Can You Name All of These Cars from the 1950s to the 1990s?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Cars have become such an important part of today's modern world. 

Not only do they transport our family safely, but we use them as part of our livelihood, sometimes as business tools but mostly to get us to our place of employment. For the lucky ones, we can even use them for recreation, think 4x4's or a big SUV to tow a boat. 

Do you think those incredible men over 100 years ago would ever think how important their inventions would be and how people would come to rely on the motor car?

Now as a motor car lover you probably have your favorites among a host of automobiles built during the period from the '50s to the '90s. And there have been so many models and makes during that time, that is for sure. Some quickly became legends while others faded into obscurity. But they all contributed toward the history of motoring and in that way, all are important. 

So in this quiz, we span across those decades, bringing a range of cars for you to identify. Some famous, some not so much.

One image and four possible choices are all you have! Do you think you can do it?

Good luck!


The Challenger was first introduced in 1970 as a muscle car. The top of the range model from this era was powered by a 6.98-liter Chrysler Hemi engine.

1,311 Ferrari F40s were produced between 1987 and 1991. Many consider this to be the finest Ferrari ever. The F40 was powered by a 2.9 liter twin turbo V12 capable of producing 471 brake horse power. The F40’s top speed was 321 km/h.

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 large open off-road track for this behemoth.

In 1959, the Mini Mk 1 was introduced to the world. And what a popular car it proved to be! Over the years, it underwent a number of upgrades, but that distinct Mini appeal never left. The last of these cars rolled off the production line in the late 1990s.

In 1992, Formula One team, McLaren, launched the F1. This high performance sports car was powered by a 6.2-liter V12 engine that produced over 600 brake horsepower. Interestingly, the engine is lined with 24-karat gold to help with the dispersal of heat.

Since the Golf Mk 1 hit the roads in 1974, this iconic German brand has continued to thrill motorists the world over. The Golf has gone from strength to strength. Now in its seventh incarnation, Golfs remain popular and have become top of the range, highly sophisticated cars.

This two-door, two-seater came in the form of a coupe or cabriolet. It was produced by BMW between 1956 and 1959 with 413 built over that period. The 503 was aimed in particular at the US market, but saleswise, performed poorly.

This concept car was built in small numbers. In fact, only 55 were made of which 50 were used in a designed user program. As one can tell by the name, this Chrysler model was driven by a turbine engine. Only nine remain today, of which two are in private hands.

Released in 1970, the Mach 1 was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine which produced just over 300 brake horsepower. This was a classic American muscle car.

The Scout was built during the late 1960s into the early 1980s and proved to be a popular off-roader. Over 500,000 were built during this period.

A stylish roadster from the 1950s, the P1900 actually had a fiberglass body. Only 68 of these stunning machines were built between 1956 and 1957. The P1900 had a 3-speed manual gearbox and was powered by a 1,400cc straight four engine.

Only one generation of the Cimarron was released by Cadillac over a 7-year period from 1981 to 1988. The Cimarron featured as a 4-door sedan in the compact car segment .Unfortunately, it didn't perform well and is listed on by Forbes on their list of 'Legendary Car Flops'.

This incredible-looking sports car was produced by Jaguar between 1992 and 1994. Powered by a 3.5 L twin-turbocharged V6 engine, only 275 were made.

The Pony, Korea's first mass-produced car, was a rear-wheel drive subcompact car produced by the Korean manufacturer between 1975 and 1990. Two generations of the Pony were produced with a range of body options including sedans, wagons, a coupe utility and a hatchback.

Northwestern Auto Parts Company or Napco were a company established in 1918 that specialized in making 4-wheel drive systems for vehicles. One of these projects was for Chevrolet pickups from 1942 to 1956. This gave the vehicle moderate off-road capabilities.

Basically a modified Porsche, only 30 RUF CTRs were ever made. This sportscar can go from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 225 mph. Should you want one, it will set you back a cool $793,000.

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.

A front-wheel drive muscle car? Yes, we give the Toronado muscle car status! Produced from 1966 to 1971, it certainly featured some very unique styling, but under the hood, it had that all-important V8.

Wanted to own a supercar but thought you never had enough money? Well, in the '90s, thinking outside the box would net ou the 3000GT VR4. Not only a good looker, the VR4 pushed out some awesome performance numbers and this at a fraction of the cost of other supercars.

Built between 1991 and 1996, the Beat was designed by legendary Italian design company, Pininfarina. This two-seat roadster was particularly small and received its power from a 700 cc engine coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Produced between 1991 and 1997, this was one of the first European cars to be rebadged as a Holden. In fact, the Calibra, a sports coupe, came from Opel in Germany. It came as both a manual and automatic model with two different engines. In fairness, the 85 kilowatts generated by the smaller 2.0-liter engine made the automatic a little underpowered. A V6 model was launched in 1995.

The legendary 500 was introduced by Fiat in the 1950s. This small car became an instant hit all over Europe but in particular, Italy.

Know for their sports cars, the LM002 was a massive departure for Lamborghini. It was built between 1986 and 1993 with 328 made. Interestingly, Pirelli was commissioned to make custom tires for the vehicle.

The Batmobile in the 1960s Batman TV series was, in fact, a Lincoln Futura, a concept car from 1955 which is the only one was ever built. The Batmobile itself was not this Futura but a replica with a fiberglass body. In 2013, it was sold for an astonishing $4.62 million at auction.

The Maxima, a full-sized sedan has been a Nissan model since 1981. Now in its eighth generation, the Maxima power options include either a straight-four or V6 engine.

By the time 1996 rolled along, the Lotus Esprit had been in production for over 20 years. The V8, however, quickly became a firm favorite. It was powered by an aluminum V8 engine coupled to a 5 or 6-speed manual transmission. The V8 could reach a top speed of 175 mph and go from 0 - 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

The Bongo is available as either a pickup truck or a cabover van. This Mazda stalwart was first released in the 1960s. By 1999, the popularity of the Bongo had seen a fourth generation released and this is still marketd by the company today. It also appeared under other famous vehicle badges including Ford and Nissan, often country dependant.

A real looker in 1990 and still one today, the ZR-1 became a very popular Corvette model. It was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produced 375 brake horsepower.

Released between 1976 and 1986, Jeep’s CJ-7 was one of the most popular off-roaders available during those 10 years. It had a large, 93.5 inch wheel base which coupled with a three-speed gearbox meant the Jeep went places other 4x4’s had trouble getting to. The top of the range CJ-7 was powered by a 304 cubic inch V8.

The Lexus LS 400 debuted in 1990. This luxury 4-door sedan quickly became a firm favorite providing both luxury and Toyota's famed reliability. Interestingly, development on this car had started as far back as 1983.

This 2-door, rear-wheel drive roadster first turned an engine over in anger in 1996. It quickly became a favorite thanks to its nimble handling

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

First introduced in 1982, the Opel Corsa (marketed as Vauxhaull in the United Kingdom) has proved to be a popular car in the supermini bracket in Europe.

Not many people know, but Peugeot are actually the oldest car manufacturers in the world. Their most popular model, the 504, was produced between 1968 and 1983 and is the company's highest selling model.

The 'Cuda quickly became a popular muscle car from its release in 1964. In fact, it debuted two weeks before the Ford Mustang. Of course, later models featuring the Hemi engine are the most sought after.

Only 500 units of the MG Maestro Turbo were produced by the company between 1989 and 1991. The Maestro Turbo was powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine which gave it a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 128 mph.

As one of Chevrolet's most successful marques, the Chevelle was produced over two decades between 1963 and 1978. It included a variety of body options including station wagons, convertibles, coupes and sedans and even took part in NASCAR. The largest engine put into a Chevelle was a 454 cu in (7.4 L) Big-Block V8.

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.

Largely acknowledged as one of the best off-roaders ever, the FJ40 Land Cruiser was produced between 1974 and 1993. And the best part? Well, the Cruiser was able to tackle the toughest terrain straight out the box, with little need for modifications.

- A Porsche from the '80s, the 959 was produced for a period of two years between 1986 and 1988 and again from 1992 to 1993. Only 345 were built. It originated as a rally car but 200 production models needed to be built as per FIA rules.

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