Quiz: The Ultimate American Auto Manufacturer Quiz
The Ultimate American Auto Manufacturer Quiz
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

When you think of the American car industry, you think of names such as Henry Ford, William C. Durant, Henry M. Leland, Louis Chevrolet and Ransom E. Olds.

At the start of the 20th century, these men dared to dream. They took the fledgling American motor industry and helped turn it into a major economic contributor for the United States. Not only that but it did and still does employ thousands and thousands of people. 

Without these visionaries, where would we be?

Sadly, for all their successes, there were failures, too. And some failures came after brands had been in business for many years. For instance, Oldsmobile. It was the oldest vehicle brand in the United States, yet in 2004, after over 100 years of vehicle production, it was closed. Why? Well, it simply stopped making money. 

Some of America's finest auto manufacturers have event had to undergo a change of ownership. They are now in the hands of European masters, but still produce cars for the domestic American market.

Do you know who they are? And what else do you know about the American auto industry? Well, this quiz is going to test your knowledge. Don't dodge the questions!

Good luck!


1 of 35
When you hear the term Model T, which American car manufacturer do you think of?
2 of 35
William C. Durant was involved in a number of auto manufacturer establishments in the early 1900s including ______
3 of 35
Which vehicle produced in America was the first to be made using a primitive production line?
4 of 35
Which of these is NOT an American car brand?
5 of 35
The car model known as the Belair was made by which American car manufacturer?
6 of 35
Oldsmobile was one of the earliest vehicle manufacturers in the United States. In which year did they form?
7 of 35
Who was responsible for establishing the Oldsmobile Motor Company?
8 of 35
Which American auto manufacturer produced the first Indy 500 winner in 1911?
9 of 35
The Ford Model T revolutionized the way cars were made. In 1916, what percentage of cars in the world were Model T's?
10 of 35
In which year was Buick formed?
11 of 35
What other company did Buick go on to form in 1908?
12 of 35
Pick a country listed below where Buick makes 80% of their sales currently.
13 of 35
Of the brands listed below, which is not affiliated with General Motors?
14 of 35
From the list below, pick a brand that is part of the FIAT group's American range.
15 of 35
Any ideas as to which year the Dodge Motor Company was formed?
16 of 35
The list below includes an American sports car manufacturer first established in 1983. Can you identify them?
17 of 35
Do you know which of these Chevrolet models was introduced as a muscle car option in the 1960s?
18 of 35
Which legendary race car broke Ferrari's dominance at the Le Mans 24 endurance race in the mid-1960s?
19 of 35
The Lincoln Blackwood, a luxury pickup, was based on what vehicle?
20 of 35
This vehicle had its 15 seconds of fame in the slacker comedy, "Wayne's World". In real life, it was a massive flop. Do you know what it is?
21 of 35
Can you name the American car maker that formed part of the General Motors group but was closed in 2006?
22 of 35
Of the vehicles below, which was a convertible pickup that failed to find favor in the U.S. market?
23 of 35
Only 51 units of this car were ever made. Do you know what it is?
24 of 35
True or false. Ford was not the first motor company started by Henry Ford.
25 of 35
Before Dodge began producing automobiles, what did they make?
26 of 35
True or false: Dodge produced engine and transmission parts used on Ford Model T's.
27 of 35
Which Ford model was such a failure, it cost the company over $2 million?
28 of 35
America has a "Big 3" when it comes to car production. Which of these is not part of that select group?
29 of 35
The original Jeep used by the U.S. military was not known by that name. What was it called?
30 of 35
Chrysler was officially founded in 1925. It had been operating before that but under what name?
31 of 35
Which other car manufacturer did Chrysler purchase in 1928?
32 of 35
Tesla, a maker of electrically powered cars, released its first vehicle in 2008. What was it called?
33 of 35
A European auto manufacturer purchased Chrysler in 2014. Can you name them?
34 of 35
Jeep is currently owned by which other auto manufacturer?
35 of 35
Lincoln, the luxury division of Ford, was formed in which year?
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