The DTW Bumper Holiday Quiz – Answers (Part One)

The solutions to our Christmas Day edition of the DTW Bumper Holiday Quiz are as follows…

Gratuitous DTW-centric image. (c)

  1. Find the two British cars (make and model) contained in the anagram:

Basra Disastrous Matrimonial

Austin Ambassador and Morris Ital

  1. Identify the two missing marques in this list by following the numerical model designation trail that connects them:

Tatra –  ?  – Volkswagen – Ferrari – Volvo –  ?  – Rover 

603–603/411 –  411/412   –  412/360–360/164–164/75–75

           Bristol                                                               Alfa Romeo

  1. Identify this vehicle:

Ford Scorpio Estate

  1. What word connects Volkswagen, Wartburg and the introduction of the breathalyser in the UK?

Castle: Wartburg was named after a castle, VW featured Wolfsburg Castle on its crest, and Barbara Castle, as Minister for Transport from 1965 to 1968, oversaw the introduction of the breathalyser to combat drink-driving.

  1. The original Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle had an unusual means of pressurising the windscreen washers. How was this done?

The washer bottle was pressurised by connecting it to the spare wheel under the bonnet. 

  1. What derisory term did Bob Lutz use to describe the Renault-derived Medallion and Premier models Chrysler inherited with its takeover of American Motors?


  1. The name Metro was chosen in a ballot of BL workers for the company’s 1980 supermini. What were the two other proposed names on the ballot paper?

‘Match’ and ‘Maestro’ 

  1. Which production cars had the following code names while in development?
  • Toni                     Ford Sierra Mk1
  • Tomcat              Rover 200 Coupé
  • Bobcat                Ford Fiesta Mk1
  • Bounty               Triumph Acclaim
  • Mosquito         Morris Minor
  • XX/HX               Rover 800/Honda Legend
  1. To whom or what does ‘Tagora’, the name of Talbot’s short-lived and unsuccessful large saloon refer?

Nothing: it is a synthesised word, devised to be phonetic, easily pronounced and not offensive in any language. 

  1. When MG was bought by the Nanjing Automobile Group in 2005, the Chinese company tried unsuccessfully to redefine the meaning of the MG letters from ‘Morris Garages’ to what?

‘Modern Gentleman’

  1. There are three garages, marked A, B and C. Your car is parked in one garage only. Only one of the following statements is true:
  • The car is Parked in Garage A.
  • The car is not parked in Garage B.
  • The car is not parked in Garage A.

In which garage is your car parked?

Garage B (Only the last statement is true.)

  1. Identify the automotive designer and the name given to his signature style in this anagram:

Superglue rowdy Argentineans

Gorden Wagener  – Sensual Purity 

  1. Complete the following list of nine model names. The last two letters of each name are the same as the first two letters of the next name in the list. The underscores indicate the number of missing letters in each name.
  • T e r c e l
  • E l _ _ _
  • _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  • _ _ _ _ a n
  • A n t a r a
  • R a _ _ _ _
  • _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  • _ _ _ _ _ t e
  • T e s t a r o s s a
  • T e r c e l
  • E l i s e
  • S e i c e n t o
  • T o u r a n
  • A n t a r a
  • R a p i d e
  • D e a u v I l l e
  • L e v a n t e
  • T e s t a r o s s a
  1. Identify this vehicle:

Alfa Romeo Alfetta Mk1

  1. What striking image featured on the cover of Car Magazine in April 1994 in relation to the magazine’s long-term test of the VW Golf Mk3 VR6?

A lemon with a VW sticker. 

  1. Which auto maker promoted itself as “a different type of car company”?


  1. What was ResCap and how did it cause the bankruptcy of a major auto manufacturer?

It was General Motors’ sub-prime mortgage subsidiary that collapsed in the 2008/9 Global Financial Crisis. 

  1. Why did Mitsubishi sell its cars under the Colt brand name in the UK for a decade from 1974?

The company was afraid that UK consumers would be unable to pronounce its polysyllabic (but phonetic) name correctly. 

  1. Which was the first mass-production car to have fully-integrated high-gloss body-coloured bumpers front and rear?

The 1974 Chevrolet Corvette C3. (The 1973 model still had a chrome rear bumper.) 

  1. Who described the typical Saab owner in the following unflattering terms: “…leftish intellectuals who admired the failed Swedish experiment in 90% tax rates and womb-to-tomb welfare.” 

Robert A Lutz, Vice-Chairman of General Motors 

  1. What was the inspiration for the unusual front end of the 2009 Bentley Mulsanne with its large circular headlamps positioned inboard either side of the grille?

The successful 1920’s racing cars driven by the so-called ‘Bentley Boys’. 

  1. What is a Wingle?

A pick-up truck manufactured by the Chinese auto maker Great Wall. 

  1. Which auto makers jointly developed an engine nicknamed ‘suitcase’ and why was it so called? 

Peugeot and Renault. The name alludes to the way the engine was split open in order to service the transmission in its sump. 

  1. Why did Nicolette McKenzie become a household name in 1983?

She was the voice of the Austin Maestro’s talking computer. 

  1. Identify this abandoned prototype that failed to make production.

The Fraser-Nash Perdana luxury saloon (based on a Proton model of the same name)

Author: Daniel O'Callaghan

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15 thoughts on “The DTW Bumper Holiday Quiz – Answers (Part One)”

  1. Re #19, didn’t the 1971 Toyota Crown have body-colour integrated bumpers at each end? Not all variants perhaps, but I’m sure some did.

    1. Good morning Clive. Some versions of the 1971 Toyota Crown did indeed have body-coloured steel bumpers, but they were essentially the same bumpers that were chromed on other versions and were clearly separate from the surrounding bodywork, so fail the ‘fully integrated’ test:

      The 1974 Corvette had just a thin panel gap between bumper and bodywork, and smoothly continued the profile of the car at both ends. In this regard it set the template for virtually all current day cars:

  2. The only question that remained unanswered was no. 25. Here’s the Frazer-Nash Perdana as envisaged by the designers:

    (What were they thinking? 😲)

    I assume it would have carried a different model name in production but, thankfully, we were spared that eventuality.

    Here’s the Proton Perdana on which it was based:

    (Complete with Alfa-Romeo shield grille!)

    1. To get this solution for the C-pillar and the boot lid you don’t necessarily need a designer (or a few), you can get it quite cheaply at any kindergarten around the corner.

      (And to provide a possible answer to the question “what were they thinking”, even if that may sound a bit harsh: probably nothing.)

    2. Would it be possible that the Perdana shown here was perhaps designed for Alfa Romeo? In typical carrozzeria fashion they sold it to someone else and barely changed a crease? My bid is that it´s a Pininfarina effort.

    3. Hi Richard. If you click on the link provided by Charles above, you will see that a company called F&F Design Studio is claiming credit for it. The interior looks luxurious in the showy, shiny contemporary style, but the exterior is so poorly proportioned and amateurish that, even on a bad day, one would hope that Pininfarina wouldn’t stoop so low…or am I missing something?

  3. Maybe it’s because I’m new here, but can someone please explain Question #11 to me. I’ve been staring at it for hours…

    1. Good morning Jeff and welcome to DTW. Great to have you aboard.

      Q11 has nothing to do with matters automotive per se, it’s a simple logic puzzle, solved by testing and elimination. You are told that only ONE of the three statements is true, so let’s test the three possibilities

      If your car was parked in garage A, statements 1 and 2 would be true:
      *The car is Parked in Garage A = TRUE
      *The car is not parked in Garage B = TRUE
      *The car is not parked in Garage A = FALSE

      If your car was parked in garage B, only statement 3 would be true:
      *The car is Parked in Garage A = FALSE
      *The car is not parked in Garage B = FALSE
      *The car is not parked in Garage A = TRUE

      If your car was parked in garage C, statements 2 and 3 would be true:
      *The car is Parked in Garage A = FALSE
      *The car is not parked in Garage B = TRUE
      *The car is not parked in Garage A = TRUE

      So, in order to comply with the requirement that only one statement is true, the car has to be parked in Garage B!

    2. Well I guess logic really isn’t my strong point. Thanks for the explanation!

  4. An entertaining quiz providing much enjoyment and clearly the product of much thought. It was too difficult for me but I liked it more for that anyway. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, formula57, and glad you enjoyed the quiz. Part Two will be published on New Year’s Day, with the answers following three days later.

  5. I believe your answer to No 17 is incorrect. I was never a Maximum Bob Lutz fan myself. Either you majority own a comapany or you don’t, and Cerberus had 51% of GMAC. It was a topic of conversation on the TTAC Death Watch when TTAC was run by its founder, because the sale of its credit arm showed how desperate GM was for capital as it inexorably slid to its death. Besides, Lutz bestowed the deathly Chevrolet Cobalt on the world, followed by the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky, in his role as Car Czar at GM. His bloviation was always superior to his actions, in my opinion! It’s why I refused to read his (no doubt highly self-congratulatory) book, and now I know he was the person behind the quote in question 20, I have even less respect for him.

    Anyway, Happy New Year to you and the DTW crew. It’s only 21:30 here in the safest relatively Covid-free region in the Northern hemisphere besides Iceland, the Atlantic Canada Region of well over two million souls, and tonight is malt whisky tasting. Here’s my quiz. Can you tell from my spelling of whisky what country’s products I’m speaking of? Or do I have to give you a wee dram of Highland Park as a hint?!


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