2022 Car Trivia Quiz: Answers

Time to reveal the answers to our twenty-two for 2022.

1) The model name ‘Zephyr’ was applied to some classic Lincolns and a few rather less classic Mercury and Ford models. Which other manufacturer used the same model name, albeit translated into a different language?

Answer: The Nissan Cefiro (Spanish for Zephyr).

2) Which European car introduced in the latter half of the 1960s had, for the Japanese export market only, its external door handles replaced by shallower ones that were sited further forward on the doors and its side rubbing strips removed in order to avoid being put into a higher tax bracket?

Answer: The Volvo 142/144.

3) Name the car in the image above.

Answer: Zagato Audi Zuma.

4) How can one distinguish an E28 BMW 524td from its gasoline-powered stablemates when looking at it from the front only?

Answer: The license plate mounting of the 524td sits slightly higher, to allow more air to enter the cooling system.

5) How can a very early Citroën GSA be distinguished from a later one simply by looking at the dashboard?

Answer: Very early GSAs had green lunules, all the later cars had yellow ones.

6) Name the car in the image above.

Answer: Gilbern Invader Estate.

7) The Pontiac Firebird and Ford Mustang II sported huge decals of mythical birds and snakes on the bonnets of their performance oriented versions, but which other car that received a similar treatment does one see in the photo above?

Answer: The Isuzu 117 Coupé.

8) What car had, over the course of its long life, three different versions of its fuel filler opening?

Answer: The original Fiat Panda. From 1980-85 an exposed one that protruded from the bodywork, from 1986-2000 an exposed one that was flush with the body, and from 2001 one hidden behind a fuel opening flap.

9)  Identify the make and model of the car shown from the very distorted fish-eye view above.

Answer: It’s a Fiat 1100 from the mid fifties.

10) What car featured unique chromed script badges on its front wings denoting the colour in which the car was painted?

Answer: The 1949/1950 Kaiser.

11) How can one date this Rover P5 (built between 1959 and 1973) down to only three possible years of manufacture?

Answer: This Rover P5 is from either 1965, 1966 or 1967- the only years when three small chrome trim pieces were placed behind the long strip
running along its flanks.

12) In the early 1970s, in which country were there RWD & FWD versions of two different cars from the same manufacturer marketed under the same model name and who was the manufacturer?

Answer: In 1972 Morris has two different Marinas on sale in Denmark: the one we’re all familiar with and the Danish version of the Morris 1100/1300.

13) Which one of these fictional detectives’ names was used for a special edition of a European passenger car in the 1980s: Hercule Poirot, Harry Callahan or Sherlock Holmes, and which car was it?

Answer: Sherlock Holmes. The car was a special edition of the Talbot Horizon in 1984 for the Dutch and Belgian market named Talbot Horizon Sherlock.

14) From which car is the very blue interior seen above?

Answer: The shortlived 1967 Ford Taunus P7A, which was facelifted -including its interior- within a year after its introduction and known as the more succesful P7B until the end of production in 1971.

15) Name the US carmakers that had a car with stacked (over and under) headlights in their line-up for the 1965 model year.

Answer: AMC/Rambler (Ambassador), Buick (Riviera), Cadillac (all), Ford (full size), Mercury (Comet/Cyclone), Plymouth (full size), Pontiac (all).

16) Can you identify this vehicle from examining its bare chassis above?

Answer: The Wartburg 312.

17) Which vehicle -and it was not a Rambler or an Alpine- once sported both the famous Renault lozenge badge as well as the name of another carmaker?

Answer: The Renault/Dodge Series 50 light truck. Peugeot had taken over Chrysler Europe in 1978 but was not interested in the Dodge truck division, which ended up under Renault control. Oddly, the Series 50 had both Renault and Dodge badging. Ironically, Peugeot and Dodge are now part of the same consortium.

18) What was the first Toyota with FWD and a transversely-mounted engine?

Answer: The 1982-1986 Camry (type V10).

19) Yes, it’s a transatlantic version of the Rover SD1, but is this a Canadian or American variant, and how can you tell the difference?

Answer: It’s Canadian; the American market version had a union jack badge on its front wings instead of the V8 badge.

20) An interior door panel with a distinctive pattern- from which car is this?

Answer: The NSU 1200.

21) Name the car in the photo above.

Answer: The electric Sbarro/Vessa Pilcar, 1977.

22) This photo of the famous Citroën HY van depicts a 1968 or newer example, sold like this in one country only. In which country was that?

Answer: The Netherlands. All HY’s had suicide doors right until the end of production, but due to new Dutch road and safety regulations coming in effect in 1968 the doors of HYs sold in The Netherlands had to be converted to ones opening in the conventional way.

Author: brrrruno

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

12 thoughts on “2022 Car Trivia Quiz: Answers”

  1. Although I owned it for only just over a year, more than three decades ago, I’m pretty sure the lunules in my 1984 GSA were black with orange numbers.

    1. Hello Jonathan,
      A few others mentioned something along the same lines, so I double checked- but all GSA lunules I can find in brochures and on the web are either green or yellow (sometimes yellowish orange due to lighting circumstances). The BX did have black lunules with orange numbers, so my guess is that you had these two mixed up in your recollection. Having said that, if you can provide a photo that proves otherwise please do to set the record straight! Wishing you and all others frequenting these pages a tasteful, enjoyable and safe passage into 2023!

    2. Hi Brrrruno

      Here’s a scan of a page from the excellent ‘Citroën GS & GSA’ book by Marc Stabèl. I hope you will be able to see the orange-on-black lunules.

    3. Hello Jonathan (and Dave),
      Thanks for the info- you’re correct (so I learned something new from my own quiz as well), so the solution to #5 should be edited slightly to: “Very early GSAs had green lunules, later cars had either yellow ones with black lettering or black ones with orange lettering”.

    1. +1 I knew some of them, but others were a real surprise. Fiendishly enjoyable – thank you.

  2. Comment on #22 — the Citroen HY. In the 1990s I worked briefly on one of these, it was a recently imported vehicle, and the only one I had ever seen IRL. The doors were hinged in the front, so obviously a NL vehicle. What I experienced while working on this van was the poor ergonomics resulting in leg contortions to get in and out of the driver’s seat.

    After reading today about the change to the door hinge points, I checked out internet photos of various HY vans and noted another change for the NL market; Citroen added a slanted raised foot pad just forward of the front wheel arch. For some reason the HY van I had worked on, no longer had the raised pad, and I figure this was the reason it was so damn hard to get in and out of!

  3. Our 1973 Citroen GS had a revolving drum speedometer, like the GSA – but the colour of the background changed to indicate the gear you should ideally be using (well, I think that was the reason…) Our three-speed semi-automatic had three colours, the four-speed manuals probably had four…

    Thinking of it, does anyone know why Mercedes cars of that era had a part of the speedometer speed range marked with red stripes?

    Speaking of M-B speedometers, I remember as a child being fascinated by the vertical bar ones that also changed colour!

    1. Hello David – re M-B speedometers, the white and red ‘barber’s pole’ marking is for the 50 kph speed limit (there’s sometimes one at 30 kph, too).

      Later, manual cars without tachometers got 1, 2 and 3 small horizontal lines in orange to show maximum speeds in the first 3 gears.

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