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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2006 11:53:40 PM

This could be fun!

ASK an automotive trivia question... AFTER you have answered the question above your post. Incorrect posts can be challenged, politely!

BE SURE YOU KNOW THE CORRECT ANSWER TO THE QUESTION YOU ARE ASKING. Revisit this thread to see if your question was correctly answered, if not, enter a challenge. Try not to make it too difficult so all can participate..... I'll get it started.

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NAME THE MODEL YEAR Chevrolet marketed their first Bel Air model.
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 2:12:04 PM

Sounds like the AMC AMX
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Hint #2: This car was neither a "Pacer" for performance nor did it win a "Citation" for its reliabiity...
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 8:59:08 PM

Hint #1: The prototype Ventura looked something like a 1968 Pontiac Catalina (if you squint just so!)...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 2:23:12 PM

Actually, the "Ventura" name also appeared on prototypes of another vehicle that was introduced under an entirely different name...by an entirely different company. Name it!
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 1:48:14 PM

Great answer, Bongobro! Sorry to see there won't be any more Ventura models made.

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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 8:25:41 PM

Especially since the Pontiac Ventura first appeared in 1960! Essentially, it was a Pontiac Catalina with interior trim from the Bonneville and was sold as two- and four-door hardtops for '60 amd '61. While the series disappeared in 1962, the trim didn't, as a "Ventura Custom" trim option was offered on 1963 through 1970 Catalinas, except the 2-door sedan. Models with the Ventura trim option were shown as separate models in the 1966 through 1970 models.

The Nova-clone Ventura, originally called "Ventura II," debuted for 1971; the "II" disappeared after 1972. It disappeared after 1977 when Pontiac expanded the gussied-up Phoenix series introduced at mid-year to cover the full Pontiac compact range.

(Interesting side note: The prototype for the 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix was shown with a "Ventura" name plate on the door, according to historical records.)
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 8:42:03 PM

Since Pontiac Ventura was mentioned, in what model year was the Ventura first sold? (I know you're a Pontiac guy, Bongobro, but it is kinda interesting.)
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 4:39:20 AM

That's right, nice going MS,next question please
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 6:04:21 PM

There could be a debate here. When the 1973 "N-O-V-A" compacts (Chevy Nova, new Oldsmobile Omega, Pontiac Ventura and new Buick Apollo debuted), all four of them offered two-door hatchback sedans as well as the AMC Hornet. Arguably, the Hornet is a true hatchback and not a butchered two-door as the GM X-bodies were....so we'll give this one to mullingspices since he was firstest with the mostest!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 2:21:08 PM

1973 AMC Hornet
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 5:12:23 AM

Right church,but wrong pew. :)
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 7:22:33 PM

The AMC Gremlin. The flip-up rear window on four-passenger models was technically not a door like on the '71 Vega, say, but it served as the hatch to load the rear compartment.
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 5:59:16 AM

Name the first American made compact hatchback
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 5:59:08 PM

Bingo! Next question, boxdriver!
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 5:25:30 AM

Packard !
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 7:25:35 PM

Speaking of aircraft engines, which car maker built Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engines during World War II?

[Edited by: bongobro at 9/2/2014 7:27:01 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 1:30:10 PM

Great answer! Another panatela for you.

Got another one?
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 6:40:08 PM

"When better Pratt and Whitney aircraft engines are built, Buick will build rhem." That's what, among other things, replaced Specials, Supers and Roadmasters on the Buick production lines during World War II.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 5:24:22 PM

During WWII, what did Buick build to help with the war effort?
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 6:05:04 PM

I thought the reference would to "great" would trigger something. The colonnade-style GM hardtops were to have been the 1972 models, and the Grand Am was to have been the next GTO. Slumping sales of 1970 and 1971 models made Pontiac honchos think twice about continuing the GTO as a separate series, and the 1970 GM strike pushed the intros of the colonnade hardtops to the 1973 model run. I must admit the Grand Am looked a little odd to my taste, but it beats hell out of the GTO option package they offered on the LeMans for '73, with those big chrome railroad-tie bumpers and three hood scoops (can't they count?)!

Another cigar for you, and on to the next question, please!
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 12:47:08 PM

GTO?
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 8:23:46 PM

Think of the very top of the LeMans line...
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I think it was Le Mans
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 5:58:20 PM

Not quite. Think of one of the great Pontiacs of the 1960s...
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 4:35:34 AM

Phoenix
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 6:57:37 PM

Need to get out of the Chevy showroom for a bit! The Impala 2-door post sedan was offered in 1961 and ONLY in 1961. A rare beast indeed, although Ford offered a top-line Galaxie two-door sedan the same year, as it had since 1959, and the Bel Air 2-door was the top-line sedan through 1958.

Go figure. (Imagine having an Impala SS 2-door post sedan. Technically you could order that in 1961, because the brochure depicted a four-door Impala SS 4-door hardtop sport sedan!)

Third time question:

The car that became the 1973 Pontiac Grand Am was originally designed as which Pontiac model?
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 5:17:15 AM

The popular Chevrolet Nova was introduced as the Chevy II in 1961 as a 1962 model.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 7:41:45 PM

Not quite. Try four years later. In 1961, Chevrolet offered three-seat wagons in the Brookwood (Biscayne), Parkwood (Bel Air) and Nomad (Impala) series. The year before (1960), the only three-seat station wagon Chevy offered was the Bel Air-trimmed Kingswood. Considering Ford and Plymouth offered three-seaters in their top two trim levels (Country Sedan, Country Squire, Custom Suburban and Sport Suburban), Chevy throught it would give them an edge for bargain wagon buyers.

No such luck. The three-seat Brookwood disappeared at the end of '61.

Let's try another question from the 1961 Chevrolet brochure:

Another one-year-wonder was a model that appeared for the first, last and only time in this Chevrolet series...
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 1:23:15 PM

I'm guessing 1957
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 9:10:01 AM

Hint: Prior to the year I'm looking for, Chevrolet offered only one nine-passenger station wagon--and this was the last year (at least for a while) that station wagons had different names than the car line on which it was based and trimmed....
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 9:15:01 AM

New question: In what model year did Chevrolet offer a choice of two- or three-seat station wagons in all three of its full-size series?
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 5:00:13 AM

good answer,Bongobro next question,Please
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 10:57:05 AM

1960. The tri-shield was based on the previous Buick logo; each of the colored portions of the tri-shield represented the three Buick series offered for 1960: LeSabre, Invicta and Electra. (Wonder what would have happened had they done this each time they introduced a new series???)
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 5:13:15 AM

What year did Buick start using the tri-shield emblem?
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 8:46:02 AM

I was thinkin' Ford, but box driver, Alfa Romeo had twin-ignition engines, too, back in the day. So (bongo roll goes here), we'll give the cigar to box driver...

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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 1:17:30 PM

I think Ford used it in 1989 on the Ranger and in 1991 on the Mustang four cylinder. Mercedes also used it.
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 5:31:40 AM

Alfa Romeros had double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and twin ignition.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 6:28:55 PM

While we're on the subject, at least one other car company used a twin-ignition motor during the 1980s and 1990s.

Name the make and, as a bonus, which model or models in which this engine was used.
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 1:13:54 PM

Another cigar humidor for Bongobro! The other one is full.

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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9:37:22 AM

"Twin Ignition" was the Nash terminology for vehicles with engines that had two spark plugs firing on each cylinder. A "Twin Ignition" Six had 12 spark plugs, and a "Twin Ignition" Eight had 16 spark plugs.
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 1:43:05 PM

What was "Twin Ignition"?
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 12:29:37 PM

Kee-rect! According to the Pictorial History of American Motors, Nash sent a 1941 "600" cross-country shortly before Pearl Harbor with a sign proclaiming "I'm Using One-Third Less Gasoline."

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 11:53:09 AM

The Nash 600 got its name from its ability (at least on paper 30mpg highway and 20 gallon capacity) to go 600 miles on one tank of gas!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 2:38:23 PM

Glad to hear you're OK!

Here's the next question:

Nash Motors, and later, AMC, sometimes used model numbers instead of names. One of these examples was the Nash "600," as alluded to in the previous question.

Why was the Nash "600" called the "600"?
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 2:27:11 PM

Good job! I wonder if it would have lived longer if it didn't have to be fixed.

No hurricane, but a tropical storm hit us. Damage about what's expected for the type of storm. Thanks, bongo!
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 8:59:56 AM

It is a large round cluster of instruments, with the speedometer, gauges and warning lights crammed together, mounted in a teardrop-shaped pod that resembles a 1930's headlight bucket and attached to the steering column, as seen in 1949 and 1950 Nash Ambassador and 600/Statesman models. It looked futuristic, but was hell to work on and abandoned in 1951. (Curiously, a modified Uniscope mounted in the dashboard was used on Nash Ramblers and Rambler Americans as late as 1960.)
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 2:34:13 PM

What is a Uniscope Instrument Pod?
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 8:55:49 AM

Bingo! Hopefully you'll be spared the worst of the double hurricane whammy...

Funny that Chrysler abandoned the roll-down window on the first "Forward Look" cars of 1955-56, then picked it up again in 1957.

Rambler station wagons began using the roll-down glass in 1956, followed by GM in 1959. Ford and Mercury didn't start using it until almost a decade later than Chrysler, in 1960 for Falcon and Comet, and for the big wagons until 1961!

[Edited by: bongobro at 8/7/2014 8:57:11 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 2:25:34 PM

Chrysler was the first to have the roll down tailgate window feature on its station wagons in 1951. My dad's friend had one and it was a feature he used often.
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 2:03:55 PM

Which manufacturer was first to introduce a roll-down tailgate window in its station wagons? And in what year?
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