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Trivia Quiz - Cars of the 1950s: Part 1

As America turned its attention away from World War II and Korea and started focusing on the space age, some of the most interesting cars of all time were being built. We've got 1950s car trivia and facts!

Quiz Number: 2968
Date Submitted: December 21, 2008
Quiz Categories: American Culture, Automotive Industry
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Author: Samurai Sam
Average Score: 57.7 percent
Times Taken: 1,380 times
Taken by Registered Users: 21

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Cars of the 1950s Part 1
(Image Source: 1957 Bel Air @ Wikimedia Commons)

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1. For most of the 1950s, Chevrolet was the car to beat, but in what two years did Ford actually outsell Chevrolet?
  A.   1950 & 1951
  B.   1955 & 1957
  C.   1957 & 1959
  D.   1953 & 1956

2. What automaker brought us the push button automatic transmission in its 1956 models?
  A.   Chrysler
  B.   General Motors
  C.   Ford
  D.   Packard

3. From 1952 to 1953, Sears sold a compact car called the Allstate through its catalog and stores. What company actually built it?
  A.   General Motors
  B.   Kaiser-Fraser
  C.   Packard
  D.   American Motors

4. The 1953 Chevrolet Corvette could be bought in any color so long as that color was what?
  A.   Polo White
  B.   Onyx Black
  C.   Arctic Blue
  D.   Aztec Copper

5. Which of the following was not a station wagon?
  A.   Edsel Villager
  B.   Rambler Cross Country
  C.   Studebaker Starlite
  D.   Buick Caballero

6. What car company tried its hand at building a compact car in 1953 with a model called the Jet?
  A.   Packard
  B.   Hudson
  C.   Edsel
  D.   Studebaker

7. Ford was the first automaker to build a retractable convertible, in which a steel top folded up and went into the trunk at the push of a button. What did Ford call this car?
  A.   Sunliner
  B.   Skyliner
  C.   Skysweep
  D.   Skyview

8. Which of the following car companies did NOT go out of business in the 1950s?
  A.   DeSoto
  B.   Hudson
  C.   Packard
  D.   Kaiser

9. What car company produced a model with a tinted plexiglass roof called the Sun Valley?
  A.   Buick
  B.   Dodge
  C.   Mercury
  D.   Packard

10. 1959 was the peak year of tailfins on cars. What make is generally considered to have had the largest tailfins of all time?
  A.   Buick
  B.   Chevrolet
  C.   Plymouth
  D.   Cadillac®   

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