Travel back through time with this auto quiz



Mario Andretti is one of three drivers in history to have won races on pave ovals, road courses and dirt tracks.


Are you a walking encyclopedia of automotive information? Do you like to show your smarts in front of your friends and family?


Here are five tough car questions to test your memory of motoring. The history of the auto industry is long and glorious, marked by important people, events and innovations. Awe everyone with your ability. Wow hen with your wisdom. Dig in to this collection of stumpers:

1. In 1950, this car company opened its first American office and introduced the sporty Karmann Ghia coupe. Do you know the company?

2. This American-made car, nicknamed “King of the Hill,” boasted 405 hp and a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph). What was it?

3. This race-car driver made his debut in 1959 driving his own 1948 Hudson to victory at the Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania. Although most remembered by his success in Indy racing or his Formula One Championship, he actually started out as a stock car racer, winning the Daytona 500 in 1967. Who is he?

4. When Mercedes-Benz and Daimler merged in 1926, the two companies combined their logos: Daimler provided the three-pointed star and Mercedes contributed its laurel wreath. What is the significance of the star?

5. In the classic film caper The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine, a team of thieves hatch a scheme to steal gold bullion in Italy. The gold is loaded into three of these souped-up British cars, which then take off on planned escape routes, making fools of the pursuing police. Do you know what the getaway cars were?

The Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 was the fastest production Corvette ever built.

Trivia Answers

1. Volkswagen. The Kar­mann Ghia enjoyed great success in the United States.

2. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. Only 6,939 were produced between 1990 and ‘95. It was the fastest production Corvette ever built.

3. Mario Andretti. Andretti is one of only three drivers in history to have won races on paved ovals, road courses, and dirt tracks in a single season and only the second to win the Daytona 500 and Indy 500.

4. The three points of the star indicate that Daimler provided engines for three uses: Cars, boats and aircrafts.

5. The getaway cars were a red, white and blue modified Mini Cooper S, which were all destroyed while filming the movie.