Test both your automotive knowledge and lateral thinking skills here:
1. An odd number. Why does the nominally 1.1-litre Rover K-series engine have an actual capacity of 1,119cc?
a) It was based on a three cylinder K-series developed for a Mini replacement, with an engine capacity of 848cc.
b) To avoid a speed restriction imposed on sub-1100cc cars using Swiss and Austrian autobahns.
c) Because of an incorrect annotation on a production drawing.
d) To use up a large overstock of pistons intended for the discontinued S-series engine.
2. Time for ‘T’. which of the following are NOT Volkswagens?
3. The Cryptic Six. The solutions are all car-related:
a) Donovan, deranged, shapes Audis (6).
b) Standard sending forms, without delay initially (6).
c) Old Riley, re-worked back to front, now mid-engined (6)
d) Saloon, attractive, swaps chip for the beginning of the end (8)
e) Game over in league, stuffing knocked out (8).
f) Reportedly remove skin of fruit (4).
4. Naked Attraction: four unclad cars. What are they with their clothes on?
5. Odd Car Out: which is the misfit, and why?
6. Who is this? Which major figure in the German automobile industry is commemorated by this statue?
a) Carl Borgward
b) Hans Glas
c) Fritz von Opel
d) Felix Wankel
7. What is wrong with this? From Car Magazine, May 1971.