Back at the start of March we posted a little quiz to see how well you could identify cars. Although we didn't have a winner I thought I would give the larger picture of the cars and the answers. I will come up with another contest so let me know what you want to see.
We started with the pretty iconic VW bug as a teaser question with the answer. But I admit they got harder.
Now the answers:
Discontinued in 1988 this 'classic' now sells unrestored for between $18,000 to $22,000 at auctions
Either you love it or you hate it. It signaled the beginnings of the end of the AMC company. It was the AMC Eagle and it was a polarizing as the Pontiac Aztec was later on.
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz from Wikipedia. Its literally breaking my own rule by posting someone elses picture but I can't find the ones I took - I think my camera refused to take more than 1 picture of this car.
Chevy Chase was easily distracted by this classic
If I said that the car was made famous by Tom Selleck then you would have easily guessed the Ferrari 308. It was also in the National Lampoons "Vacation" movie
This iconic vehicle was the star of movies and endless posters on bedroom walls
Most of you probably guessed it - the half window in the drivers door and the fact that it lifts up is a giveaway, its a Lamborghini Countach. In the full picture Renato is backing up the car as its supposed to be. You basically climb up on the sill and work the clutch and gas with your feet, there is almost no rear visibility.
Exported in 1954 this model was hoped to be a 'Corvette Killer'
This wasn't an easy one, I don't think I would get it if I didn't see the car in full. In 1952, Allard attempted to offer a more civilized variant of previous models it had raced on the track. Exported to America as a potential "Corvette slayer" Dodge dealers had been clamoring for, it featured one of the most powerful engines of its era, the 331 cu in Chrysler Hemi engine, fitted with a pair of 4-barrel carburetors. unfortunately it never found the market that it was looking for. In total less than 100 were built but by the mid 50's Allard was struggling to stay afloat.
Anyone who has read this blog has some idea of the enormous engine and transmission that got put back into this car.
There is a great picture of Andrew, one of our Technicians below that gives you a sense of the size of the motor and transmission.
In 1951, this air cooled 'powerhouse' boasted modern conveniences like locking doors and an ignition key. German auto magazines described it in less than flattering terms such as "Häßlichkeit und Primitivität"
Although it was called ugly and primitive by the Germans (Häßlichkeit und Primitivität) the Citroen 2CV (literally two horses in English) was built for farmers to replace horse and wagon. It had the advertised ability to drive across a plowed field with a basket of eggs in the passenger seat and not break (I assume they were referring to the eggs). Although not a powerhouse, this air cooled engine car would not only become a million seller, but also one of the few cars in history to continue a single generation in production for over four decades. Although described as an umbrella on wheels it did come wit a revolutionary new feature just developed by Michelin - the radial tire. Upgrades even included an electric start as a pull cord was used to start it prior to that.
Many people picked up on the race inspired steering wheel of the Ferrari 458. The car was so sought after by gamers playing racing sims that Thrustmaster still sells a version of it (http://www.thrustmaster.com/en_US/products/ferrari-458-spider-racing-wheel). The car itself is 'slightly' higher power than the 2CV in the previous question. (the 2CV had around 12 - the Ferrari 458...about 550HP more)
This one surprised me a bit. It was another collaboration between a British company and American powerplants, including input from Carroll Shelby. The car gained some TV appeal in the mid 60's on the popular show Get Smart.
The Sunbeam Tiger did win in its class twice in the NHRA (AHRA at the time) quarter miles with a time of 12.95 seconds and a speed of 174 km/hr
With a heavy duty suspension offered and high performance tires this classic is easily and instantly recognizable with an image that shows just slightly more.
Most people got this one, all you need to see is a bit more of the stripe and its instantly recognizable as the Dodge SuperBee
Hope you enjoyed it. As always let us know what you want to see and we will try and accommodate that.