Quiz about Icons On Four Wheels
Quiz about Icons On Four Wheels

Icons On Four Wheels Trivia Quiz


Some cars are more than simply transport, they are icons of the automotive world. Here are ten such examples.

A multiple-choice quiz by 480154st. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
480154st
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
405,275
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Average
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1. Which car, made between 1961 and 1975, did Enzo Ferrari describe as "the most beautiful car ever made"? Hint

Aston Martin DB5
Jaguar E Type
Lotus Elan
Toyota 2000 GT

2. Although not built since 1927, which car achieved icon status due to the sheer volume of them, thanks mainly to being the first car built on a moving production line? Hint

Oldsmobile Series 40
Buick 6
Ford Model T
Studebaker Light Four

3. Minivans may have achieved popularity in the 1980s, but the first minivan was built in the 1930s by the Stout Motor Car Company. What was the name of this vehicle that was years ahead of its time? Hint

Vision
Goliath
Monteverdi
Scarab

4. High performance sports cars, known as supercars, are quite commonplace now, but which model set the standard in 1966, being the first to utilise the rear wheel drive, mid-engined, two-seater layout? Hint

Porsche 356
De Tomaso Mangusta
Ferrari 250 GTO
Lamborghini Miura

5. Introduced in 2012, which car was a game changer in the electric car category with its top speed of 155 mph (249 kmh) and a between charge range of 350 miles (563 kilometres)? Hint

Rimac Concept One
Jaguar I-Pace
Tesla Model S
Polestar

6. In the 1930s, when cars were mainly owned by affluent people, which vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche burst on the scene and went on to sell over 21 million units? Hint

Toyota Corolla
Chevrolet Suburban
Volkswagen Beetle
Ford Escort

7. Following a successful showing in WWII, which was the world's first mass-produced civilian four-wheel drive car? Hint

Willys Jeep
Land Rover
Ford Ranger
Jensen FF

8. Quite possibly one of the most important cars ever launched was this plug in hybrid from 1997. Which car is driven in TV show "Family Guy" (1999 onwards) by dog, Brian Griffin? Hint

Toyota Prius
Chevrolet Volt
Kia Niro
Nissan Leaf

9. Which car, one of the most influential of the 20th century was the brainchild of designer Sir Alec Issigonis? Hint

Lada Riva
Hillman Imp
BMC Mini
Austin A40

10. Which car, cruelly described as an umbrella on wheels, was introduced in 1948 with the specific aim of helping French farmers move away from transport by horse and cart? Hint

Peugeot 202
Citroen 2CV
Panhard Dyna X
Simca 6


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which car, made between 1961 and 1975, did Enzo Ferrari describe as "the most beautiful car ever made"?

Answer: Jaguar E Type

So many cars produced in the late 1950s and early 1960s valued functionality above all else, and then along came the E Type with its sexy, curvaceous body. The car was based on the Jaguar D Type, a racing car which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race for three consecutive years (1955-1958) and enjoyed some success on the track itself, finishing fourth and fifth at the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hours. Even though the engine was great and the car featured technical innovations like independent suspension and disc brakes all round, the E Type will always be remembered for its looks, and this iconic design was recognised by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, when in 1996, they added a 1963 E Type Series 1 roadster to their permanent display.
2. Although not built since 1927, which car achieved icon status due to the sheer volume of them, thanks mainly to being the first car built on a moving production line?

Answer: Ford Model T

The Ford Model T began life as a hand built car, the same as all cars of the time, and in its first month of production in 1908, just 11 cars were made. By 1910 though, Henry Ford had perfected his ground breaking production line and Model T's were coming off the line every three minutes, with production time per vehicle down from over 12 hours to a little over 90 minutes. Henry Ford's most famous quote is probably, "Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.", but interestingly, between 1908 and 1913, the only colours available to prospective buyers were grey, green, red and blue. Black Model T's were not available until 1914.
3. Minivans may have achieved popularity in the 1980s, but the first minivan was built in the 1930s by the Stout Motor Car Company. What was the name of this vehicle that was years ahead of its time?

Answer: Scarab

The Stout Scarab never achieved the popularity of the cars it inspired such as the Dodge Caravan or Renault Espace due mainly to so few being built. Just nine Scarabs were manufactured and the mid 1930s price of $5000 (3600) put off the majority of potential purchasers, despite it being such an innovative car. The Scarab featured swivelling second-row seats and a removable card table, both of which were an automotive first, and aside from these luxuries, the Scarab also broke ground in the engineering department too.

A version of the Scarab suspension was used on the Lotus Twelve in 1957 and the mounting of the engine and transmission was later copied by Lamborghini in its 1974 Countach model.
4. High performance sports cars, known as supercars, are quite commonplace now, but which model set the standard in 1966, being the first to utilise the rear wheel drive, mid-engined, two-seater layout?

Answer: Lamborghini Miura

Legend has it that the Miura was developed in secret by Lamborghini engineers as owner, Ferruccio Lamborghini was more interested in making tourers such as the company's 350 GT model. He relented and allowed the Miura to go into production after being convinced it could be unveiled as a PR stunt at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, where it was met with much praise.
The Miura was produced between 1966 and 1974, with just 764 being made before it was replaced by the Countach.
While the Miura is regarded as the first road going supercar to use the mid engine, two seater layout, the first production model to actually use this design was the Rene Bonnet Djet, a French made sports car first produced in 1962.
5. Introduced in 2012, which car was a game changer in the electric car category with its top speed of 155 mph (249 kmh) and a between charge range of 350 miles (563 kilometres)?

Answer: Tesla Model S

Every automotive manufacturer is either building or investigating electric cars but it was the Tesla Model S that made the motoring giants sit up and take notice of what could be achieved.
The Model S has gone from strength to strength since its introduction, with new innovations such as an advanced driver assistance system introduced in 2014, and the "Enhanced Summon" feature (which allows the car to navigate its own way through a parking lot to its owner) being introduced in 2016.
Worldwide, the Tesla Model S was the highest selling plug in electric car in both 2015 and 2016 as well as winning countless awards and plaudits, including one from the American independent consumer organization, "Consumer Reports" where it set a new benchmark in testing by scoring 103 points out of 100.
6. In the 1930s, when cars were mainly owned by affluent people, which vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche burst on the scene and went on to sell over 21 million units?

Answer: Volkswagen Beetle

Although it is not a beautiful vehicle, it certainly has a quirky cuteness to it, and the Beetle is hard to beat for long lasting popularity. Between its launch (under the guidance of Adolf Hitler) in 1938 and production ceasing in 2003, over 21 million Beetles were sold around the world.

The model is so popular that it has been used in many racing classes, including the Baja 1000 off road race and drag racing as well as spawning its own series, the Beetle Challenge championship in UK. Then there is of course one of the most famous cars in Hollywood, Herbie, the VW Beetle which first appeared in the movie "The Love Bug" (1968).
7. Following a successful showing in WWII, which was the world's first mass-produced civilian four-wheel drive car?

Answer: Willys Jeep

The original war time jeep was built by both Willys and Ford, but Willys were fastest off the mark when the war ended, marketing the CJ-2A model in 1945, developed directly from their WWII jeep.
This ground breaking vehicle was named by President Eisenhower as "one of three decisive weapons the U.S. had during WWII" and General George Marshall called it "America's greatest contribution to modern warfare."
The name "jeep" is often said to be derived from the Ford version of the vehicle, which was the Ford GP, but the term was used by the armed services possibly as early as WWI to denote both new recruits and untested machinery or vehicles.
In 1936, the "Popeye" cartoons by E.C. Segar featured a character called Eugene the Jeep who was able to go anywhere and solve seemingly impossible problems, so it is clear that while we may not know the origin of the word "jeep", we can be certain it wasn't a bastardisation of GP.
8. Quite possibly one of the most important cars ever launched was this plug in hybrid from 1997. Which car is driven in TV show "Family Guy" (1999 onwards) by dog, Brian Griffin?

Answer: Toyota Prius

The Prius burst onto the motoring scene to much derision but proved all the doubters wrong by launching the green motoring revolution. The original model was available only in Toyota's home country of Japan, but in 2000 after three years of strong domestic sales, became available in the rest of the world.
Sales of the Prius passed the one million mark worldwide in 2008 and since then, the numbers have continued to impress with two million sold by 2010 and three million by 2013.
9. Which car, one of the most influential of the 20th century was the brainchild of designer Sir Alec Issigonis?

Answer: BMC Mini

The Mini defined an era, so synonymous was it with the swinging sixties. As BMC merged with Leyland to become British Leyland and later became Rover Group, support and sales for the Mini never wavered and this car, which was such fun to drive, was produced from 1959 to 2000 when Rover was bought by BMW.
BMW, realised what an icon they had in the Mini and retained the name for their new small car, which continues to sell well.
Well known stars who fell in love with the Mini's charms in the 1960s included all four of the Beatles, Twiggy, Peter Sellars and Enzo Ferrari.
The car was also one of the stars, perhaps even the main star, of the classic 1969 movie "The Italian Job", also starring Michael Caine.
10. Which car, cruelly described as an umbrella on wheels, was introduced in 1948 with the specific aim of helping French farmers move away from transport by horse and cart?

Answer: Citroen 2CV

The 2CV takes its name from a rather clever play on words, with CV in French being pronounced as "chevaux", the French word for horse and this was the perfect name for a vehicle intended to replace the horse for rural French families. The design brief for the car was incredible as it was stipulated that the car must be able to carry four people and 50kg of goods at 30mph (48kmh), across muddy and unpaved roads.

It was suggested at the prototype stage that the 2CV should be able to carry a basket of eggs across a ploughed field without them breaking and also manage close to 80mpg (2.9 litres per 100 km). Amazingly, the designers at Citroen managed all this and the 2CV which was manufactured between 1948 and 1990 became a true icon.
Source: Author 480154st

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