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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 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...

Good job, bro's!
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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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Which manufacturer was first to introduce a roll-down tailgate window in its station wagons? And in what year?
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YES! That's right!

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 8:49:58 AM

Nineteen fifty. In fact, the convertible (or Convertible Landau, as the Nash brochure called it) was the first modern Rambler introduced, in June of that year. The hardtop coupe followed a month later, and the iconic two-door station wagon followed in August.

The "roll-top" convertible, with its sedan-like side pillars, was discontinued in 1954. When the Rambler American convertible was introduced in 1961, it was built on the inner structure of the 1950 body and dramatically reskinned--as were all '61 Americans--but unlike the earlier model, it was a full convertible with a conventional folding top.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 1:45:35 PM

In what year was the first Rambler convertible produced?
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We'll accept that, ms. Because the federal government classified AMC Eagles as "light-duty commercial vehicles" rather than passenger cars, they weren't required to have the five-mile-per-hour bumpers their Concord and Spirit brethren wore. In fact, in its first review of the Eagle in 1980, CONSUMER REPORTS expressed concern that an Eagle could cause more damage in a low-speed collision with an automobile not only because of the lack of "recoverable" bumpers, but also because the four-wheel-drive mechanism made the car sit higher than a Concord.

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 11:16:08 PM

The 5 mph bumper didn't make it on the Eagle. It was present on the Spirit and Concord. If you look closely, you can see the bumper doesn't stick out as much on the Eagle.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2014 11:36:31 AM

Not quite. Look at the front and the back of the Eagles ...
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A model Limited
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Much was made about the American Eagle, the four-wheel drive cleverly crafted out of the Concord/Hornet/Gremlin/Spirit platform, when it debuted in full-size in 1980 and as the SX-4 for 1981.

There was one feature missing from the Eagles that was present on the Concord and Spirit. What was it--and why was it missing?
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 5:19:51 AM

Exellent answer, next question,please
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 10:16:20 AM

As quoted from an actual ad of the day:

AMERICAN MOTORS BUYER PROTECTION PLAN

1. A simple, strong warranty; just 101 words!

When you buy a new 1972 car from an American Motors dealer, American Motors Corporation guarantees to you that, except for tires, it will pay for the repair or replacement of any part it supplies that is defective in materials or workmanship. This guarantee is good for 12 months from the date the car is first used, or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. All we require is that the car be properly maintained and cared for under normal use and service in the fifty United States or Canada, and that guaramteed repairs or replacement be made by an American Motors dealer.

2. A free loaner car from almost every one of our dealers if repairs take overnight.

3. Special Trip Interruption Protection.

4. And a toll-free hot line to AMC Headquarters.

(Try, if you can, to count the words in your current car's warranty booklet!)

As Patrick Foster wrote in AMERICAN MOTORS: The Last Independent...

"The Buyer Protection Plan was one of the most talked about new features of the 1972 auto market. AMC was awarded high recognition for its pro-consumer stance, and the buying public fell in love with the whole idea. The American motorist was, by this time, getting more than just a little bit tired of the sloppy workmanship that had gradually been creeping into the many domestic dealers. They felt cheated by it and humiliated by the poor service they received at many domestic dealers. Some revolted by buying imports, and here the Japanese were harvesting new customers..."

(The caps are my additions for emphasis)

"...MANY OTHERS REVOLTED BY GOING SHOPPING, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, AT THEIR LOCAL AMC DEALERS."
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 5:15:22 AM

Name the first company to offer a 12 Month or 12,000 bumper to bumper warranty.
Bonus question: What year was it ?
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 11:29:20 AM

Ride 'em, box driver! The vehicle was another way to extend the versatile Hornet/Gremlin/Concord/Spirit/Eagle platform, but it would have been marketed as a Jeep product. It was dropped because AMC was building as many Hornets and Gremlins as they could (but I think it would have been a successful niche vehicle since Rancheros and El Caminos of the day were almost as large at their full-size predecessors of the late '50s).

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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 5:37:19 AM

Cowboy
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 4:36:12 PM

In the early 1970s, American Motors considered producing a light-duty pickup based on the Hornet/Gremlin platform. What was it called?
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 5:00:05 AM

Correct, next question,please
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