Can You Identify These Vintage Cars?



By: Robin Tyler

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When studying vintage cars, experts suggest you take into consideration vehicles produced in the period from 1919 to 1930. Technically, these are vintage cars. And you would think that there would not be many to choose from. But then you would be mistaken. Certainly, before the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression in the four years that followed, the car industry was booming ... and not only in North America.

Cars of all types, shapes, sizes and engine types existed from 1895 to around 1930. And they didn't only run on gasoline. Some were electric, while steam-driven cars existed as well. And did you know the first hybrid car was a vehicle made at the turn of the 20th Century? Incredible! Vintage cars today continue to hold motoring enthusiasts in awe, be it at motor shows or just puttering up the road in their own indomitable style. Although from another era, there is very little difference between the inner workings of these cars and their modern equivalent parked in your driveway.  Sure they don't have all the modern conveniences, but they have a soul ... lots of it!

In this quiz, we have taken vehicles from the birth of motoring till the mid-1930s as our examples of vintage cars. Will you be able to identify them all?

What is the make and model of this vintage car, the first in the United States to offer a closed body?

One of the earliest Cadillac models, the Model Thirty was produced between 1909 and 1911. It was the first model in the United States to offer a closed body. Sadly, the vehicle was far too expensive to prove to be a commercial success.


Take the most popular car in the world at the time, add a steel bed and you have a vintage pickup. Can you identify it?

In 1925, Ford introduced the Runabout. Essentially, this was a Model T with a steel bed on the back as well as an adjustable tailgate. To compensate for a heavier load, Ford used heavy duty springs on the rear of the car.


Can you name this vehicle that sent an American man on the path to automotive greatness?

The Quadricycle was the first vehicle built by Henry Ford. Ford built four between 1896 and 1901. Each was comprised of a coach-like structure with four bicycle wheels. Power came from a two-cylinder engine. His original model now resides at The Henry Ford Museum.


This vintage car included a spring-mounted radiator to help smooth out its ride. Produced in Kentucky, can you name it?

Produced in Kentucky, the Dixie Flyer was an early vintage motor car built for a period of eight years starting in 1916. It incorporated a spring-mounted radiator, which helped smooth out the ride. When released, the Dixie Flyer cost $775.


Name this vehicle, the first ever model offered by a French automaker that is still around today.

The first-ever Citroen model, over 24,000 Type A's were sold by the French automaker from 1919 to 1921. Powered by a water-cooled 1327cc engine, the Type A produced 18 hp. It ran on gasoline and had a three-speed manual gearbox. Interestingly, brakes could only be applied to the back wheels, and this through the use of a hand lever.


The epitome of luxury, can you name this vintage car produced in England?

Manufactured between 1906 and 1925, the Silver Ghost became the basis for Rolls Royce claiming it made the best cars in the world. During its 19-year production run, just over 7,800 were made. The Silver Ghost was originally called the 40/50.


This vehicle, made in 1916, was the first to use the same control layout which is standard today. What is it?

Produced just in 1916, the Cadillac Type 53 was not much of a hit. It was, however, the first car to use the vehicle control layout which we still use today. For example, it had three pedals: clutch, brake and accelerator, and the gear lever was in the middle of the front two seats. It also had a handbrake behind the gear level, much like most modern vehicles.


Any idea as to the name of this vintage car? It is made by a famous British sports car brand.

The MG14/28 Super Sports, produced from 1924 to 1927 included a 2-door, 2- and 4-seater open tourer and a 2-door coupe. Each of these models was powered by a 1.8-liter side valve, four-cylinder gas engine which gave the car a top speed of 65 mph.


This vehicle helped to break Ford's domination of the American car market in the late 1920s. What is it?

Although it was only produced in 1927, the AA Capitol series saw Chevrolet sell over 670,000 units and for once, break Ford's domination of the American motor scene. This series included eight different body types all based on the GM A platform.


Some vintage cars were a little different. Can you name this one with EIGHT wheels?

An eight-wheel car? Yes, that was the Octoauto. The brainchild of Milton Reeves, the Octoauto was based on an Overland model. It had a twin steering arrangement with both the wheels at the front and the back turning when the steering wheel was turned.


This vehicle not only had the looks, it was fast as well! Name it, please.

A real looker, the SJ was only for the rich and famous. After all, it was produced during the Depression, so the man on the street was certainly not going to get behind the wheel. Al Capone and Mae West owned Duesenbergs, though. These cars had a supercharged motor and were capable of traveling at over 100 mph.


It doesn't get more vintage than this. Can you identify the vehicle considered the first modern car ever?

Considered the first modern motor car, the Benz Patent Autowagen was a tiller-steered carriage that was powered by a 3 hp 954 cc engine. Interestingly, the money to build the car was put up by Karl Benz's wife.


Identify this vintage car, please. It was the first ever produced by a renowned German car maker.

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.


Can you identify this strange-looking vehicle from 1913?

Is it a car? Is it a motorbike? Back in 1912, no one who saw James Scripps-Booth's invention was sure and certainly didn't want to own one! The Bi-Autogo was built between 1908 and 1912 and was powered by a 45 hp V8 engine.


This vehicle, introduced in the 1920s, became a long-running nameplate in the range of one of America's top car producers. Are you able to identify it?

The Chrysler Imperial was first introduced in 1926 by Chrysler. The model saw various updates right until 1954 before the Imperial name was discontinued. It resurfaced for a brief period in the 1990s, from 1990 till 1993.


Identify this luxury car, available as a convertible or sedan.

Available as a 4-door convertible and sedan, a seven-year production run saw just over 2,900 models of the Twenty manufactured. It was powered by a 3.1-liter engine. Originally made with only rear brakes, it got four-wheel brakes with the 1925 model.


In 1917, this American vehicle was the first to be made by a luxury brand still producing cars today. Can you name it?

The first car ever produced by Lincoln was the L-series. The model made its debut in 1917 and was built right up until 1930. Throughout its production run, the L-series was powered by a V8 motor coupled to a 3-speed manual transmission.


Originating in Sweden, can you name this vintage car?

As a way to compete with American cars which were popular in Sweden, Volvo needed a bigger car than their previous model, the OV4, one with a six-cylinder engine. This came in the form of the PV650, which was marketed between 1929 to 1933.


What is the make and model of this vintage car?

British car manufacturer Vauxhall marketed the 20-60 between 1927 and 1930. This five-seater came with a range of body style options including limousine, tourer, coupé-cabriolet and saloon. Despite its sharp looks, the car was actually a step down in price for Vauxhall.


700 examples of this vintage British sports car were built in the 1920s. Do you know what it is?

A three-speed manual sports car, driven by a 1.8-liter engine, the MG 14/40 was manufactured by MG from 1927 to 1929. Around 700 were built. It wasn't tremendously different from the previous model, the 14/28.


One of the earliest mass-produced cars, can you name this vehicle of which 19,000 were made?

The Curved Dash Oldsmobile was released in 1901 and built until 1907. Before Ford had dreamed about his production line, Oldsmobile was living it when producing the Curved Dash. Over 19,000 of the Curved Dash Oldsmobile were produced.


A famous American automaker gave us this vintage car from the 1920s. Can you name it?

Produced between 1923 and 1926, the Superior featured as a different series (starting with B) every year. All, however, featured a 4-cylinder 2.8-liter engine that produced 26 horsepower. Superior models included a roadster, sedan and a truck.


Any ideas as to the make and model of this American vintage vehicle?

A model from Studebaker, the Special six was manufactured between 1918 and 1927. By 1926, the Special Six was powered by a six-cylinder motor which produced just under 30 horsepower. This was Studebaker's mid-market model, meant as a family car.


A vintage car from France produced after World War I, but can you identify it?

Considered to be a small family car at the time, the Peugeot Type 163 was produced by the French car manufacturer from 1919 to 1924. in that time, almost 12,000 were sold. That included 363 models of the Type 163 BS, a slightly sportier version with drive to all four wheels.


Please tell us the make and model of this vintage British car.

Introduced in 1919, after World War I, the Austin Twenty provided the company with a model that appealed more to the man in street, instead of the luxury vehicles they had been selling. Up until 1930, more than 15,000 were made. Although early versions were powered by a 3.6-liter straight-four engine, later models included a six-cylinder powerplant.


This vehicle was named after the horsepower produced by the engine. Which of these below is it?

The 15 received its name from the horsepower figure produced from its 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The 15 was produced by Humber between 1919 and 1928. The Humber 15 was capable of speeds of around 85 km/h.


Considered to be the first-ever American sports car, can you name this vehicle?

Considered the first sports car built by an American company, the Bearcat, introduced in 1914, had a four-cylinder, 60 horsepower engine. Although by today’s standards that may seem like nothing, in 1914 the Bearcat was the fastest thing on four wheels.


First made in 1905, this vintage car was the forerunner to other luxury models used by royalty and politicians around the world. What is it?

Designed by Sir Henry Royce, the 15 hp was produced just for 1905 with six made. It was powered by a 3.0-liter 3 cylinder engine. Rolls and Royce originally agreed to produce four different cars, and this was one of them.


This nameplate was used right into the 21st century after first appearing on a vintage car. Can you name the vehicle?

The Commander badge has been put on a number of Studebakers since the 1920s. The earliest examples of this brand were first marketed in 1927. It featured a 3.7-liter engine and was known for its durability. In 1928, a Commander set the 15,000-mile average speed record.


Only 145 examples of this German vintage car were ever sold, mostly because of the Depression.

Produced by Audi between 1928 and 1932, the Audi Type R replaced the Type M in the German auto manufacturer's lineup. Although it looked similar to its predecessor, it was slightly smaller and cost less. Powered by a 4,872-liter straight-8 engine, only 145 were made.


What a stunning vehicle, but do you know the make and model of this vintage car?

One thing is for sure, the 1933 Packard Twelve Spot Phaeton is beautiful. And it was expensive, even then. The Phaeton would set you back well over $5,000 back in those days. It was powered by a V-12 engine which produced 160 horsepower and a speed of over 100 mph.


This popular American make sold 18,000 units in just three short years. Can you name this vintage car?

Marketed between 1927 and 1929, the Series 341 had a range of body styles and cost between $3350 and $5500 depending on the style chosen. Over 18,000 were built of this popular model. It had a blazing top speed of 70 mph.


47,000 examples of this Italian vintage car were sold over an eight-year period. Any idea as to the make and model?

Italian automaker Fiat produced the 501 model for a period of eight years from 1919 to 1926. Three models were introduced over this period with the SS version the most powerful, turning out 30 hp. All in all, just over 47,000 were sold.


Can you identify this luxury vintage car powered by an aluminum engine? It was also the first car to have power-assisted brakes.

A luxury car, the Hispano-Suiza H6 was produced in France from 1919 to 1933. Designed by Marc Birkigt, the vehicle received its power from a large 6.5 (later 7.9) liter straight-six engine made from aluminum. The H6 was the first-ever automobile to have power-assisted brakes.


Although it had a V8 engine, this vehicle was not only underpowered but unreliable. Name it, please.

Introduced in 1917, the D Series was the first Chevrolet to have a V8 engine. Sadly, it was horribly underpowered (only 36 horsepower), so much so that other four-cylinder engines were more powerful. By 1918 the D Series had disappeared and Chevy only returned to V8 motors 37 years later.


Some consider this to be the first model ever built by a classic British sports car brand. Do you know what it is?

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 was in production. What is known is that it was built to race in sporting events. It was powered by a 1.6-liter engine.


A wooden bench on wheels, that's what this vehicle was essentially. Can you name it?

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.


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