Are You a True Car Buff?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

With any interest, there are casual followers, and then there are the true fans. The buffs. The aficionados. It is no different with automobiles. The car has been around a long time, and with every generation of car, new technologies, new aesthetics, and new priorities surface. For example, back in the 1960s, 300 horsepower was a lot of horsepower. Today, that's just par for the course in a midrange executive sedan. A 0-60 time of 8 seconds was very respectable in the 1970s and even the 1980s, but you can get that with a family minivan, today.

To call oneself a true car buff, one must know not only the technical specs on cars, but a bit about the aesthetic trends and design terminology. One must know the auto industry and the history of not only how cars came into being, but how their development and manufacture affected all industries, and history itself. Most of all, one has to have certain habits, not all of them entertaining to most people, that keep one informed and up to date. Together, these are what add up to being a true car buff.

So do you think you have what it takes? Jump into this quiz and we'll let you know if you have it!

Which of these late model used cars is the best value?

What is a beltline?

What automaker used a design language referred to as flame surfacing?

Which automobile manufacturer pioneered the assembly line?

What model did General Motors export exclusively to the international market, from 1941 to 1945?

Which of these international cars did Ford never bring to the USA?

What is unique about the indicator stalks in BMWs?

What car is an affordable, carbon fiber, rear-wheel drive BMW?

What was the last RWD-only sedan made by GM and sold in the USA?

Which of these is the best off road choice?

What comedian totaled a McLaren F1 supercar right after talking about how easy it was to drive?

What do car designers build full scale models out of before building a full size prototype?

What is the name of the phenomenon resulting from running over a 2x4 at highway speed in a Jeep Wrangler?

What do you want in a car, in a drag race?

What is the main performance advantage of electric cars?

What components would a driver notice that BMWs and Minis share?

Why are C pillars so darn thick on new cars and SUVs?

What is the fine distinction between SUV and crossover?

What is the main performance weakness of today's electric cars?

What will happen to your gas-powered car if you put a gallon of diesel fuel in it?

What do you want for your car when you have to drive in a blizzard?

What is your favorite style of car?

What is your favorite kind of transmission to drive for fun?

What is your favorite kind of transmission to drive every day, rain or shine?

What is the most neglected repair you should make?

Which of the following could you not live without?

How much horsepower do you reasonably need in an average-sized sedan?

What unusual technical detail of Audis can only be enjoyed by people sitting in the front?

What was the Ford Mondeo called in the USA?

What is the performance division of Volvo?

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