Do You Know Who Manufactured These American Vehicles?

By: Craig
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The iconic American motor industry has produced millions and millions of cars since the early days of pioneers such as Ransom E. Olds and Henry Ford.

So let's test your knowledge. Can you claim the checkered flag by identifying a range of vehicles from the U.S? That's right, just an image and four choices, one of which is the correct answer. 

Never mind your racing helmet, you are going to have to put your thinking cap on. It's more difficult than you might imagine. But a car ace such as yourself should have no problem.

From the most famous of all the early cars to a vehicle named after a snake. Or what about a buzzing insect? They had some strange names for cars back in the day. There is even some royalty to identify, a solar event and even a monster! Don't forget a vehicle named after a fish or one of our feathered friends. 

But you got this! Your car knowledge will see you first over the finish line, taking the checkered flag and all the glory as you ace the quiz!

What are you waiting for! The lights are green! Floor the pedal and go, go, go!

A big brash American car, the Roadmaster was one of the popular family cars of the 1990s, even though it was a rear-wheel drive V8 powered monster.

More than 21,000 of the Allante two-door convertible roadsters were sold between 1987 and 1993. It was built to compete with two-door convertibles of other brands, particularly Mercedes and Jaguar. The Allante had three powerplant options ranging from 4.1 to 4.5-liters, all of them V8s.

A civilian version of the Humvee military vehicle, the Hummer H1 would then obviously be more than capable as an off-roader. And it is but with limitations. In fact, some H1 owners went as far as changing out the standard 6.5-liter diesel engine and replacing it with something to provide more speed. Another disadvantage is that the H1 is a massive vehicle. You need a large open off-road track for this behemoth.

The two-door Barracuda was a muscle car from Plymouth, manufactured between 1964 and 1974. The Barracuda was introduced before the Mustang, by a mere two weeks. The first generation was noted for its wraparound back window. Two power units were available for this model, a 2.8-liter straight six and a 3.7-liter straight six capable of producing 145 brake horsepower.

The Rebel combines comfort and off-road abilities thanks to its full-frame front suspension, a solid rear axle as well as air suspension all round. Not only can ride height be adjusted for the toughest terrain but it can benefit on the highway as well with lower gas mileage. It also has an excellent eight-speed gearbox.

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

While not reaching the sales figures of combustion-driven vehicles, the Model X from Tesla is quickly moving up the charts for plug-in electric cars. Since its debut in 2015, more than 55,000 have been sold.

The Versailles was marketed by Lincoln in the luxury compact car segment from 1977 to 1980. At the time, the Versailles, named after the famous French palace, was the smallest Lincoln model produced and remained so up until the introduction of the LS in 2000.

Produced between 1990 and 1994, the Renegade was a trim package available on the Jeep Wrangler. This was in conjunction with American Specialty Cars based in Detroit. Originally, the Renegade was only available in white, red or black with blue and bronze added a few year later.

After the Astro failed to gain any significant foothold into Chrysler's domination of the minivan market in the late '80s, Chevrolet turned to the Lumina. Built between 1989 and 1996, Chevrolet marketed the Lumina as an 'All Purpose Vehicle.' Initially, the Lumina was severely underpowered but improvements were made in that regard. The Lumina had moderate sales success.

The first 4x4 Bronco hit the trails in 1966 and between that year and 1977, proved to be a more than capable off-roader. It was blessed with a turning circle of just 33.8 feet, thanks to a wheelbase of 92 inches. Later models also included a Ford V8 engine with incredible torque.

A heavy-duty pickup Truck, the CXT was released in 2004. Essentially, it is a 14,500 pound truck with a Ford Super Duty bed on the back! Around 9 feet tall, this pickup can carry 12,000 pounds.

Produced between 1960 and 1977, the Ventura had all the characteristics of a muscle car - large engine options, the correct look and much more. The second generation, led by a two-door coupe, certainly fit the bill.

Produced between 1995 and 2006, the Stratus was a mid-sized car which was very well received when launched. It lasted for three generations before it was discontinued. All production lines and equipment used to make the Stratus were sold to Russian automaker GAZ which produced 9,000 models for use in the Russian car market.

What happens when you combine a pickup with a 4.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine? A Syclone, that's what. With its all-wheel drive, the Syclone was faster than many sports cars of the time and easily reached 60 mph from a standing start in under five seconds.

Released in the 1930s, the Big Boy C28 was built by the Hudson Motor Company. It came with a 6-cylinder engine as well as a 3-speed manual transmission. Around 600 were produced.

For Caddy lovers, the CT6 hits the mark. It has three engine options to choose from, fairly decent gas mileage figures, a spacious interior as well as parking assist. It is let down by the fact that its trunk is fairly small.

First and foremost, the Suburban has an incredible legacy and was first introduced in 1935. Current models are capable off-roaders and are powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine coupled to a six-speed gearbox. This is a big vehicle, so will struggle on tighter off-road sections but it has ample ground clearance, around 8-inches, and can handle rocky terrain.

The Charger was Dodge's first muscle car in the 1960s and entered the market as their answer to the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. That battle continues to this day.

The first minivan offered by Ford in the United States, the AeroStar was sold for a 12-year period between 1985 and 1987. During that time, more than 2 million were sold.

The Fifth Avenue badge had formed part of other Chrysler marques over the years but between 1983 and 1993, it was its own model. They were powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine which produced 140 brake horsepower. As Chryslers largest car during these years, the Fifth Avenue proved popular with 100,000 sold in 1985 alone.

A real looker, The SJ was only for the rich and famous. After all, it was produced during the depression, so the regular man on the street was certainly not going to own one. These cars had a supercharged motor and were capable of traveling at more than 100 mph.

At 5.8 meters, the Mark V was certainly a long car, especially for a two-door coupe. Built between 1977 and 1979, the Mark V had two powerplant options, a 6.6-liter V8 or a 7.5-liter V8. In three years, 228,262 were sold, making the Mark V the most sold model of the Mark series.

Produced for a decade between 1970 and 1980, the Pinto was a Ford model in the subcompact car segment, their first model in this segment in America. It had three body styles - a two-door coupe, station wagon and three-door hatchback. The Pinto was popular and by 1980, Ford had produced 3 million. It was replaced by the Ford Escort.

The brainchild of Carroll Shelby, the Cobra first revved in 1962. It was based on a lightweight body that he imported from the AC Cars and then bolted a Ford 260 engine to it. And the rest is history! In the years that followed, Shelby bolted even bigger engines to the AC frame which brought about a car with nimble handling and lots and lots of power.

Although the Taurus offers an excellent ride, has plenty of trunk space and has an impressive infotainment system, it falls down in other areas. These include poor handling, a dated interior and a lack of interior space.

Produced between 1986 and 2011, the Dodge Dakota is a pick-up truck competing in the mid-sized market segment. After sales figures were halved over a three-year period from 2005, Dodge dropped the Dakota a few years later.

The Voyager minivan was produced by Chrysler from 1988 until 2016. During this time, Chrysler produced five generations. The last models marketed had three powerplant options, two petrol, the largest a 3.8-liter V6, as well as one diesel variant.

One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by Chevrolet was the Belair. Manufactured between 1955 and 1957 it will always be remembered for its fantastic trim and those beautiful pointy tailfins.

Created as a high-speed racing machine, especially for NASCAR, the Superbird was also for sale to the public. The first models appeared in 1970 and were instantly recognizable thanks to the massive spoiler on the back.

A great off-roader thanks to its super 4 wheel drive system, the Liberty is something that wants to be out on the trails. It is a Jeep after all. And it’s a looker to boot.

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.

One of America's lesser known vehicle producers, VIA makes a range of electric vehicles, including a hybrid pickup truck with a battery range of 40 miles, enough to cover the distance most of us travel each day. It is charged at a normal plug point.

The American Motors Corporation produced the subcompact class Gremlin between 1970 and 1978. A number of models were marketed but it was the Gremlins powered with either a 5.0-liter or 6.6-liter V8 that were considered to be muscle cars.

For lovers of all things American over foreign cars, the Regal makes perfect sense. Although the base entry is slightly underpowered, it handles well. The interior also has some modern technology combined with a good overall finish. Cargo space is limited, however.

Featuring two generations, the SRX is a crossover SUV marketed between 2004 and 2015. It quickly became the best selling Cadillac model in America with sales of over 220,000 between 2012 and 2016.

2018 sees a redesigned Equinox with many impressive features now standard on the vehicle. The Equinox offers excellent handling and a beautifully finished interior but is let down by a poor transmission. Gas mileage numbers are fairly impressive as well for a car of this size.

The base model (and cheapest) Chrysler at the time, the LeBaron was introduced into the Chrysler fleet in 1977. The brand formed part of the Chrysler model range until 1994 with three generations produced. In terms of body styles, over the years, the LeBaron was available as a sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible.

Produced from 1968 to 1971, the Super Bee was based on the two-door Coronet.

The Ford Country Squire was produced for an incredible 41 years between 1950 and 1991. It saw seven different generations during that time and was marketed as both a two-door and four-door model.

Available as a two-door, four-door double and four-door crew cab, the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado are effectively the same cars. The Sierra is popular with customers looking for rugged pick-up capable of going the distance. It’s ability to take a beating is one of the reasons the Sierra is used by the U.S. military.

An up trimmed version of the Ford F-150, the Blackwood was Lincoln's answer to the pickup market. It only sold in America in 2002 due to a poor reception from the public.

Muscle cars quickly went from fast production cars to fast luxury production cars. The Road Runner was a step back to the early days of the muscle car. Released in 1968, it gave buyers everything they wanted in a muscle car at a respectable price.

Throughout its lifetime, the Pontiac Firebird has always had a loyal following. The late '90s version was certainly no different. Easy on the eye, rear-wheel drive, manual gearbox, and V8 power - all the cues for a little bit of fun on your daily commute.

General Motors introduced the Saturn brand in 1990 as a way of introducing a smaller car to compete with the range of Japanese brands in the United States. The Sky was a convertible produced by Saturn from 2006 to 2009. GM discontinued the Saturn brand in 2010.

The civilian version of the original Willys MB (or Jeep) that served in the American military, the CJ-2A is easily identified thanks to that iconic grill. This vehicle, although powered by a small engine developing 60 brake horsepower, was light, nimble and surprisingly quick.

Perhaps one of the lesser-known muscle cars, the Rogue certainly had the credentials. Not only was it a lightweight two-door coupe but it had all the power it needed thanks to a 280 horsepower-producing V8. But it was up against Mustangs, Camaros and GTOs and never really stood a chance in that company.

This retro-styled sports car was marketed by Chrysler between 1997 and 2002, first under the Plymouth brand and then Chrysler from 2001. More than 11,000 units of this two-door, rear-wheel drive roadster were produced.

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