8 Out Of 10 Fail This 60s Car Quiz, Can You Pass It?

The 1960s is regarded by many as the golden age of the automobile industry. It was the time when cars were old enough to be within everyone’s reach but regulations and restrictions were not a big thing. Basically, if the wheels didn’t fall apart on the highway, you could use the car!

There were no emission limitations so to say that carmakers were extremely generous with engine sizes would be an understatement. How many of these 60s car questions can you correctly guess?

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One of the fastest cars in the 60s, this car is:

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Retry Correct Incorrect An insanely high-performance, limited version of the Dodge Charger, the Daytona could hit an unbelievable 200mph top speed. Powered by a mighty Hemi, this NASCAR-spec car was one of the earliest vehicles to be speed tested in NASA’s wind tunnel.
Hemmings
Hemmings

One of the fastest cars in the 60s, this car is:

  • Chevrolet Corvette ZL1
  • Dodge Charger Daytona
  • Jaguar E-Type
  • Maserati Ghibli SS
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Dustin Hoffman drove a/an _________ in the 1967 movie “The Graduate.”

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The Graduate
Retry Correct Incorrect Dustin’s uncle was an Alfa Romeo importer, which implies that the inclusion of the two-seat convertible roadster in the movie could have been an early example of product placement. In any case, the Spider was just the perfect car for Dustin’s character, Ben!
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Silver Screen Collection via Getty Images

Dustin Hoffman drove a/an _________ in the 1967 movie “The Graduate.”

  • Mercedes 300 SL
  • Alfa Romeo Spider
  • Aston Martin Lagonda
  • Ferrari 458
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When was the first Ford Mustang sold?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Launched in 1964, the first Mustang (Serial Number One) was mistakenly sold to Stanely Tucker. In 1966, Ford gave him Mustang Serial Number 1,000,001, equipped to his desired specs in exchange for the historic unit. Stan the Man filled in the entire order sheet with a single X, selecting every last option!
Henry Ford Museum
Henry Ford Museum

When was the first Ford Mustang sold?

  • 1967
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1966
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This auto executive was involved in the creation of the Mustang:

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Henry Ford II Speaking with Lee Iacocca
Retry Correct Incorrect Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca is known for his involvement in the development of the Ford Mustang. A visionary automaker, Iacocca ran Ford for 8 years until his falling out with Henry Ford II. He later gained recognition for reviving the faltering Chrysler Corporation.
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Ford via Getty Images

This auto executive was involved in the creation of the Mustang:

  • Henry Ford
  • Ken Miles
  • Lee Iacocca
  • Carol Shelby
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Who won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans?

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1966 24 Hours of Le Mans
Retry Correct Incorrect Ford, with their glorious GT40, won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. While all others relied too much on efficiency, Ford did it the American way – with a big honking 7.0L V8, twice the displacement of the next biggest engine.
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Reg Lancaster/Daily Express/Hulton Archive via Getty Images

Who won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans?

  • Mercedes
  • Ford
  • Audi
  • Ferrari
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This is widely considered the first supercar:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Produced between 1966 and 1973, the Miura is considered to be the first car that started the supercar culture. With its 2-door coupe format, sleek aerodynamic body, and mid-mounted 3.9L V12, it had everything you could want from a supercar back then.
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Pinterest

This is widely considered the first supercar:

  • Ford Mustang
  • La Ferrari
  • Bentley Continental
  • Lambo Miura
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Henry Ford II tried to acquire this European car brand in the 60s:

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Henry Ford II
Retry Correct Incorrect Henry Ford II tried to acquire a stake in Ferrari in the early 1960s when it was struggling with finances. The terms of his offer were, however, taken as an insult by Enzo Ferrari who rejected the offer, spurring the biggest automotive rivalry of the 60s!
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Ford via Getty Images

Henry Ford II tried to acquire this European car brand in the 60s:

  • McLaren
  • Aston Martin
  • Land Rover
  • Ferrari
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Which 60s classic car is shown here?

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1963 Chevrolet Impala sport coupe, (c1963?).
Retry Correct Incorrect The 1963 Chevy Impala Sports Coupe was the most powerful Chevrolet of the time. It featured a monstrous 427 cu-in (7.0 L) Z11 V8 powerhouse and was meant for drag racers and NASCAR.
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National Motor Museum/Heritage Images via Getty Images

Which 60s classic car is shown here?

  • Chevy Impala Sports Coupe
  • Lincoln Continental
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Sedan de Ville
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This car from the 1960s is the:

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is a Camaro that debuted in 1966 to compete with Ford’s popular pony car, the Mustang. With a small, lightweight body and a powerful engine, the Camaro did a very good job at that!
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Mecum

This car from the 1960s is the:

  • Ford Thunbderbird
  • Dodge Charger
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Mercury Cougar
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Who was the chairman of Toyota in the 1960s?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Eiji Toyoda was a nephew of Toyota Looms founder Sakichi Toyoda and a cousin of Toyota Motors founder Kiichiro Toyoda. As the president of the group from 1967 to 1982, Eiji is known for making Toyota the world’s biggest automaker.
NYT
NYT

Who was the chairman of Toyota in the 1960s?

  • Sakichi Toyoda
  • Eiji Toyoda
  • Suichiro Toyoda
  • Akio Toyoda
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Where did this 1960s classic originate from?

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Retry Correct Incorrect While it might look like an American muscle car, this is a Toyota 2000GT – a car known for being decades ahead of its time when it came out in 1967. It’s also hailed as Toyota’s first supercar.
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RM Sotheby’s

Where did this 1960s classic originate from?

  • US
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • Italy
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Which of these 60s cars is the most popular ‘pony car?’

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Retry Correct Incorrect The term ‘pony car’ means vehicles that are not too outrageous like classic muscle cars but are still fast, powerful, sporty, and compact. Though not the first one, the Ford Mustang is arguably the most popular pony car of the 60s.
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Ford via Getty Images

Which of these 60s cars is the most popular ‘pony car?’

  • Mustang
  • Cougar
  • Thunderbird
  • Chevelle
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Which of the following was invented in 1960?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The 1967 Volkswagen 1600 was the first car to feature Electronic Fuel Injection (or EFI). It eliminated the need for carburetors and made IC engines simpler and much more efficient.
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Streeter Lecka via Getty Images

Which of the following was invented in 1960?

  • ABS
  • Stability Control
  • EFI
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
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Which classic Porsche was unveiled in 1963?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Unveiled for the public in 1963 and made available in September 1964, the 911 is one of the longest-running nameplates of Porsche, and one of the most iconic of their models!
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Porsche

Which classic Porsche was unveiled in 1963?

  • 912 Spyder
  • 911
  • Cayman
  • Boxter
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What car brand comes to mind with the phrase: “The name is Bond, James Bond?”

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Retry Correct Incorrect The glorious fictional British spy James Bond drove an Aston Martin DB5 in the first movie and the car has been a trademark of the character ever since.
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Eon Productions

What car brand comes to mind with the phrase: “The name is Bond, James Bond?”

  • BMW
  • Mercedes
  • Aston Martin
  • Alfa Romeo
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Bruce McLaren, who won the 1966 Le Mans for Ford, was from:

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Bruce McLaren, Grand Prix Of France
Retry Correct Incorrect Bruce McLaren, the driver for Ford when they won Le Mans in 1966, was originally from New Zealand. Born in Auckland to a motorcycle racing enthusiast, Bruce developed a passion for racing during his childhood years.
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Bernard Cahier via Getty Images

Bruce McLaren, who won the 1966 Le Mans for Ford, was from:

  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • New Zealand
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This car was auctioned for an absurd sum of $48.4 million:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Up until the recent sale of a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL for $142 million, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was the most expensive car ever sold at an auction for $44 million.
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RM Sotheby’s

This car was auctioned for an absurd sum of $48.4 million:

  • 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale
  • 1963 Mercedes Benz 300 SL
  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider
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A well-known car of the 60s, the Impala takes its name from:

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1959 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon
Retry Correct Incorrect Found in Eastern and Southern Africa, Impala is a medium-sized antelope. It is known for its speed and agility – the characteristics Chevy claimed its Impala had in excess!
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Randy Holt/The Enthusiast Network via Getty Images via Getty Images

A well-known car of the 60s, the Impala takes its name from:

  • A Made Up Term
  • A Mythological Flying Horse
  • An African Animal
  • A Fast Gust of Wind
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Which of the following features became mandatory in 1964?

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1960 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Retry Correct Incorrect Seatbelts were earlier an optional add-on and people often skipped them as an unnecessary expense until they were made mandatory. Many people believed this was pushed by the automakers to increase seatbelt sales.
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Barrett-Jackson via Getty Images

Which of the following features became mandatory in 1964?

  • Power Steering
  • Power Brakes
  • Airbags
  • Seatbelt
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The book ‘Unsafe at any Speed’ highlighted the safety flaws of:

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1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza IECO...
Retry Correct Incorrect Written by consumer lawyer Ralph Nader, Unsafe at Any Speed is a non-fiction book that focuses on the in-design safety flaws of the American cars of the 1960s using the Corvair as an example – which was excessively unsafe back then.
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The Enthusiast Network via Getty Images

The book ‘Unsafe at any Speed’ highlighted the safety flaws of:

  • Chevy Corvair
  • Ford Mustang
  • Lincoln Town Car
  • Chevy Corvette
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Which of the following was based on the same platform as the Camaro?

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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Coupe
Retry Correct Incorrect Designed to be more sporty and have better handling with lesser weight, the Chevelle was based on the same platform as the Camaro and turned out to be one of the most fun cars of its era.
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Barrett-Jackson via Getty Images

Which of the following was based on the same platform as the Camaro?

  • Firebird
  • Chevelle
  • Grand Prix
  • Tempest
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This sensational 60s car is:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Unveiled in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type was a stylish and sensational sports car with a powerful straight-six engine. A true automotive icon in the 60s, it had a top speed of 155mph!
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This sensational 60s car is:

  • Shelby Cobra 427
  • Ferrari 365 GTB/4
  • Jaguar E-Type
  • Porsche 904
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Which of the following car brand means ‘People’s Car?’

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Retry Correct Incorrect Volkswagen literally translates to ‘People’s Car.’ The brand was founded to make it possible for average Germans to own a car like it was the norm in the US at that time.
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David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Which of the following car brand means ‘People’s Car?’

  • Daihatsu
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke
  • Volkswagen
  • Aston Martin
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One of the most iconic car shapes of the 1960s, ‘Fastback’ got its name from:

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1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
Retry Correct Incorrect The name had nothing to do with the speed of these cars, even though most of them were quite fast. This was just the name given to the slope of the rear roofline.
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Ken Hemsworth via Getty Images

One of the most iconic car shapes of the 1960s, ‘Fastback’ got its name from:

  • The Appearance of the Rear Lights
  • The Tall Reverse Gear Ratio
  • The Slope of the Roof Line
  • The Speed of the Car
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Which of these was the driver for Shelby American in the 1966 Le Mans?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Even though Carroll Shelby had won Le Mans the last year, he chose his friend Ken Miles – a phenomenal driver – for the 1966 season as his doctor had suggested he stay away from any high-stress activity due to a heart problem.
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Bernard Cahier via Getty Images

Which of these was the driver for Shelby American in the 1966 Le Mans?

  • Carroll Shelby
  • Ken Miles
  • Phill Hill
  • Jackie Stewart
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Which braking technology was used before the widespread adoption of disc brakes in the 1960s?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Before the widespread adoption of disc brakes in the 1960s, drum brakes were the most commonly used type of brakes in cars. These were, however, prone to overheating and performance compromises.
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Zak Mauger/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images

Which braking technology was used before the widespread adoption of disc brakes in the 1960s?

  • Wired Brakes
  • Air Brakes
  • Drum Brakes
  • Side Pull
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Convertibles were referred to as _____ in the 1960s’ slang.

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1963 Ford Thunderbird
Retry Correct Incorrect Because the early convertibles had a canvas or ‘rag’ roof that folded into the trunk, these cars were referred to as ragtops back in the day. The current term ‘soft top’ is a variation of that.
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FPG via Getty Images

Convertibles were referred to as _____ in the 1960s’ slang.

  • Ragtops
  • Windymobile
  • Roofless
  • Hardtops
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Which American automaker introduced the Galaxie?

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1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight
Retry Correct Incorrect It was the time when the space race was at its peak and Ford capitalized on that by giving this car a ‘Galactic’ name. The Galaxie was made of aluminum – a space-age material back then!
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Barrett-Jackson via Getty Images

Which American automaker introduced the Galaxie?

  • Ford
  • FCA
  • GMC
  • Chrysler
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Which 60s passenger car was the only American car to have a rear-mounted air-cooled engine?

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1965 Chevrolet Corvair convertible
Retry Correct Incorrect The Chevy Corvair was named ‘Car of the Year’ in 1960 by Motor Trend Magazine for its sporty character, independent suspension, great handling, and air-cooled engine. Sadly, it never became a great selling car!
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Dünzlullstein bild via Getty Images

Which 60s passenger car was the only American car to have a rear-mounted air-cooled engine?

  • Biscayne
  • Cavalier
  • Dart
  • Corvair
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Which of the following automakers created the Cougar in 1967?

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1967 Mercury Cougar Road Test
Retry Correct Incorrect Cougar was the nameplate applied to a vast range of vehicles made by the Mercury subdivision of Ford between 1967 and 1997. It started as a 2-door coupe but other body styles were also added later on.
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Gerry Stiles/The Enthusiast Network via Getty Images

Which of the following automakers created the Cougar in 1967?

  • GMC
  • Buick
  • Chrysler
  • Mercury
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The closest competitor of the Camaro and Mustang, the Barracuda was made by:

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1967 Plymouth Barracuda
Retry Correct Incorrect Made by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation, the Barracuda was meant to compete with the pony cars of the time, mainly the Camaro and Mustang. Interestingly, it came two weeks before the Mustang!
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Gerry Stiles/The Enthusiast Network via Getty Images

The closest competitor of the Camaro and Mustang, the Barracuda was made by:

  • Honda
  • Mercury
  • Toyota
  • Plymouth
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What’s the meaning of the word ‘Camaro’?

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Chevrolet Camaro Z28 1969
Retry Correct Incorrect There is no formal definition of the word Camaro. It is believed that the Chevy marketing team at the time came up with this term to carry on Chevrolet’s then-tradition of naming cars with words starting with a ‘C.’
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National Motor Museum/Heritage Images via Getty Images

What’s the meaning of the word ‘Camaro’?

  • A Flying Horse
  • No One Knows
  • Transformer
  • Bumble Bee
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The Chevy Camaro was unveiled in:

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1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 RS
Retry Correct Incorrect After the amazing success of Ford’s Mustang, GM thought of having a car of their own in the ‘pony car’ category so they introduced the Camaro under their Chevrolet brand in 1966 for the model year 1967.
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Fred Enke/The Enthusiast Network via Getty Images

The Chevy Camaro was unveiled in:

  • 1966
  • 1967
  • 1965
  • 1968
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The Mistral was released by:

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Mistral was a 2-door sports grand tourer manufactured by the Italian automaker Maserati between 1963 and 1970. It was the car that cemented Maserati as a luxury-performance automaker.
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MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images

The Mistral was released by:

  • Maserati
  • Aston martin
  • Ferrari
  • Lamborghini
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Which of the following cars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the first attempt?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Designed to compete with Ferrari who had been winning Le Mans every year between 1960 and 1965, the GT40 entered the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and won on the first try. It kept winning continuously until 1969!
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Bernard Cahier via Getty Images

Which of the following cars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the first attempt?

  • Aston Martin DB5
  • Ford GT40
  • Ferrari 250 GTO
  • Lamborghini Miura
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The 1964 Corvette got its name from this aquatic animal:

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible 1964
Retry Correct Incorrect The second-generation Corvette was dubbed Stingray by Chevy. And due to the excellent performance of this car, the word stingray has since become synonymous with speed and agility in automotive slang.
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National Motor Museum/Heritage Images via Getty Images

The 1964 Corvette got its name from this aquatic animal:

  • Sea Serpent
  • Great White Whale
  • Stingray
  • Tiger Shark
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What was the nickname of the pioneer Shelby GT350?

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1968 Ford mustang GT350 Shelby cobra
Retry Correct Incorrect This Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 was nicknamed Cobra probably because it’s allergic to crowds and is constantly trying to “un-alive” you if you are not careful behind the wheel!
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National Motor Museum/Heritage Images via Getty Images

What was the nickname of the pioneer Shelby GT350?

  • Cheetah
  • Viper
  • Tiger
  • Cobra
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Volkswagen ‘Type 1’ was the official name of the car otherwise known as:

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Volkswagen Beetle was the first vehicle to come from VW and was hence named the Type-1. Also known as the Bug, it was the most sold car in the world before the Corolla.
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Sean Gallup via Getty Images

Volkswagen ‘Type 1’ was the official name of the car otherwise known as:

  • Mini Bus
  • Golf
  • Beetle
  • Passat
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The only man to win Grand Prixs for both McLaren and Ferrari is:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Lauda is the only man who won for both Ferrari and McLaren, the most bitter rivals in the sport. He also has the honor of having won a championship after being in the hospital for 40 days and missing numerous races of the season.
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Dan Istitene/Formula 1 via Getty Images

The only man to win Grand Prixs for both McLaren and Ferrari is:

  • Dan Gurney
  • Denny Hulme
  • Nikki Lauda
  • James Hunt
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Which of the following years had the highest number of new car sales in the US?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Surprisingly, out of all these years, the most new cars were sold in 1968 with a record 9.66 million units leaving the dealerships. Compared to that, 1982 saw 7.98 million, 2007 saw 7.56 million, and 2020 saw just 3.34 million new car sales.
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Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images

Which of the following years had the highest number of new car sales in the US?

  • 2007
  • 1968
  • 2020
  • 1982
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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry Poor: Not a classic car guy! Looks like you’re more of a modern car guy. Well, we’ll be bringing a quiz for all modern folks too, so stay tuned! Fair: That’s okay! You have the basic knowledge about the 60s cars, but you better not get into a debate with the oldtimers! Good: Looks like you’ve been reading a lot about the 60s car scene! You know a fair bit about the 1960s cars, but there still is room for improvement. Try scoring 30+ next time! Excellent: You are a certified classic cars expert! You know quite a bit about the technology, people, and even the brand rivalries of the 60s car scene. Hats off!
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