Think You Know Cars? See How Many You Can Get Right On Our Trivia Quiz

Make sure your Number 2 pencils are sharpened as we have an auto quiz that’ll test the memories of the most knowledgeable of car enthusiasts. Ready, set, go!

Question 1:

Who built the first car?

Question 2:

Which manufacturer opened the first proving grounds?

Question 3:

Which model introduced the first nine speed automatic transmission?

Question 4:

Which is the only car to have appeared simultaneously
on the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines?

Question 5:

Which car was the first gas/electric hybrid?

Question 6:

Which was the first regular production car to offer a turbocharger?

Question 7:

How many taillights did the narrator’s Stingray have in the Jan and Dean classic song “Dead’s Man Curve”?

Question 8:

Which car was the first available with an MP3-capable audio system?

Question 9:

What shortcoming in the 1955 Chevy small block V8 was addressed the following year?

Question 10:

What was the best-selling car of 1965?


Now that you’ve had a chance to search your memory banks (and by memory banks I mean Google) here are the answers:


Question 1 Answer:


Many people believe it was Henry Ford, but the first car was 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 company’s, creating Daimler-Benz, now Daimler AG.

Question 2 Answer:


The Dodge brothers built a 1,204 foot-long test track at the north end of their rapidly expanding Hamtramck plant in 1915. Constructed of creosoted wood planks and featuring a 40-foot hill climb, the Hamtramck test track earned Dodge the honor of being the first domestic automotive manufacturer to erect a dedicated test track.

Question 3 Answer:


The 2013 Range Rover Evoque. Its  ZF-9HP autoshifter was designed to deliver ultra-quick and silky-smooth gear changes. It features a wide ratio spread and the ability to adapt on the fly to any driving style,  while improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

Question 4 Answer:


In the frenzy that accompanied the launch of the first Mustang, Ford President Lee Iacocca misled the editors of both Time and Newsweek magazines into thinking they each had an exclusive cover story on the Ford Mustang.

Question 5 Answer:


I know you want to say Prius, and why not? No one had really talked about  gas/electric hybrids since the very earliest days of motoring. In fact, the first gas-electric hybrid was the 1899 Lohner-Porsche Mixte.  Yep, same Porsche. The first prototypes were two-wheel drive, battery-powered electric vehicles with two front wheel hub-mounted motors. A later version was a series hybrid using hub-mounted electric motors in each wheel, powered by batteries and gasoline powered generator.

Question 6 Answer:


General Motors manufactured the first turbocharged production car, but it may not be the one you’re thinking of. The 1962 Oldsmobile F-85 Turbo Jetfire was actually the first. While a turbocharger was also available in the 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder, it was released a few weeks later than the Olds.

Question 7 Answer:


“I flew past La Brea, Schwab’s, and Crescent Heights
And all the Jag could see were my six tail lights
He passed me at Doheny then I started to swerve
But I pulled her out and there we were
At Dead Man’s Curve”     (bottom right)

Question 8 Answer:


The 2001 Mazda Protegé MP3 was the first car to come equipped with a CD player that could read MP3 files burned onto a CD-ROM.

Question 9 Answer:


A shortcoming of the 1955 265 small block Chevy V8 was that the engine had no provision for oil filtration built into the block. An available option was a questionably-effective add-on filter mounted on the thermostat housing. From 1956 on, all small blocks carried fittings for an oil filter.

Question 10 Answer:


Easy, the Ford Mustang, right? Nope. In 1965, the Chevrolet Impala sold more than one million units in North America, setting a record that still stands today.

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Chris Riley
About Chris Riley

I have been wrecking cars for as long as I've been driving them but I keep coming back for more. Two wheels or four, I'm all in. gives me a chance to give something back to the automobile community.