The Ultimate Auto Identification Quiz!

By: Robin Tyler

The most classic Citroen of them all, the DS certainly seemed way ahead of its time design-wise when released in 1955. It was produced for a period of 20 years, and over 1.4 million were made. It was available in three body shapes during this time, 4-door sedan, 5-door station wagon and 2-door convertible.

Built between 1998 and 2007, the Wildcat was made by Bowler industries using a range of parts, even those from Land Rover Defenders. This all-wheel-drive off-roader is particularly light thanks to its tubular construction. Wildcats had a range of engine options including three gasoline (4, 4.6 and 5-liter V8s) and two turbo diesel (2.2 and 2.5-liter).

The Golden Eagle trim package was available for both the Jeep CJ-5 and CJ-7. It was introduced in 1977 and featured one color option initially, thrush brown. More colors were added from 1978. Golden Eagle Jeeps also included a large eagle decal on the hood, a Levi's soft top cover and large spoked wheels.

Also known as the QashQai, the Dualis is yet another compact crossover SUV offered by Nissan. It first entered the market in 2006 and is currently in its second generation. The Dualis is marketed as the Nissan Rogue in the United States.

A commercial van model, the Sprinter first entered the market in 1995. It is also available as a people carrier. The Sprinter has proved to be a popular model, especially for those who want a slightly upmarket van option.

The Tesla Roadster not only can travel up to 250 miles on a single charge, but it also goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. That puts many gasoline-powered sports cars to shame in the acceleration stakes.

Also known as the Bighorn, the Trooper was produced over two generations from 1981 to 2002. The off-road credentials of the Trooper are borne out by the fact that these models won a number of international off-road races, including the marathon section of the 1994 Paris-Dakar rally.

The Rebel, particularly the 1970 models, took AMC straight into the muscle car fight. This was a real looker, blessed with a muscle car stance. With “Up with the Rebel Machine!”, AMC's slogan for the car, they were certainly trying to buy into the younger market.

Designed by Jerry Palmer, the Beretta, a front-wheel-drive two-door coupe based on the Chevrolet L body platform was manufactured between 1987 and 1996. It offered seven engine options with the most powerful a 3.1-liter V6.

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.

The Dodge Adventurer was a version of the Dodge D-Series pickup and was marketed by Dodge from 1968 to 1971. By 1970, there were three Adventurer models for customers to choose from - the base model, the Sport and SE.

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 3000s made their way to North America. In fact, in 1963, over 90% of the 3000’s produced actually ended up in the USA.

Currently only available in China, the CDX is a compact luxury crossover SUV and the first vehicle from the brand to include a turbocharger. Future markets for the vehicle might include the United States.

This high-performance executive car didn't sell massive numbers from 2005 to 2009. In fact, only 2,503 were produced. It remains an impressive car, however, with a 4.4-liter Northstar LC3 V8 engine producing an impressive 469 brake horsepower. The STS-V was capable of 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

This van was first produced in 1961. Four different generations were built up until 2014 when the brand was replaced by the new Transit. The E-Series dominated the van market in North America, claiming well over 70% market share at times.

This SUV has been marketed in Japan since 1997. In other markets, it is known as the Lexus RX. A range of power plants are on offer, with the current generation including a hybrid. They also include the Toyota Safety P system, which includes a pre-crash safety system.

The K900 boasts a spacious, well-finished interior, many impressive standard features as well as offering a comfortable, smooth ride. Where it does slip against some of its rivals is the fact that it posts some puny gas mileage numbers.

First introduced in 1989, the first generation 8 Series was marketed until 1999 as a Grand Tourer and powered by either a V8 or V12 engine. BMW has plans to relaunch the series at some point in 2018.

While it won’t take you on the tougher trails like a Range Rover might, the LR4 does provide enough to tackle those country trails and paths you might enjoy on weekends. It includes a powerful V8 engine and an air suspension to help you along the way.

Now in its third generation, the Honda Fit is a subcompact car which first entered production in 2001. Current models include either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox and either gasoline or diesel engine options. This vehicle is known as the Honda Jazz in certain markets.

The first electric car offered by General Motors, the EV1 was offered as a model between 1996 and 1999. Only 1,100 sold with General Motors eventually recalling them all and destroying them.

The Opel Mokka is the German car manufacturer's current SUV offering. It was launched in 2012 and is available in a number of markets. Interestingly, this SUV is marketed in China and the USA but as the Buick Encore. The Mokka offers both gasoline and diesel power plants.

Also known as the China Dragon, this is a 2-door coupe model from Geely. It was produced between 2009 and 2011 and was a powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine built under license from Toyota.

Marketed by Holden between 1985 and 1991, the Scurry was based on a Suzuki platform. The Scurry was a compact 5-door van.

Produced between 1973 and 1975, the Apollo from Buick was available as a 2-door coupe and hatchback and a 4-door sedan. The most powerful engine option available to the Apollo was a 350 cubic inch 5.7-liter V8.

A rebadged Lancia with the same model name, the Ypsilon is currently sold in Japan and the United Kingdom. It has four engine options ranging from 900cc to 1.2-liter.

The Bricklin SV-1 was the brainchild of Malcolm Bricklin. Simply put, there was never enough money to see the project off the ground properly, and although a few cars were made, they did not generate enough revenue for the project to continue.

A Dodge Viper engine in a pickup? Yes, it really happened. The Ram SRT-10 was the fastest production truck at the time, completing 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds and able to reach 155 mph. And all of that power was channeled through a manual transmission! Scary!

Much debate surrounds this vehicle. Some say it was the first MG ever built although it only came to light two years after the brand had already in production. What is known is that it was built to race in sporting events. It was powered by a 1.6-liter engine.

With only 20 built, it will cost you $2.2 million to experience the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, unless you know the right people.

A V12 engine which produces 800 horsepower is the driving force behind the Aston Martin Vulcan. Not only does it cost $2.3 million to own one, but Aston Martin sends you on a special driving course before they hand it over to you.

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, and the Flyer just wasn't what the public was looking for.

So good they named it twice ... well sort of! Another hypercar with breathtaking (or is that neck-breaking) acceleration, the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta reaches 62mph from a standing start in around 3 seconds. Hand over up to $2.2 million to experience it, however.

The Ford Model N was produced between 1906 and 1908. 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.

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.

This four-wheel drive pickup truck is made by the Russian auto manufacturer VAZ. It was first introduced in 2000.

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

A modern '60s throwback, this muscle car takes design features from all the classics and packages it together with a 6.4-liter V8 LS9 engine from General Motors which produces 640 brake horsepower. It will set you back a cool $250,000, however.

Released in 2007, the SoCool is a pickup truck from Great Wall Motors. It offers two powerplant options, a 2.2-liter gasoline and 2.8-liter diesel.

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About This Quiz

Surely the motor car must rank as one of the greatest ever inventions (you pipe down over their, airplane). In just over a century and a bit, the motor car has revolutionized the world. I wonder if Karl Benz could have known what the world would be like thanks to his Benz Patent Autowagen. Just don't ever tell him about the traffic, or CO2 emissions.

All kidding aside, his invention led to pickups, SUVs, crossover vehicles, trucks and much, much more. Each and every one of them has their unique place in our daily lives, be it taking us from point A to point B, transporting goods across the country or even providing a little bit of recreational fun. And over the years, car designers continued to improve the automobile. Just think about how different the modern car is to say a model of 20 years ago. And in the future? Already we have driverless cars ... maybe they soon will fly as well.

But let's get back to the task at hand. This is a car identification quiz, taking in vehicles from many countries and certainly from many different periods in motoring. Do you think you have what it takes to ace it?

Let's see!

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