Do You Know If These '80s Vehicles Are Ford or Chevy?


By: J. Reinoehl

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Are you a fan of the cars of the 1980s? Do you remember all of the models made by Ford and Chevy during that decade? Take this quiz to see if you can identify the '80s car model.

Since a car has to be at least 25 years old to be considered a classic, the cars of the 1980s now fall into that category. Although many people could argue the point that the cars of that decade just don't stand up to the classics of the '50s and '60s, rules are rules. But let's be honest, some of the models made and sold in the '80s aren't worth a second look, let alone the honor of being called a classic car. However, other models definitely deserve our attention. 

Ford vs. Chevy, one of the most virulent rivalries in the automobile industries, made some great cars in the '80s, and a few flops. Do you remember the Chevy Citation? It was manufactured from 1980 to 1985, but it just wasn't the most attractive car, even for that era. Still, it made headlines as the first front-wheel drive car in the Chevy lineup.

Do you think you can identify each of these 1980s Ford and Chevy vehicles? Let's get started.

Which make is a Tempo?

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking." –Henry Ford


Which make is a Malibu?

The Malibu of 1980-1981 came with a standard 3-speed manual transmission, but 4-speed and automatics were options—but nearly 99% of the Malibus produced had an automatic transmission. In 1982, the automatic transmission became standard.


Which make is a Mustang?

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” -Henry Ford


Which make is an Impala?

The 1980 Impala was offered for $6,535, but its popularity began to collapse. Fewer than 100,000 vehicles were produced that year.


Which make is a LTD ?

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind not with it.” –Henry Ford


Which make is a Citation?

The Citation sold more than 800,000 its first year of release (1980), and assembly lines couldn’t keep up with demand. Sales were halved the second year and by 1985 (its last year of production) had dropped to only 63,000 because they were known for being poorly built.


Which make is a Probe?

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford


Which make is a Fiesta?

Ford created the Fiesta when gas prices caused larger vehicles to become less popular. Surprisingly, it didn’t do well in the United States (lasting only three years), but it was extremely popular in Europe.


Which make is a Corsica?

“Movement is the universal language of personal freedom.” –Louis Chevrolet


Which make is an S-10?

The Chevy S-10 was the first compact pickup truck developed by Chevy. Beginning production in 1982, it was replaced in 2004 by the Chevy Colorado.


Which make is a Bel Air?

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now, and do it.” –William C. Durant (co-founder of Chevrolet)


Which make is a Festiva?

The Ford Festiva was the successor of the Fiesta, and it was introduced in Asia and Australia as well as the U. S. It first appeared in 1986.


Which make is a Monte Carlo?

“You've got to remember that nobody ever offered you anything for that TV set that wore out.” --Bob Burger, CEO of Chevrolet during the 1980s, talking about his pro-dealer stance


Which make is a Chevette?

The Chevette was mechanically simple, which made it cheap to maintain. It also was listed for only $4,418.


Which make is an Escort?

“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all but goes on making his own business better all the time.” -Henry Ford


Which make is a Monza?

The Chevy Vega was the first GM engineered car that Chevy was supposed to use. Because the Chevy engineers were insulted and layoffs caused some factory workers to sabotage the cars, as fenders rusted and doors fell off after only two years of ownership, the Vegas were abandoned and the Chevy Monza replaced them.


Which make is a Camaro?

“All American cars are basically Chevrolets.” – Herb Caen


Which make is a Fairmont?

The Fairmont was in production from 1978 to 1984. From 1981-1983 the vehicle was redesigned with quad headlights.


Which make is a Country Squire?

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently – Henry Ford


Which make is a C/K?

The C/K had both a Silverado and Sierra trim line (these became the names of the two models to replace the C/K in 1998). On November 17, 1992, NBC’s Dateline fabricated a side-impact explosion and later apologized, but the damage to the C/K –Series had been done.


Which make is a Nova?

“Chevrolet was puzzled when they discovered that their sales for the Chevy Nova were off the charts everywhere but in Latin America. They finally realized that “No va” in Spanish translates to “no go.” Not the best name for a car… anywhere “no va.” –Tom Waits


Which make is a Beretta?

The Beretta was offered as a base model with a V-6. A buyer could upgrade to the GT package or the GTU package, but the similarly priced IROC-Z was a better deal for performance.


Which make is a Grenada?

“Worry is the most wasteful thing in the world.” –Henry Ford


Which make is an Aerostar?

The Ford Aerostar was the first minivan introduced by Ford. It first appeared in 1986.


Which make is a Taurus?

"Labor is the human element which makes the fruitful seasons of the earth useful to men." –Henry Ford


Which make is an El Camino?

The El Camino was based off Ford’s Ranchero and designed to compete with it. In 1981, the El Camino got a horizontal tube grill and engines upgraded with the Computer Command Control (CCC) emission system.


Which make is a Blazer?

“The public needs the equivalent of Chevrolets as well as Cadillacs.” –Learned Hand


Which make is a Cavalier?

The Chevy Cavalier of the ‘80s became a platform vehicle for many other GM cars. It was rebranded as a Pontiac Sunbird, Pontiac, Sunfire, Vauxhall Cavalier, Oldsmobile Firenza, Buick Skyhawk, Cadillac Cimarron and even a Toyota Cavalier in Japan.


Which make is a Thunderbird?

The Thunderbird is an iconic Ford nameplate. It was relaunched in a limited edition in the 2000s, but didn't sell very well.


Which make is an EXP?

With its sleek body design, sadly the standard engine was only 70 HP. It took 12.4 seconds to do 0-60 mph when it first appeared on the market in 1983.


Which make is an Astro?

“I wouldn’t take nothing but a Ford: F-O-R-D. Period. Ain’t nothing like a Ford. I wouldn’t drive a Chevrolet because I can’t spell it.” –Bruce Bruce


Which make is an Econoline?

The long-nose Econoline was characteristic of the 1975-1991. These 3rd generation vehicles of the 1980s also used a full-length frame so cutaways and other configurations were possible.


Which make is a Corvette?

“You look at an old Corvette, and that’s pretty special … You see a Ford Taurus, and you think, when’s the next one coming along?” –David Brownell


Which make is a Pinto?

Lee Iacocca wanted a $2,000 car that was 2000 pounds. Since it needed to be fast and cheap, quality suffered. An engineering analysis was performed where every car (without modification) burst into flames on rear impact, but a cost analysis valuing human life at $200,000 and not including negative publicity or recall costs determined it not worth fixing before release.


Which make is a Celebrity?

"People think, ‘She’s a model. She must have such an attitude. She must be so stuck up.’ But I’m normal. I cry. I’m not rich, I drive a 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity.” –Summer Altice


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