Can You Identify These Car Logos in Black and White?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Come rain or shine, or even snow and other terrible weather conditions, there are always hundreds of thousands, wait - make that millions of cars on the road each day around the globe.

These come from every type of car class there is - sedans, convertibles, roadsters, sport utility vehicles, multi-purpose vehicles, pickups, crossovers, trucks ... you name it, and its driving somewhere!

And what would we do without them? In fact, can you imagine life without the motor vehicle? Somehow, before the 1890s, our forefathers got by but I am not sure how! Now, when our cars are out of commission, we simply cannot wait to have them back. And do you know the most important thing they give us? It is freedom. That's why we love our cars so much, yes even that old rusted-up jalopy!.

So let's see how good your knowledge of cars and car brands is with this slightly different quiz. Today, we are going to see if you can identify car brands from the car logo associated with them. 

Yes, you see them all day while sitting in traffic but do you see them in black and white? That might just make things a little more difficult, don't you think?

Good luck!

BMW, founded in 1916, first produced aircraft engines until 1923. Their first vehicles in the form of motorcycles and then cars were introduced in 1927, although they were license- built from Austin. The first BMW designed and produced by the company was released in 1932 and was named the 3/20. Today, they are on of the top manufacturers in the world.

Swiss auto engineer Louis Chevrolet, also a successful racing driver, and William Durant formed Chevrolet in 1911. The famous Chevy logo followed two years later as the company begin to establish itself as a worthy opponent to Ford.

One of the most famous motoring brands in the world, Ford was established by Henry Ford in 1903.

Rolls Royce Limited was a company formed by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce in 1904. Soon, they were manufacturing "the best car in the world." Rolls Royce models today are still famed for their luxury.

Chrysler, formed in 1925, has played a significant part in the history of American motoring, forming part of the Big Three along with Ford and Chevrolet. Now part of the FIAT group, Chrysler has made some eye-catching models throughout their history.

Andre Peugeot designed his first vehicle in 1889 in the form of a steam-driven 3-wheeler. In 1896, he formed Société des Automobiles Peugeot and started building gas-driven cars. And Peugeot has made some iconic cars over the years.

Founded in 1910, Alfa Romeo was formed by Ugo Stella in Milan. Alfa makes some of the most beautiful cars ever conceived.

Although they have a rich history in other industries before making cars, Toyota’s car manufacturing started after World War II in 1947 when they released their first vehicle, the Toyotpet. Now Toyota is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world.

The Mercedes-Benz marque had a long and colorful pre-history before it was officially named in 1926. Today it is one of the most respected car brands in the world and its luxurious models are sought after by those who can afford them.

Nissan was established in Japan in 1934 and started producing vehicles that made their way around the world after the Second World War. In 2014, they were the biggest car producer in North America.

Sadly closed in 2004, Oldsmobile was one of the world’s longest car producing firms, having started in 1897 under the guidance of Ransom E. Olds. Dropping sales and a lowering of profits saw General Motors decided to end the brand in 2004.

Volkswagen was founded in 1937 in Germany. Today, they produce a range of vehicles across all segments and own a number of other brands as well, including Audi, Bugatti and Lamborghini.

Porsche was founded in Germany in 1931. At first, Porsche only helped design cars, not build them. The Volkswagen Beetle was in fact designed by Ferdinand Porsche. After the Second World War, Porsche started producing sports cars, for which they became famous.

Formed in 1922 by Sir William Lyons and William Walmsley, the Swallow Sidecar Company was the forerunner to Jaguar. Under the name SS Jaguar, the company started producing two models, the SS 90 and SS 100.

Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, or Fiat, was producing cars from the turn of the last century. Their first model was available in 1901, the 4HP.

The Lincoln motor company was formed by Henry Leland in 1917. It was sold to Ford five years later with Edsel Ford, the son of Henry Ford, given control of the company. Lincoln was positioned above Ford, notably selling more luxurious vehicles.

Buick formed in 1897, making it the oldest vehicle manufacturer in the United States. In 1909, the company joined with the General Motors group, a partnership that lives on to this day.

The luxury brand from Japanese automaker Honda, Acura was formed in 1986 with the specific aim of selling vehicles in the United States and Canada. The brand has rolled out to other parts of the world since.

The MG brand was started in 1924 by Cecil Kimber. Strangely, he chose the name as a nod to his employer William Morris, owner of Morris Garages. Soon, MG’s became known as affordable performance cars.

Known now for their sports cars, Aston Martin was formed as far back as 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. They produced their first car in 1915.

Cadillac is one of the oldest vehicle manufacturers in the United States and formed in 1902. It is part of the General Motors group.

Dodge was initially founded as the Dodge Brothers Company in 1900. It became part of the Chrysler group in 1928 and today falls under the FIAT group.

One of the most well-known sports car makers in the world, 1947 is the date usually associated with the formation of the brand, although Enzo Ferrari had built his first car in the early 1940s under his own name.

The first Land Rover was designed by Maurice Wilks in 1947. Interestingly, the Land Rover company has only existed since 1978.

Formed in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1927, Volvo is now a major truck manufacturer. The division that made vehicles was sold off to Ford in 1999, which in turn sold the brand to Chinese auto manufacturer Geely in 2010.

Italian sports car marque Lamborghini was formed in 1963. It is now owned by the Volkswagen group.

Sadly now discontinued, Saturn was a division of General Motors formed in 1985 as a way to produce smaller models to provide competition for Japanese brands entering the United States. General Motors closed the brand down in 2010 after a sale to Penske fell through.

Founder JK Starley, founder of Rover, designed an early electric car in 1888 but this never went into production. The Rover 8, the first car produced by the company, saw the light of day in 1904. Over the years, Rover has produced a range of different cars. Their P6, produced in the ‘60s and ‘70s, was the very first car to win the European Car of the Year award in 1964.

In the top 10 of automakers in the world by volume sold, Renault was established in 1899 and make a range of models.

Pontiac, founded in 1926, initially started in the General Motors stable as the companion of another brand, Oakland. Pontiac went on to outperform its sister brand and became very popular in the United States, particularly in the ‘60s. Sadly, popularity faded and General Motors made Pontiac defunct in 2010.

British motor vehicle manufacturer Lotus was established in 1952 by Colin Chapman. Lotus vehicles are sought after and are known for not only their performance, but their handling as well.

Initially known as Toyo Cork Kogyo Company, Mazda was established in 1920 and first produced auto-rickshaws. By the 1960s, Mazda was importing vehicles into the United States and in 2015, over 1.5 million vehicles were built worldwide.

The luxury brand from Japanese automaker Nissan, Infiniti was formed in 1989 with the specific aim of selling vehicles in the United States and Canada. The brand is not found in Japan at all.

Spanish auto manufacturer SEAT was first established in 1950 but is now owned by Toyota.

German auto manufactur Opel produced its first vehicle in 1899 after the company was originally started by Adam Opel in the 1860s, making sowing machines and then bicycles. Opel formed part of the General Motors brand until 2017 when it was sold to Groupe PSA.

Produced by Chrysler, Plymouth originated as a brand of automobiles in 1928. 73 years later, Plymouth sadly went out of business after sales dropped significantly during the 1990s.

The luxury brand from Japanese automaker Toyota, Lexus was formed in 1989. Lexus models are marketed worldwide and in over 70 countries.

British sports car manufacturer Austin Healey was established in 1952. One of the first models it produced was the 100.

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