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15 Car Trivia Questions And Answers

Bet You Can’t Get All of These Questions Right!

Not everyone is a car person. That being said, knowing the answers to these auto trivia questions will definitely help keep you in the driver’s seat, so to speak. Also, providing these little automotive tidbits at the next dinner party can be a great way to break the ice while sharing your passion for everything cars.


old-carWhat Was The First Car?

Answer: Designed, built and patented by Karl Benz in 1886, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen is universally recognized as the first internal combustion automobile. In 1926, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler would join forces and companies, creating Daimler-Benz, later Mercedes-Benz.



mustang-planHow Did The Ford Mustang Get Its Name?

Answer: Ford executive stylist John Najjar is credited with naming the Mustang. Najjar was said to be a fan of the WWII-winning P-51 Mustang fighter plane, thus using the powerful moniker for Ford’s iconic and first of the Pony cars.




What Car Did James Dean Die In?

Answer: Not to be morbid or ghoulish, this is a common trivia question. James Dean, besides being an actor/heartthrob of the 1950’s, was also an avid car racer, wishing to become a pro one day. He was killed in 1955 while driving his Porsche 550 Spyder from LA to Salinas, California to compete in a race. His Porsche was hit by a truck, Dean suffering multiple fatal injuries including a broken neck.




What Was The First Muscle Car?

Answer: Although there had been powerful cars built up to this point, it is the 1964 Pontiac GTO, which is recognized as the first true Muscle car. With an advertising and marketing campaign stating the facts, the midsize Pontiac Tempest/LeMans could be optioned with the GTO package, featuring a 389ci Tri-power (3-dual carburetors) engine, dual exhaust and hood scoops. Pictured here is a ’65 model and its 2005 offspring.



mcqueenWhat Car Does Steve McQueen Drive In the Movie ‘Bullitt’?

Answer: Arguably the greatest car chase sequence in movie history (although some people would argue that the Fast and Furious franchise has better chase sequences), the king of cool, Steve McQueen, drives a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback in Highland green paint, equipped with a 390ci motor and a 4-speed manual transmission.



rolls-royceWhat WWII Contribution Is Rolls-Royce Most Famous For?

Answer: Famous for its hand-built high-luxury cars, the British carmaker is noted for developing and building the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine during WWII. The 12-piston motor equipped many British warplanes including the Supermarine Spitfire. A variant was licensed and built by Packard and fitted to the North American P-51 Mustang Fighter. Both planes played pivotal roles in the ultimate destruction of the Luftwaffe (German Air force).



moparWhat Does MOPAR Mean

Answer: Originally a sort of acronym for Chrysler Motor Parts, “MO-PAR” is now widely accepted as referring to any and all, high-performance offerings from Chrysler’s auto divisions past or present, such as Dodge, Plymouth, or today’s iterations from Chrysler SRT, (Street racing & Technology) division, like the Challenger shown here.



vwWho Designed The Volkswagen Beetle?

Answer: Contrary to popular belief, Adolf Hitler had little to do with the overall design of the iconic VW Beetle or (Bug). He did however, contract Ferdinand Porsche in 1934, to build an affordable Volkswagen (Peoples Car), emulating the success of Henry Ford’s Model T. Ferdinand Porsche would start Porsche Motors after WWII, eventually bringing the iconic 911 to life.


dukesWhat Kind Of Car Is The General Lee From ‘The Dukes Of Hazzard’?

Answer: The General Lee was based off of a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, although many ‘modified ’68 Chargers were used in filming, sharing the same sheet metal with the ’69’s.




nascarWhat Does NASCAR Stand For?

Answer: Standing for the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, it was founded by Bill France, Senior in 1947-48 and is still family operated, with grandson Brian at the helm today.




le-mansWhat Manufacturer Has The Most 24 Hours Of Le Mans Wins?

Answer: Between 1970 and their last victory in 1998, Porsche claims the most championships with 18. Pictured here is the Porsche machine that captured the prestigious race’s checkered flag in 1998.



smokeyWhat Car Did Burt Reynolds Drive In the Film ‘Smokey And The Bandit’?

Answer: The iconic car which left such a lasting impression on all who grew-up in the ’70’s, was a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am S/E. Black with gold accents, snowflake rims and of course that “Screaming Chicken” decal adorning the “Shaker” hood, relegated Burt Reynolds and Sally Field to supporting roles.



What Does SS Stand For?

Answer: Standing for “Super Sport”, SS nomenclature first appeared on the 1961 Chevrolet Impala and has attained iconic status ever since. Denoting high-performance equipment, from engines to suspension, exhaust and appearance upgrades, SS badges have adorned the Camaro, Chevelle, Nova and other high-performance Chevys. 2014 brought a separate model to Chevrolet’s line called simply the SS.




For How Many Years Was The Gullwing Benz Produced?

Answer: The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was produced from 1954-63. The iconic and beautiful Gullwing coupes, were made from 1954-57 only, with roadsters succeeding the coupes in ’57 and built till the end of production in ’63. Just 1,400 of the Gullwings were made.



corvetteDid The First Corvette Have A V8?

Answer: No. Designed by famed GM designer Harley Earl, the first Chevrolet Corvette, appeared in 1953, equipped with an inline 6-cylinder engine, labeled the “Blue Flame”. Only after the insistence of Zora Arkus Duntov, “The Father of the Corvette” did the 1955 model receive a 265ci V8 engine. From this point-on, America’s sportscar would never be powered by anything less than a V8.