Can You Identify These American Cars?

By: Craig
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VROOM VROOM! A short walk down any street will probably have you looking at different car brands, but today, we're keeping it domestic! From Ford to Dodge to Chevrolet, can you identify these American cars?

German inventor Karl Benz is credited with creating the first automobile with an internal engine. Although his first prototype only had three wheels, the innovation was ingenious. This happened in the 1880s. Cars would then be brought all around the world and made to be more sophisticated.

As you'd probably guess, the car brand Mercedes-Benz is a German-formed brand named after Karl Benz. The country is also known for Audi, BMW, and Porsche. Japan is known for the popular Nissan, Toyota, and Honda, while Italy can be named for Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghini, and Maserati. While these countries are known for these vehicles, the United States also has a long list of vehicles it's recognized for. Could you recognize them from a picture?

Some home-grown United States car brands are FCA US, Ford, and General Motors. Under these brands, you'd find divisions such as Chrysler, Jeep, Ford, Cadillac, and GMC. With all these American cars on the street, can you identify them from a picture?

Are you ready to put the pedal to the metal and speed right into this quiz? There's only one way to find out!

Vroom vroom!

Since its inception in 1953, the Corvette brand has been the jewel in the Chevrolet crown. Perhaps the most famous of all the generations is the Mk II Stingray, which was produced by the company between 1963 and 1967. This looker had either a 2-speed automatic gearbox or 3-speed manual with a range of engine options including small and big block V8’s.

Certainly an iconic name in American motoring, the Cadillac DeVille was produced between 1958 and 2005.

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

A famous Chevy brand for over 20 years, the Malibu disappeared after 1984. Chevy resurrected the name in 1997 and it is currently attached to a model in the mid-sized vehicle class. The top of the line model comes with a 9-speed automatic gearbox paired with a 2000 cc turbocharged engine pushing out 250 brake horsepower.

First released in 1948, without a doubt, the F-Series by Ford is the most iconic pickup in U.S. motoring history. Over the past 30 years, the F-150 has outsold every other competitor. And it's not difficult to see why. Now a thoroughly modern brand, the F-150 keeps that incredible personality of its predecessors.

Swiss auto engineer Louis Chevrolet and William Durant formed Chevrolet in 1911. The famous Chevy logo followed two years later as the company began to establish itself as a worthy opponent to Ford. One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by the company was the Bel Air. Manufactured between 1955 and 1957 the Bel Air will always be remembered for its fantastic trim and those beautiful pointy tailfins.

Established in 1902, Cadillac is the second-oldest automotive brand in America. The Eldorado, introduced in 1959 had everything you could wish for in a ‘50s classic, including ridiculously long and pointy tailfins and chrome, lots of chrome. Sadly, finding one today is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Started by Henry Ford’s son, Edsel in 1937, the Mercury brand was positioned in between the Ford and luxurious Lincoln brands. Although Ford stopped producing Mercurys in 2010, some iconic Mercurys were built over the years including the Cougar XR7, a sort of upscaled Mustang.

With its four headlights, Phoenix decal on the hood, massive air scoop and sleek lines, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am certainly looked the part. And car lovers bought it in droves, with over 100,000 sold in 1979 alone.

Sadly discontinued in 2009, Pontiac, a General Motors brand has produced some iconic names in motoring and none more so than its GTO. The first models, released in 1964 were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe.

Buick formed in 1897, making it the oldest vehicle manufacturer in the United States. In 1909, the company joined with the General Motors group, a partnership that lives on to this day. The Buick GSX introduced in 1970 was Buick’s greatest contribution to the muscle car wars. With a massive V8 under the hood, the GSX was quick, getting to 60 mph from a standing start in just 5.5 seconds.

The Continental marque has adorned many Lincolns over the years. But perhaps the greatest was the 1961 Continental, a stunningly beautiful car that shows simplicity is sometimes best.

The Fusion, a mid-sized sedan model from Ford, first hit the market in 2006. Straightaway, Ford had a winner on their hands and a range of models followed, including a hybrid as well as a fully electric version. The Fusion is now one of the most popular cars in the United States.

The Silverado and the GMC Sierra share exactly the same mechanical build and configuration. Now in its third generation, some top-end models are powered by a 6600 cc V8 engine which develops 397 brake horsepower. The Silverado remains one of the most sought-after pickups in the United States

The Jeep brand has a rich history, with the first models designed for the military in World War II. The Grand Cherokee, sold by Jeep all over the world, first turned an engine over in 1992. Now in its fourth generation, the Grand Cherokee remains in demand. In fact, around 277,000 of this model were sold in 2015.

Only three generations of Fiestas have been made available in the United States, the very first in 1976. The sixth and seventh generation of this "supermini" class car, however, has become very popular in America. The new 2017 model has a range of engine options from 1000 cc to 1500 cc petrol driven and 1500 cc turbo diesel.

Formerly Dodge RAM, this line of trucks dropped the Dodge in 2011. These are some of the most popular trucks in the United States, and models include the RAM 1500. In fact, in just one year (2016), RAM sold nearly 500,000 units in America.

Throughout their history, Chevrolet has produced some incredible models including the Corvette Mk1, Corvette Stingray, Impala and a number of muscle cars in the 1960s and 1970s including the Camaro. Another model, the El Camino, was produced by the company between 1964 and 1987. It was available in a number of body options including as a utility vehicle and a coupe.

Chrysler, formed in 1925, has played a significant part in the history of American motoring, forming part of the Big Three along with Ford and Chevrolet. Now part of the FIAT group, the company has made some eye-catching models throughout their history. One of these, the PT Cruiser, is certainly a talking point. You either love it or hate it! Enough people loved it, however, with over 1 million sold between 2000 and 2011.

Arguably the most iconic muscle car ever, the Mustang was first released in 1964. It proved one of the most popular debuts ever and within a year, 400,000 units had been sold, which quadrupled Ford’s original sale estimates.

After initially competing in the crossover (mid-sized) category from its introduction in 2004, the 2018 model of the Equinox will now feature in the compact crossover class. The Equinox is available with either 1500 cc or 2000 cc petrol engine or a 1600 cc turbo diesel powerplant. The 2000 cc petrol motor produces an impressive 252 brake horse power.

A luxury SUV, the Tesla Model X is an electric vehicle capable of traveling between 237 to 295 miles on a single charge depending on driving conditions. Sporting all-wheel drive and two motors, the top of the range P90D produces 193 kilowatts to the front tires and 375 kilowatts to the rear tires!

The muscle car revolution of the 1960s brought about the iconic Dodge Charger. And still today, the Charger, in its seventh generation, takes on its traditional rivals, the Corvette and the Mustang. The 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has a 6.2-liter supercharged engine capable of producing 707 brake horsepower.

The Impala name is synonymous with Chevrolet. This iconic brand first hit the vehicle market in 1958. Now in its tenth generation, the Impala is still a popular brand for car lovers in the United States. Well over half-a-million Impalas have been sold since 2012.

The Escape forms part of the very competitive compact crossover market. But it's not only in the United States the Escape is popular. Marketed under the name Kuga, the vehicle is sold in Europe, South Africa, and Australia to name a few overseas markets.

The two-door Barracuda was a muscle car from Plymouth manufactured between 1964 and 1974. Interestingly, 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 horse power.

General Motors brought in 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. Sadly, GM discontinued the brand in 2010.

The Curved Dash Oldsmobile was released in 1901 and built to 1907. Before Ford had dreamt about his production line, Oldsmobile was living it when producing the Curved Dash. Although let’s be honest, it still looks like a horseless carriage. Over 19,000 of the Curved Dash Oldsmobile were produced.

The Pacer was not everybody’s cup of tea back in the day. But thanks to an iconic part in the Hollywood blockbuster, Wayne’s World, this little car has developed quite a cult following.

Although mainly manufactured for the European market, the Ford Focus has formed part of the American market for the last number of years. The Focus is the bigger brother of the Fiesta. It is also available in an all-electric version, built to compete with the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.

A Chevrolet global brand, the Cruze is also available in the United States where it is a fairly popular model. It is powered by a 1400 cc petrol engine that produces an impressive 154 brake horsepower.

The minivan market in the United States is fiercely competitive. The Pacifica from Chrysler is fairly new to it but already has made an impression with impressive sales in its first year.

First manufactured in 1967, the Camaro is one of the most popular Chevrolet models ever. This muscle car has seen six different generations, although there was a break in production from 2002 to 2010. The current Camaro offers three different engine configurations, with the SS sporting a 6.2 liter V8 capable of producing 455 brake horsepower.

Established in 1897 by Ransom E. Olds, sadly this auto manufacturer closed its doors in 2004 after producing 35 million vehicles for American roads. The Cutlass, a model introduced in the early ‘60s, proved to be one of the most popular from the company. It started life in the compact class before the 1964 models moved the Cutlass into the mid-sized category.

After supplying other companies with various parts in the early 1900s, John F. and Horace E. Dodge started their own motor company in 1914. And the rest, as they say, is history. Over the years, Dodge has produced some iconic models including the Viper. The Viper RT/10 was introduced in 1992. It is powered by an 8-liter V10 engine normally found in Dodge RAM trucks. To say this car is a beast would be an understatement.

The Lincoln Motor Company was formed by Henry Leland in 1917. It was sold to Ford five years later with Edsel Ford, the son of Henry Ford, given control of the company. Lincoln was positioned above Ford, notably selling more luxurious vehicles. The Lincoln MKZ, released in 2017, comes with a 3000 cc V6 twin turbo engine capable of producing 400 brake horsepower.

This civilian version of the HUMVEE military vehicle hit the market in 1992. Over 11,000 Hummers were built in the 18 years that followed. After purchasing the brand in 1999, General Motors discontinued building Hummers in 2010

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.

The brainchild of Carroll Shelby, the Cobra first revved in 1962. It was based on a lightweight body that he imported from the AC Car company in the United Kingdom and bolted a Ford 260 engine to. 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.

Possibly the most iconic car ever built, the Model T made vehicles affordable to the man in the street. Thanks to Henry Ford using interchangeable parts as well as using a production line to build the car, prices for the Model T were kept low enough for ordinary people to be able to buy one. And it showed in the sales figures with over 15 million sold from 1908 to 1927.

Almost instantly recognizable, the Willys Jeep was produced for American armed forces during World War II. Of course, after the war, Jeep went on to become a very successful commercial brand in its own right.

A real looker, the SJ was only for the rich and famous. After all, it was produced during the depression, so the man in the street was certainly not going to get behind the wheel. These cars had a supercharged motor and were capable of traveling at over 100 mph.

Along with the Ford F-150, these two iconic pickups are in great demand! Many have been restored past their former glory. And it's not difficult to see why they are so loved. That rugged sturdy look while retaining elegant lines as well as a big Chevy engine under the hood - what's not to like?

Still going strong today, the Dodge Grand Caravan was first introduced in 1984 and is considered to be one of the first minivans.

When you think of big luxury SUVs, certainly the Escalade pops into your mind. With its massive 20-inch rims, large tires and plenty of chrome, the Escalade is perfect for those who want to make an entrance. This probably explains why it is loved by rappers!

Introduced in 1962, the Avanti certainly looked different from other cars on the market. Studebaker pitched the Avanti as a high-performance four-passenger car. And its performance at the time was pretty special, with the Avanti breaking close to 30 records during runs at the Bonnievale Salt Flats.

It’s probably never good to name a car after yourself, and the Edsel, named after Henry Ford’s son, was a massive failure for the company in which they lost $250 million! Marketed as the car of the future, the Edsel lasted for a mere two years in the early ‘60s before Ford pulled the plug.

The DeLorean, famous for its appearance in the film franchise Back to the Future, was ultimately a failure. Although fairly unique and innovative, it hit the market with car sales experiencing a major slump. And not many people were prepared to give this newcomer a chance. It is thought that around 6,000 still exist today.

The first generation Plymouth Valiant was released in 1960. It came in a variety of configurations, including 2-door, 4-door as well as sedans and hardtops. The Valiant had two power options under the hood, a 2.8 or 3.7-liter motor.

The Imperial Southampton was introduced in 1956. Over 10,000 of these models were made all with the famous "PowerFlite" transmission, where gears were selected at the push of a button.

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