Can You Identify All of These Restored Classic Cars?
By: Robin Tyler
About This Quiz
The hobby of collecting and restoring classic cars is stronger than ever. While top-tier classics like certain Ferraris can cost millions of dollars, you can get into the hobby for far less with cars like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Chevelle, Triumph TR6, Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and many others.
Many people buy a classic car to relive a part of their youth, choosing a model they may have owned in their 20s. Others enjoy the opportunity to buy a car, restore it and sell it for a profit.
It’s not hard to find the classic car of your dreams. You’ll find them at auctions happening all year long. You can buy classic cars on eBay and other online sites. There are even classic car dealers that stock many restored models and can even arrange financing for them. What were the favorite cars of your youth? For some, it was cars of the 1950s. Others gravitate toward the 1960s models, which are generally better to drive than the earlier models. Today, even some cars of the early 1990s are considered classics. Imagine that – the first Camaro IROC-Z is more than 30 years old!
You won't find 1990s cars in this quiz, but you have a chance to identify 40 models from the 1930s to the 1970s. So rev up your memories and dig in. Good luck!
Can you identify this iconic restored muscle car from the 1960s?
Pontiac produced some iconic models, perhaps none more so than its GTO. The first model, released in 1964, was available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe. A 1967 model is shown.
This muscle coupe is worth quite a bit when restored. Can you name it?
Motorosity Via YouTube
By the late 1960s, Ford’s popular Mustang had grown a bit larger and offered impressive muscle car versions. This is a 1970 Mach 1, which could be had with the powerful 428 Cobra Jet V8 engine.
Do you recognize this restored classic sports car?
auto imagen via youtube
Porsche built its first production model, the 356, from 1948 through 1965, even as its successor, the 911, was already in production. Some 76,000 were made.
Can you name this muscled-up restored coupe?
Jay Leno's Garage via youtube
Plymouth’s first Barracuda beat the Ford Mustang to showrooms by just a few weeks in spring 1964, but the Mustang vastly outsold it. The second-generation Barracuda design for 1967-1969, shown here, offered muscle car V8 engine options and was popular for customizing, like this one.
These little sedans aren’t worth much, but some fans still like to restore them. What is it?
RegularCars via youtube
Ford introduced the Falcon for 1960 as a low-priced, low-frills economy car. Some sporty versions appeared after 1962, including the V8-powered Sprint. The car pictured, though, is the base low-line sedan from 1960.
The brand disappeared some years ago, but this was once its best-selling model. What is it?
Wiki Commons via Bull-Doser
Established in 1897 by Ransom E. Olds, Oldsmobile became part of General Motors, which shut it down in 2004. The Cutlass, introduced in the early ’60s, became one of its most popular models by the early 1970s.
The sassy coupe, an often forgotten classic, is a ___________.
Lou Costabile via YouTube
The 1962-1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk was the final version of a coupe that debuted in 1953. Designer Brooks Stevens creatively repurposed the older body shell, deleting the tailfins and gaudy trim of the late-1950s models.
Can you name this beautiful restored luxury coupe?
MyRod.com via Youtube
With the 1963-1965 Riviera, Buick aimed at a European style for a luxurious and powerful American coupe. For 1965, the 1965 Riviera added a Gran Sport model (shown), melding performance and luxury.
This sporty late 1960s American coupe was once fairly common, but finding some parts for restoration today can be difficult. What is it?
Hagerty via youtube
Ford’s Mercury Division built mainly large sedans, coupes, convertibles and wagons in the 1960s, but for 1967 introduced the Cougar sport coupe. The Cougar was based on the Mustang chassis, but slightly larger for more interior room and comfort. Muscle car engine options were available.
Can you identify this lesser-known muscle car?
By CZmarlin — Christopher Ziemnowicz, releases all rights but a photo credit would be nice if this image is used anywhere other than Wikipedia., from Wikimedia Commons
Produced by American Motors Corporation between 1968 and 1970, the AMX was a two-seat offshoot of the company’s larger Javelin sport coupe. Its V8 engine came in 290, 343, 360 and 390 cubic-inch versions, all with a four-barrel carburetor.
Who wouldn't want to restore this stunning roadster? Can you name it?
Youtube via Jamboolio
Chevrolet introduced the first Corvette in 1953, and this first-generation model, today known as the “C1,” continued until 1962. This version was made from 1958-1960.
This British sports car is a __________.
WikiCommons via Sicnag
Available as a roadster or coupe, the MGA was extremely popular outside Britain with more than 95 percent of the more than 100,000 built between 1955 and 1962 exported. Its successor was called, not surprisingly, the MGB.
This classic is undergoing restoration work. Can you name it?
Kirk Lindberg via youtube
Ford replaced its hugely successful but crude Model T with the Model A in early 1928 and by summer 1929 had sold one million.
Introduced in 1970, this second-generation of a popular American sport coupe was built with the same basic body through 1981. What is it?
WikiCommons via Greg Gjerdingen
Chevrolet introduced the first Camaro for 1967 and in 1970 brought out a far different looking second-gen model with a design inspired by early 1960s Ferraris. Favorites to restore include the Z/28 and SS performance versions.
This luxury model has been popular to restore for decades. Do you know what it is?
Saabkyle04 via Youtube
The Series 62 was Cadillac’s base model in the 1950s, available in coupe, convertible or sedan styles. This is the 1957 version, which had a more subdued style compared to the 1958 and iconic 1959 models.
Here’s yet another muscle car that enthusiasts love to restore. Can you name it?
Jamboolio via YouTube
Dodge jumped into the “ponycar” segment with the 1970 Challenger, which had a corporate virtual twin in the third-generation Plymouth Barracuda. Both were mechanically identical but with different styling. The top engine for 1970-1971 was the 425-horsepower, 426 cubic-inch “Hemi” V8.
This 1960 model has been popular with restorers for decades. Do you know it?
Lou Costabile VIA YouTube
Chevrolet introduced the Impala in 1958 as an upgrade trim level on the Bel Air, and it became an independent model the following year. This is the 1960 version. The top engine option that year was a 348 cubic-inch V8 with three two-barrel carburetors and making 355 horsepower.
And to end, this European a sports car is considered an icon. The first generation models are particularly sought after to collect and restore. What is it?
Hagerty via YouTube
The most famous Porsche of them all, the 911was introduced by the German carmaker in 1963 and remains a staple of its model line today, albeit in a far more advanced and powerful form than the early cars.
It’s such a glamorous looking convertible. What is it?
Lou Costabile via youtube
Ford introduced the Thunderbird in 1955 as a two-seat “personal car.” For 1958, it grew into a larger four-seat luxury model and became even more popular. The 1960s versions, like this 1966, have gained popularity with collectors and restorers.
This sporty European car became quite popular in America. Can you name it?
Theo via Wiki Commons
Built from 1955-1974, the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia got its name from Ghia, the Italian firm that designed the body, and Karmann, the German company that built it for Volkswagen. It shared most of its chassis and mechanical parts with the VW Beetle economy car. More than 400,000 were made.
It’s not difficult to find one of these classic muscle cars to restore. What is it?
WikiCommons via Sicnag
One of Chevrolet’s most successful models, the Chevelle was produced between 1964 and 1977. The SS versions are particularly popular with collectors and restorers, such as this1970 version. The most powerful V8 engine available for that year – and that year only – was the 454 cubic-inch “LS6” with 450 horsepower.
This car became very famous in a 1970s hit movie. Do you know the model?
Vanguard Motor Sales VIA YouTube
Pontiac tried to compete in the Trans-Am road racing series against its corporate cousin, the Chevy Camaro, along with the Ford Mustang, AMC Javelin and others. Its engine, however, was uncompetitive. That didn't stop Pontiac from licensing the “Trans-Am” name for its top Firebird street performance car. This is an early-’70s version.
With so many of this classic British roadster produced, and many now restored, surely you've seen one and know it.
Nick Murray via youtube
British sports car maker Triumph introduced its TR-6 model in 1969 and went on to make more than 90,000 of them through 1976. And, more than 90 percent of those were exported, with most coming to the U.S. The TR-6 was powered by a 2.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine.
Some call it a muscle car, but this was really a big luxury touring coupe with a 300-horsepower V8. Do you know it?
VV Productions via youtube
Chrysler introduced its C-300 in 1955 as a kind of American interpretation of the Bentley R-Type Continental, but with a lot more power. Its 331 cubic-inch (5.4-liter) hemi-head V8 produced a claimed 300 horsepower, hence the model name. The 1956 model was called, oddly, 300B, followed in 1957 by the 300C – the first two of the company’s so-called “300 Letter Cars.”
This big beauty had looks and muscle. What is it?
Darkhelmet322 at English Wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons
Pontiac used the Grand Prix name from 1962 to 2008, but it made a convertible for one year only, 1967 (shown.) So if you find one in good shape, you might want to restore it.
Do you recognize this European sports coupe?
Youtube via TheSmokingTire
Volvo introduced its P1800 sports coupe in 1961, with the design done by a Swede but looking quite Italian. More than 39,000 coupes were built through 1972. The model became famous quickly for its role in the popular TV series, “The Saint,” starring Roger Moore. The car was redesigned as an attractive sport wagon for 1973 and 1974, called 1800ES.
If you find one of these rare racecars for sale, it will cost you several million dollars. Do you know it?
Classic Car Club Manhattan via youtube
The Ford GT40 Mk. II won the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race impressively in 1966, sweeping the first three places. A different version, the Mk. IV, won in 1967, and the Mk. II versions won again in 1968 and 1969. This historic racer inspired Ford to issue the modern GT road car in 2005, and then a successor in 2017.
This inexpensive and popular British roadster was made from 1962-1980, and getting parts for a restoration is relatively easy. Can you name the model?
Triumph’s tiny Spitfire roadster was designed by an Italian, Giovanni Michelotti, and named for a WWII fighter plane. Its final form, the Spitfire 1500, made just 53 horsepower from a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and took 16 seconds to go from 0-60 mph.
The sports car in this image is the _____________.
The Alfa Romeo Spider, introduced in 1966 gained fame the following year in the movie, “The Graduate,” staring Dustin Hoffmann and Katherine Ross. Restorers prefer this early version to the 1970s models, which had larger bumpers to meet safety standards. The Spider was made until 1993.
Here’s another British sports car from the same period. Can you name it?
SUPERCARCLASSICS via youtube
Replacing a model called the 100-6, the Austin-Healey 3000 was essentially a slightly larger version of that car, with a 2.9-liter straight-6 engine. It was made from 1959 to 1967, with most exported to the U.S.
The brand on this big tailfinned sedan went defunct many years ago. What’s the car?
Chrysler’s DeSoto division, started in 1928, eventually became just a rebadged Chrysler, like this 1960 model, and sales tanked. Chrysler dropped DeSoto in 1961.
Identify this 1950s restorer's dream.
Wiki Commons via Greg Gjerdingen
While many think of the 1957 Chevy Bel Air as the most iconic, the early 1950s models are popular with restorers and customizers. This first generation of the Bel Air didn’t have a V8 engine but was powered by a straight-six.
This British sports car maker is still in business, making cars that look 60 years old. Can you name this model, first produced in 1950?
British sports car maker Morgan Motor Company, which began building three-wheeled roadsters powered by motorcycle engines in 1911, introduced its first four-wheel model, the 4/4, in 1936. The +4 model arrived for 1950, still with the pre-war design, and still made with wood framing. Morgan is still at it, making 1940s-looking sports cars but with modern BMW engines.
Would you want to restore this tiny European model? Do you even know what it is?
Niels de Wit from Lunteren, The Netherlands via Wiki Commons
Introduced in 1955, the Fiat 600 was the Italian carmaker’s first rear-engine car, preceding the even smaller 500 by two years. Barely 11 feet long, the 600 was powered by a 633cc water-cooled two-cylinder engine making – wait for it – 29 horsepower. Good thing it weighed just 1,300 pounds.
This 1950s microcar was made by one of today’s top brands. Do you know it?
2stroketurbo via Youtube
Hardly an “Ultimate Driving Machine,” BMW’s late-1950s 600 model was essentially a larger, four-seat version of its two-seat Isetta microcar. Power for this 1,100-pound car came from a 582cc, 2-cylinder BMW motorcycle engine.
More than 100,000 of this vehicle were built in the 1960s and '70s. Can you identify it?
allen watkin via Wiki Commons
MG sold more than sports cars. The MG 1100 sedan introduced in 1963 was built until 1974. It used a sophisticated front-wheel drive chassis with four-wheel independent suspension system and was powered by a 1,100cc four-cylinder engine making 55 horsepower. MG sold the 1100 in the U.S. for a few years.
Car fanatics just love restoring this rare, lightweight British sports car. What is it?
WikiCommons via Andrew Bone
Made between 1958 and 1963, the Lotus Elite is another beautiful British sports car. Powered by a 1.2-liter 4 cylinder engine making 75 horsepower (or up to 100 hp in racing guise), the Elite was extremely light, weighing just over 1,100 pounds (500 kg). Just over 1,000 were built.
This mysterious “barn find” will likely be restored. Do you know what it is?
TheExStig VIA YouTube
Bugatti built only 17 of the stunning 57S Atalante Coupe model. This one is not restored, but was rather stored in original condition for decades by its second owner. It sold at auction in 2009 for an incredible $4.4 million.
Do you recognize this restored classic 1950s American luxury sedan?
GatewayClassicCars VIA Youtube
Available as a coupe, convertible and four-door sedan, the Lincoln Cosmopolitan was produced 1949 and 1954, in two distinct body styles. This is the earlier style, made from 1949-1951, which was powered by a 337 cubic inch “flathead” V8 engine.
This is one of the earliest models from a longstanding American car maker. What is it?
Youtube via Staten Island Advance
One of the earliest Cadillac models, the Model Thirty was produced between 1909 and 1911. It was the first model in the United States to offer a closed body, although that model is not shown.
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