles as well as turbocharged engines. The company lasted from 1897 to 2004.
Continental was founded in 1871 in Hanover, Germany and first produced rubber products including solid tires for bicycles. The famous horse trademark was adopted in 1882
Formed in 1928 as a division of Chrysler, Plymouth gave the world a number of well-known cars including the Fury (Stephen King's Christine), the Barracuda as well as the powerplant, the HEMI. Sadly, the company was closed down in 2001.
The Cooper Tire company was formed in 1920 by Ira J. Cooper. He had prior experience in the industry as part of the Schaefer and Hart tire company. The company became the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in 1946 and by 2000 had 60 facilities in 13 countries.