Festive Cracker

Some brain teasers to keep you occupied during the idle hours, or in between meal courses…

Season’s Greetings everyone.

[1] Which car is missing from this list?

Chevrolet Cavalier
Pontiac J2000 / Sunbird
Opel Ascona
Vauxhall Cavalier
Buick Skyhawk
Cadillac Cimarron
Chevrolet Monza
Holden Camira
Oldsmobile Firenza

[2] From what car is this detail?

[3] What car donated its headlights to this Russian prototype?

[4] The 1990-1992 Lotus type 102 Formula One car marked the beginning of the end for the once so successful Grand Prix racing team. In the three seasons it competed, the 102 was powered by engines from no less than four different suppliers: Lamborghini, Judd, Ford and…?

[5] Name this concept car.

[6] Who offered a vehicle named Bronco on the American market before Ford did?

[7] A creative soul made this vehicle out of two different cars. Name them.

[8] What was remarkable about the Peugeot 504 built in Australia?

[9] Which British hatchback had, in the very earliest examples, only one centrally mounted parcel shelf strap?

[10] Name the car.

[11] What was the first production car to feature flush side glass?

[12] The well known Simca 1100 wore five different brand names on its bonnet over its almost twenty year lifespan. Including all bodystyles and variants, what were they?

[13] Which carmaker sold a van in the USA under the name “Petit Panel”?

[14] A small sportscar, the Victoria 250, was known under another name before its 1957 introduction and lived on under yet
another name after its production was halted. The names?

[15] This brochure image of the Rover P6 series II shows a preproduction car with a feature that the actual
production cars did not have. In what way is it different?

[16] The elaborately christened Talbot Sunbeam Lotus introduced in 1979 was sold under an even longer name in certain markets – what was its full designation there?

[17] Name the car.

[18] What South-African built car was briefly, and not very successfully, offered in the UK through the KIA dealer network in the early 1990s?

[19] A highly distorted fish-eye perspective. What car are we sitting in?

Author: brrrruno

Car brochure collector, Thai food lover, not a morning person before my first cup of coffee

63 thoughts on “Festive Cracker”

    1. Affirmative. I have a go at the rest when time allows.

  1. I think I know #11 and some of #7. In my defence I’ve yet to get up or start drinking.
    Chapeau Bruno!

    1. Hello S.V.,
      No, they are not from the SAAB 99 although the vehicle looks quite SAAB-ish.

  2. Number 7 is front half toyota trueno and back half vw polo coupe.

    Merry Christmas and may the best automotive site continue. (no spam, no adds yet in depth and entertaining.)

    1. Thubbas and Freerk: One of you has the back end correct, but the front end is not from a Trueno (although it looks a lot like it!)….

    2. Thanks for that on behalf of all of us (I am on leave at present).
      About the advertisig, it´s subliminal so you can´t see it but if you wondered why you recently switched to Pepsi after a lifetime of Coke drinking, it´s because we get a fee from Pepsico for full-page subliminal flash ads. Pepsi! In January you will be back to Coke again if Coke can outbid Pepsi. Pepsi!

    3. Lada Samara backend and front of Honda Accord Aerodeck?

    4. Thubbas and Freerk,
      My apologies, I had the data mixed up- the front end IS from the Toyota Trueno! Better cut back on that red wine 🙂

    1. Hello S.V.,
      No, although the Audi 100 is certainly the one that popularized the feature.

    1. Hello Freerk: 3,4,5 and 13 (Renault Estafette) all correct- well done.
      The complete list of solutions will be published in this comment section on the 27th.

  3. Number 19: Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spider? Guessing here again: one guy I knew had the 3500 GT Touring Superleggera and this reminds me of it.

    1. Thanks, Bruno. The dial layout screamed Maserati to me, just had to figure out the right model.

    1. Hello Daniel,
      Correct- I more or less suspected you’d spot that one quickly, being the sharp-eyed (albeit in your own words somewhat patinated) member of the DTW fraternity 🙂

    2. I completely missed that, yet is so obvious now you pointed that out, Daniel 🙂 In my defense: it’s been ages since I last saw a p6.

    1. Hello Ricardo,
      Yes- those are the five names we were looking for.

  4. #18 is the Sao Penza’s time to shine!

    #19 is a Lancia Flaminia GT.

    Not sure about #9, but maybe the Metro?

    Is #11 the 928?

    1. Hello Stradale,
      Your answer on #18 is correct, but the other three are not. #19 is the interior of a Maserati Mistral 3500 Spyder. As #9 and #11 have not yet been solved I will wait until the 27th to publish the complete list of solutions in this comments column.

    1. There are not enough advantages in a centrally located string for the rear parcel shelf. You´d think adding a second string was not a big expense. It seems reasonable to say people seldom put things through the airspace occupied by a central string but they sometimes do. The disadvantage of a two-string solution is you have double the work to disconnect the shelf from the hatch. That is not all that hard though. This one puzzles me as aesthetically a single string seems so unappetising, never mind its possibility of minor occasional inconvenience.

    2. Wow. I thought it would have been the Metro on which they economised. It would never have occurred to me that they have done such a cheapskate thing on their flagship!

      Great questions Bruno. Well done.

  5. Number 6. “a vehicle named Bronco”. Not necessarily four wheeled, so I’m saying Ducati.

    1. Wow, excellent find. I know next to nothing about vehicles with less (or more) than four wheels.

    2. Robertas: Kudos for your out of the box thinking (I was thus far not aware that there was a Ducati Bronco so thanks for that info)- but the answer we’re looking for is definitely a four-wheeled vehicle.

    3. Got it now – a surprise to me! I’ll pass on the challenge to others, sufficient to say it definitely has four road wheels.

  6. Number 14: Brütsch 200 Spatz and Bayerische Autowerke made the Victoria 200. Burgfalke turned it into Victoria 250.
    I only know this car by the name Spatz and have no clue as to how it was named after the Victoria 250 designation.

  7. Hello Freerk;
    You have all three names correct but apparently not in the right order:
    According to the trivia info I found to create this question, The BAG Spatz became the Victoria 250, which then became the Burgfalke FB250.
    Anyone know what the exact and correct order was? For now, I consider your answer good enough so well done!

  8. Regarding Number 11 – I’m not certain what would qualify here. For example, in the picture below the side glass (is it glass or plexiglass?) is technically flush with the surrounding metal, but it doesn’t retract. And there is that pesky protruding rubber seal.

    I don’t suppose that curved windows that are almost flush will count, but I sense that there must have been something (production, not prototype) that qualifies between the Tropfenwagen and the Heinkel.

    1. I thought about the Schlörwagen, but that is not a production vehicle.

    2. Hello Gooddog,
      For the purpose of this quiz the requirements are that the side glass is retractable, and lies flush with the doorframes (if apliccable) as per the well known Audi 100. Curved windows that are almost flush don’t make the grade, as “almost flush” presents a slippery slope. I hope this clarification helps!

  9. Re 11, some people consider that the Citroën DS has flush, or semi-flush glass. I think that’s stretching things. I have a dim memory of something like a 60’s Zagato possibly having flush glass, which would be a production car, albeit a very low volume one.

  10. Good morning all,
    Here is as promised the complete list of solutions:

    1) Isuzu Aska.

    2) Pegaso Z103 Touring Panoramic:

    3) Opel Ascona B (The prototype is the Moskvitch C1).

    4) Isuzu.

    5) Mercedes Benz Vision SLA, 2000.

    6) Auto Union/DKW – the USA version of the Munga was named Bronco in the early sixties.

    7) Lada Samara and Toyota Trueno; the front bumper is probably from a Honda Accord Aerodeck but not 100% sure about that:

    8) The 504 was assembled by Renault Australia at its Heidelberg, Victoria plant.

    9) Rover 3500 SD1.

    10) Simca 1000.

    11) Isuzu Piazza, 1981:

    12) Simca 1100, Talbot 1100, Dodge 1100 (Van), Matra-Simca (Rancho), Talbot-Matra (Rancho).

    13) Renault (the Estafette).

    14) The BAG Spatz became the Victoria 250, which then became the Burgfalke FB250.

    15) Chromed headlight surrounds.

    16) Talbot Simca Sunbeam Lotus (in France for example):

    17) Ruxton Model A, 1930.

    18) The Sao Penza, a rebadged Mazda 323 BF (1985-1989) built by SAMCOR.

    19) Maserati Mistral Spider.

  11. Thanks, Bruno. I had a lot of fun with this one.

    I looked at the Pegaso Z102 for question number 2, but I should have looked a little further 😉

    I would never have guessed the Isuzu Piazza, a car I only vaguely know off, as the answer to question number 11.

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