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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: Nov 27, 2014 6:21:14 PM

Okay, we've got to get this game restarted! (Sort of like a car you've let sit out too long in the cold without starting it occasionally.)

Which company offered a vehicle called the "Tuxedo Park Mark IV"?

Hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic--and your computers are functioning!

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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 8:03:47 PM

Not sure if the computers have all gone haywiere or if I've grabbed a question from the too-tough box, but let me give you the answer:

In 1969 most all intermediate GM wagons and all the full-sizers went one step beyond Ford's Magic Doorgate 1.0. The "swing-gate" models, as referred to by some GM publicists, featured a notch cut into the lower right-hand section of the rear bumper that opened when you used the door as a tailgate. This feature ran through the 1970 model year on the GM B-body wagons (full-sizers) and through 1972 on the A-bodies.

Chevrolet advertising proclaimed these models as "Walk-In Wagpms," since you could walk through the door, turn around and duck your head gracefully to enter the rear-facing third seat.

Only trouble was the Olds Vista-Cruiser still had a forward-facing third seat that year and it didn't work too well....

Will look for a new question tomorrow...
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 7:48:20 AM

Don't know if the oomputer gremlins are actin' up, but I'll give you a hint on the last question:

During this time period, Chevrolet called vehicles equipped this way "the Walk-In Wagons."
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2014 8:18:09 PM

Hope you get your computer gremlins fixed, ms...

I'll go ahead and give the answer since it ran a little longer than I thought. From 1960 through 1966-67, three-seet Rambler/AMC station wagons used a left-hinged door instead of a drop-down tailgate. It made it easier for the rear-facing third-seat passengers to scramble in and out, but the door could not be used if you needed to haul, say, a sheet of plywood home from the local lumber yard.

The solution came in 1966, when Ford introduced the two-way Magic Doorgate, which every other carmaker copied by 1969.

Here's the new question:

What was unusual about the doorgates on 1969-70 full-size Chevy and Pontiac station wagons, as well as the 1970 Buick Estate Wagon and the 1969-1972 Chevelle, Pontiac Tempest/LeMans, Oldsmovile Cutlass/Vista Cruiser and Buick Sportwagons?
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2014 3:16:24 PM

My guess would be the design of the latch which opens the tailgate. Having problems with my computer, don't know when I'll be back...
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2014 12:38:35 PM

Time for a hint: This was a problem Ford successfully solved by 1966, and AMC switched to this solution (as did everyone else) by 1969!
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2014 10:31:24 PM

You're following an early 1960's Rambler Classic (or Ambassador) station wagon on its way to an American Motors Owners car show. You can't see into the back of the car, but you can tell this Rambler is a three-seat station wagon in seconds.

How? In other words, what's the outside difference between a two-seat Rambler station wagon and a three-seat Rambler station wagon built between 1960 and 1966?
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2014 9:29:46 PM

Good answer, Bongobro! That Audi engine made for a very slow Gremlin and about the only thing good about having that engine was because it was lighter, the weight distribution was better and made for better handling.

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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2014 7:13:45 PM

Not quite! In 1976, since AMC didn't have a four-cylinder engine, they contracted with Audi for a 2.0-liter mill to put under the hood of the Gremlin. The Audi engine had an extremely rough idle, so AMC had to invest in super-soft engine mounts to make the NVH level acceptable in the Gremlin--and as Patrick Foster wryly noted in AMC: THE LAST INDEPENDENT, anyone who poked their head under the hood of a four-cylinder Gremlin with the Audi engine idling would be concerned "about all that rocking going on the under the hood."

And to make it worse, this "economy engine" cost more to produce to than the AMC 232 Six--so it was available on the 1976 Gremlin Custom, so you'd be paying more for economy! The base-model Gtemlin had the big AMC six, instead!

And, after the Gremlin was renamed the Spirit in 1979, the Pontiac "Iron Duke" 151 engine was offered, but it was never available in the Gremlin.
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2014 6:11:03 PM

GM (Pontiac)
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2014 1:07:02 PM

The Gremlin was offered with some engine choices during its life, one being a four cylinder. Who supplied this engine to AMC?
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5:18:18 AM

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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 9:39:23 AM

And so it is. Based on the Hornet, the Gremlin was produced until 1978 (and was renamed and re-positioned as the Spirit through the 1982 model year).

Next up, boxdriver!
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 2:30:29 PM

The AMC Gremlin comes to mind.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 11:08:38 PM

boxdriver, I just "pulled a Gloria." Let me explain. Years ago in my radio days, we had a trivia contest where we asked questions not too far removed from what we're doin' here...And we had a lady who hemmed and hawed and fumbled and stumbled around trying to find an answer a question...and invariably she would come up with the right answer to the question! Her name, bless her heart, was Gloria...and darn it, that's exactly what I did!

Now to our next question:

April once seemed to be the big month to introduce half-year models, or models for the next model year (as the 1965 Mustang being launched in April of '64).

What American car made its debut on April Fools Day (April 1), 1970?
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 4:50:20 AM

Yep,the 1952 Mercedes SL 300
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 11:22:26 AM

Since VW made nothing but boxer engines until well into the '60s, and it's not BMW...This is a desperate stab in the dark, but could it have been Mercedes?
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 5:03:38 AM

Right country,wrong company
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2014 6:28:52 PM

I did some research and I thought I'd seen something about BMW adapting a four-cylinder engine to an inclined-six design, but I thought that was after the Chrysler developments!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2014 5:00:54 AM

Hint, Not a American product
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 7:28:47 PM

Not quite. The XNR used a souped-up Valiant Slant Six and came out after the Valiant....
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 1:28:20 PM

Plymouth XNR?
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 4:18:26 AM

hint. it was a 2 seater
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 4:20:51 AM

Chrysler's slant six was famous,(I had one),But according to Mecum,It wasn't the first
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 11:15:15 AM

The Chrysler Slant Six was originally engineerd for the 1960 Valiant (not PLYMOUTH Valiant. That didn't occur until 1961, since Valiant was a separate make only in 1960--the first Valiant ads read "this is nobody's kid brother.") The 170-cubic inch engine was able to fit under the lowered hood of the Valiant, and the 225-cubic inch version that followed powered replaced the ancient flathead six in 1960 Plymouths and Dodge Darts.
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 5:20:02 AM

Which car featured the first slant six engine ?
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 2:13:03 PM

Correct! Your turn, boxdriver!
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 5:20:37 AM

Studebakers
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2014 6:49:32 PM

In 1942, the Army Corps of Engineers built the Alcan Highway. Which make of truck did they use?
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2014 4:23:05 PM

Wow, that was fast! Your turn to throw out the next question!

(Nash's LeMans Dual Jetfire engine was developed independently of, but was quite similar to, the Hudson "Twin-H-Power" performance engine. Both featured dual carburetors and dual intake manifolds. And the LeMans engine was not too far removed from the souped-up Ambassador engine used in the Nash-Healey.)
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 10:26:22 PM

Nash had a six cylinder engine the called LeMans
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 4:28:17 PM

Being a Pontiac fan, you would expect me to throw out a question about mid-size Tempests with that answer...(LOL)...but not this time! Another make of car used the name "LeMans" to describe an optional engine on some of its models during the 1950's. Name it.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2014 9:38:01 PM

That answer, my friend, earns you another cigar!

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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 5:21:28 PM

"See the light...FORD has a better idea." While the tag line appeared as early as 1966, the iconic light bulb began appearing with the 1968 models, and, in fact, was still glowing as late as 1980.

(When I was working at a radio newscaster circa 1979. I remember seeing a story about an Illinois Ford dealer who was using a hot-air balloon in the shape of the light bulb to promote the new Fairmonts, Mustang IIs, LTDs, etc....only to have the balloon go up, up, and away...never to be seen again! Not the brightest idea in the dealer's book!)
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 2:41:54 PM

I remember that tiger theme very well. In fact, I had Tiger Paws on my hot rod.

Which car was advertised using a light bulb?
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 5:14:36 PM

Not quite, but I'm giving you a cigar for that one! I had forgotten the Firehawk was the high-performance Firebird during the 1980s and '90s...and it's as valid as the answer I'd been seeking. In 1965 and 1966, Pontiac used the "tiger" theme to advertise its high-performance GTO and 2+2 models, so U. S. Royal (later Uniroyal) worked with Pontiac engineers to create the red-striped tires that appeared on many a GTO back in the day... They were introduced to the general public in commercials featuring a jazzy drum soundtrack played by Shelly Manne--and a cartoon tiger that looked suspiciously like a 1964 GTO...with the brand name "Tiger Paws."

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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 2:25:40 AM

If I understand this question correctly, it might be the Firehawk made by Firestone, the name coming from the Pontiac Firebird Firehawk
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 2:39:23 PM

The mascot for what 1960's line of high-performance cars also gave its name to the high-performance tires used on one of this make's best-known models?
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 12:58:49 PM

Great answer! Another panatela for Bongobro!

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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2014 10:09:35 PM

"Whatever you drive, drive a Seiberling." Not quite the pizazz of "Whatever you drive, drive a Firestone," but the last Seiberling tires built in the U. S. were actually made by Firestone, which itself has been absorbed into Bridgestone. According to Wikipedia, Seiberling tires today are sold in other parts of the world as a "cheaper, second-class type of tire in selected sizes."

A far and desperate cry from its longtime slogan..."A Name You Can Trust in Rubber."
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2014 11:50:54 AM

Back to the tire Q...now that we know Seiberling founded the Goodyear company...which tire company was the last to build Seiberling branded tires?
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 7:34:35 PM

You certainly know your numbers! Congrats! And you get to pick th next question!
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 1:49:01 PM

If the D500 was a power package, the D501 would be the factory race car. It came with the 354 hemi from the Chrysler 300 in place of the normal 325 and a bunch of goodies to make it able to go fast and stop less slow.

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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2014 7:36:40 PM

For many years, Dodge offered what was called the D-500 power package for its full-size cars (guess you could call them the GTO's of the '50s). In 1957, there was a D-501 package offered on Coronet club sedans and convertibles. What was the big difference between the D-500 and the D-501?
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2014 2:59:14 PM

Kerrect! Kids today might not know there was a Seiberling tire and would have picked the wrong individual.

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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 6:16:57 PM

Strange as it sounds, considering that I grew up hearing "year after year, for (fill-in-the-blank) consecutive years, more people ride on GOODYEAR tires than any other kind!", Charles Goodyear lived from 1800 to 1860--before the first modern car was built! While he is credited with developing the modern vulcanization process in 1835, it was Frank Seiberling who founded the Goodyear Tire and Rubber company in 1898--nearly 40 years after Goodyear's death!

(I also remember seeing those two-page ads in LIFE magazine showing a cavalcade of cars from 1900 to the current model year, showing cars that were originally built with Goodyear tires--now THAT really dates me, doesn't it?)
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 1:47:36 PM

Which of the following people did not work in the tire industry?

Harvey Firestone
Frank Seiberling
Charles Goodyear
Andre Michelin
Giovanni Battista Pirelli
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 5:30:11 PM

You're correct AND you're right! Interesting that the former Lincoln-Mercury Division has repositioned itself with the original name of Leland's old concern, "The Lincoln Motor Company," in the past year or two!

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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 6:20:16 PM

I deliberately left off the founding of Lincoln, thinking you might ask that one!
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 9:32:54 AM

Take a second look at my answer to the Cadillac question. As I (correctly) implied, Henry Leland not only developed the Cadillac, but also its major American competitor in the luxury field...a company that has reverted to the original name Henry Leland gave it when it was founded nearly 100 years ago...

So name it!
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