The great big car quiz

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02 Nov 2018 by smartleasing

So you’re into cars. No, scratch that – you’re obsessed with them. You read all the mags, follow all the motorsport, watch all the YouTube videos and soak up the history. When your friends need car advice, they come to you. When your car gets scratched in the carpark, you literally shed a tear.

But does that make you a true motoring trainspotter? Answer each of these questions correctly and you can tell your friends you’re certified for that as well.

Some easy ones to start…

1. What year was the first Holden, the 48-215, introduced?

2. Detroit, USA, is home to General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler. What is its nickname?

3. Which Formula 1 team’s cars are known as the Silver Arrows?

4. What does BMW stand for?

5. What is the name of the trophy awarded to the winners of the Bathurst 1000 touring-car race?

Time to step things up…

6. What is the biggest-selling car of all time?

7. Michael Schumacher won a record seven Formula 1 world championships. In which years?

8. Jaguar adopted its current name in 1945. What was the company called before that?

9. What was the first car to be fitted with three-point seatbelts?

10. What racetrack is nicknamed The Green Hell? 

Now to sort the wheat from the chaff… 

11. Who is the only person to have won a Formula 1 world championship in a car they built?

12. What was the first production road car to be fitted with all-wheel-drive?

13. What does NASCAR stand for?

14. What was the name of the German pre-war auto conglomeration that evolved into Audi?

15. What was the world’s first automatic transmission? 

Get these and you should be hosting Top Gear.

16. What was Ferrari’s first car?

17. Who designed the original Mini of 1959?

18. What car is widely recognised to have introduced the tail fin as a styling feature?

19. What car did James Bond drive in The Spy Who Loved Me and what was its special talent?

20. What was the first passenger car to be fitted with an airbag?



1. 1948.

2. The Motor City. (1/2 a point for Motown)

3. Mercedes-Benz.

4. Bayerische Motoren Werke (or, in English, Bavarian Motor Works).

5. The Peter Brock Trophy.

6. Toyota Corolla. More than 44 million have been sold since its introduction in 1966.

7. 1994, 1995, 2000-2004.

8. SS Cars.

9. 1959 Volvo PV544.

10. Nurburgring Nordschleife, a tortuous 20.8km circuit in Germany that has claimed many drivers.

11. Australia’s Jack Brabham (in 1966).

12. 1966 Jensen FF.

13. National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

14. Auto Union.

15. General Motors’ Hydra-Matic, fitted to 1940 model Oldsmobiles.

16. The 1947 125 S.

17. Sir Alec Issigonis.

18. 1948 Cadillac Series 62.

19. 1976 Lotus Esprit S1. It was also a submarine.

20. 1973 Oldsmobile Toronado