Can You Identify These Old and Rare Autos from an Image?

By: Robin Tyler
Image: Staten Island Advance via Youtube

About This Quiz

Over the period of 130 years or so, the motor car has changed significantly. 

Just think of one of the first cars ever made - the Benz Autowagen. Essentially this was an open top carriage without the horses. Well, that's not strictly true. It had horses but they were of the mechanical kind!

Now compare the Benz Autowagen with a hypercar today like the LaFerrari. Well, its chalk and cheese, isn't it? Perhaps the most incredible thing is that the motor car has gone from the Autowagen to something like the LaFerrari in just over a century ... really a blink of time. Just think about that. We are sure you will agree, the evolution simply boggles the mind. 

But back to the cars from yesteryear. Even though they are fairly simple compared to today's models, there is no denying that they have a certain charm about them, as well as a beauty that modern cars don't have. And that's understandable I suppose but many people are drawn toward that. 

That's why classic models and old, rare autos are always in demand.

But would you be able to identify these old cars from a single image!

Go ahead and show us your expansive auto knowledge!

Almost instantly recognizable, the Willys Jeep was produced for American armed forces during World War II. Of course, after the war, Jeep went on to become a very successful commercial brand in its own right. Trying to get your hands on one from World War II is extremely difficult!

Volkswagen Beetles from the early 1950s are not only rare, they are highly collectible. Although the Beetle looks the same to the eye over its long production run, there were subtle changes here and there. This makes the early models collector's items.

Mini cars have a certain charm, and perhaps the most famous of them all is the Isetta. Interestingly, this was not a BMW design, but built under license. BMW built the Isetta between 1955 and 1961. To find one in good condition today is very rare.

Possibly the most iconic car even built, the Model T made vehicles affordable to the man in the street. Thanks to Henry Ford using interchangeable parts as well as using a production line to build the car, prices for the Model T were kept low enough for ordinary people to be able to buy a car. And it showed in the sales figures, with over 15 million sold from 1908 to 1927.

The original 500 came out in the 1950s, a product of Fiat in Italy. These compact cars were extremely popular at the time, but today, it is difficult to get your hands on one in a good condition.

The Briggs and Stratton Flyer was essentially a wooden bench that moved. It had no protection for the driver from the elements and no shock absorbers. By 1920, however, cars had already evolved to a point of relative comfort, so the Flyer just wasn't what the public was looking for.

Available as a 4-door convertible and sedan, a seven-year production run saw just over 2,900 models of the Twenty manufactured. It was powered by a 3.1-liter engine.

Is it a car? Is it a motorbike? Back in 1913, no one who saw James Scripps-Booth's invention was sure. Only one was ever made.

The Curved Dash Oldsmobile was released in 1901 and built till 1907. Before Ford had dreamt about his production line, Oldsmobile was living it when producing the Curved Dash, although let’s be honest, it still looks like a horseless carriage. The Model T started to look more like a car. Over 19,000 of the Curved Dash Oldsmobile were produced.

Built between 1934 and 1937, this full-sized Chrysler model was available as a four-door sedan or two-door coupe. Its design incorporated the concept of streamlining, one of the first American cars to do so. Ultimately, however, the Airflow was not a particularly successful model for Chrysler.

Early NASCAR racing saw drivers using stock vehicles, hence the term stock car. The Hudson Hornet was so dominant that if you were not driving one, you didn't stand a chance of a NASCAR win, no matter how talented a driver you were.

The first car ever produced by Lincoln was the L-series. The model made its debut in 1917 and was built right up until 1930. Throughout its production run, the L-series was powered by a V8 motor coupled to a 3-speed manual transmission.

Christie's sold one of only 182 Bentley Speed Six Tourers in 2004 for $5.1 million. It's not difficult to see why, as this Bentley from the early 1930s is a beauty.

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.

Produced from the 1940s, this is one of the first 4x4 off-road vehicles ever made. It was based on the chassis of a US military truck. The Power Wagon was in production from 1945 and Dodge resurrected the name in 2005 as part of its Dodge Ram lineup.

The first car designed exclusively by BMW, the 3/20 was produced from 1932 to 1934. It was available in three body options, a four-seat saloon, four-seat cabriolet and a two-seat convertible coupe. The 3/20 was powered by a 788 cc motor.

Considered the first sports car built by an American company, the Bearcat, introduced in 1914, had a four-cylinder 60 brake horsepower engine. Although by today’s standards that may seem like nothing, in 1914 the Bearcat was the fastest thing on four wheels.

This classic Ferrari from the 1950s is still in demand today. Powered by a 3.0-liter V12, a Spider sold for $5.74 million at auction in 2012.

Named after Henry Ford's son, the Edsel was a massive flop and only sold between 1958 and 1960. It's not that the car was bad, it was just really overpriced. And that always turns people away!

Known as the Cadillac Sixteen, this full-sized luxury car was produced from 1930 to 1940. It featured 2- and 4-door versions and in a range of body styles including coupe, convertible, town car, sedan and even a limousine.

Produced between 1937 and 1939, the Coupe Express J5 looks like a moving piece of Art Deco. Over 3500 of this beauty were built but in reality, it could never compete with the Ford and Chevrolet equivalents, which were priced well below the Express.

The Ford Model R was only produced for a brief period in 1907. Essentially it was the same as the Model N but the body was a little bigger, larger fenders and an oil lamp.

Built in 1939, the Horch Special Roadster is a vehicle of rare beauty and shows off those classic lines of a pre-World War II car. Recently, a Horch 853A Special Roadster sold for $5.1 million in California.

Only 16 of this vehicle were ever made and one sold for $7.2 million at auction in 2007.

This early Volvo model was manufactured between 1946 and 1950, although development had started in 1939 but was stifled by World War II. It featured a 3-speed manual gearbox coupled to a 3.7-liter straight six engine.

Northwestern Auto Parts Company, or Napco, was a company established in 1918 that specialized in making 4-wheel drive systems for vehicles. One of these projects was for Chevrolet pickups from 1942 to 1956. This gave the vehicle moderate off-road capabilities.

A true classic from the '50s, the 300 SL started life as a racing car in 1952 but soon became a production car in 1954 as a two-door coupe. The 300 SL became instantly recognizable thanks to its gull wing doors. Just over 3,200 of the coupe and roadster were built up until 1963. These vehicles are snapped up at auction whenever they are available, including one in 2012 for $4.620 million.

Introduced in 1917, the D Series was the first Chevrolet to have a V-8 engine. Sadly, it was horribly underpowered (only 36 brake horsepower), so much so that other four-cylinder engines were more powerful. By 1918 the D Series had disappeared and Chev only returned to V8 motors 37 years later.

The first prototype vehicle produced by Toyota was the A1. When put into production, it became the AA. Over 1,300 were produced in the period from 1936 to 1943. The AA was available as four-door sedan or convertible.

The Ford Model A was the successor to the Model T and was just as much of a success. In a period of only six months between February and July 1929, over 1 million were sold.

Released in the 1930s, the Big Boy C28 was built by the Hudson Motor Company. It came with a 6-cylinder engine as well as a 3-speed manual transmission. Around 600 were built.

Built between 1931 and 1940, the K-Series was partly designed by Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford. Over the years, it had a variety of powerplants including a massive 414 cubic inch 6.8-liter Lincoln-Zephyr V12 engine.

Produced between 1928 and 1932, the SSK was a short-wheelbase roadster designed by Ferdinand Porsche. Only 40 were built of which half were used for racing. The SSK was powered by a 7.0-liter engine through 4-speed automatic or manual transmission.

A real looker, The SJ was only for the rich and famous. After all, it was produced during the depression, so the man in the street was certainly not going to get behind the wheel. These cars had a supercharged motor and were capable of traveling at over 100 mph.

Produced between 1948 and 1953, the B Series was a pickup truck available as either a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton option.

Also known as the Holden Business, the 48-215 was a Holden model produced in Australia from 1948 to 1953. It was the first model from General Motors to be marketed under the Holden name.

Marketed between 1927 and 1929, the Series 341 had a range of body styles and cost between $3350 and $5500 depending on the style chosen. Over 18,000 were built of this popular model.

Produced by Dodge between 1955 and 1956, this 2-door hardtop was specifically aimed at the fairer sex. Only 2,500 were sold in a two-year period, although little evidence suggests that it was well marketed.

In 2012, a Bentley 4½ Litre Le Mans Sports 'Bobtail' sold for $6.449 million at an auction in California. These cars set a number of records in the early '30s, which just adds to their attraction.

A small family car, the 303 was manufactured by BMW from 1933 to 1934. This was the first of the maker's models to feature the grille that is so famous today as well as being the first BMW vehicle to have a six-cylinder engine.

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