You see them all the time, either on the road or at auction – restored classic cars. You imagine owning one but they often go for hefty prices, especially the rare models.
Many people step in right at the start of the process, either to relive their youth with a car they may have owned way back when or to make a nice bit of money when they sell a vehicle after it has been restored.
In the car world, restoration is essential to keep those true classic cars on the road. It doesn’t have to be a pre-war car or even something from the dawn of motoring. Many cars from the ’60s are approaching 50 years old and certainly can be considered to be a classic car. Think about those early muscle cars, in particular, the Mustang’s, Camaro’s GTOs and Chargers. They are classics for sure.
Did you know that restoration comes in two parts – mechanical and cosmetic? In older cars, both often need to be done. In other cars, the vehicle might still be perfect mechanically, but it’s the body that often goes first. Just like humans!
So in this quiz, we have lined up a range of cars that are a restorer’s dream and we want to see if you can identify them.
What was the first mass-produced automobile?
The Ford Model T was made in 1913. Three years later, 55% of all cars in the world were Model Ts, which is a record yet to be broken!
What is the rarest car in the world?
Nicknamed “Brutus”, there are only 11 prototypes of this car.
How much was the most expensive car ever sold for at a public auction?
The most expensive car ever sold at a public auction was a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 race-car.
What did the first cars run on?
A steam car burned fuel that heated water in a boiler. This process made steam that expanded and pushed pistons, which turned a crankshaft.
What is the criteria for a car to be classified as "fine" or "distinctive?"
The Classic Car Club of America describes a CCCA Classic as a "fine" or "distinctive" automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1915 and 1948.
Which model Ford is featured in The Beach Boys song "Fun, Fun, Fun?"
The Ford Thunderbird, also known as the T-Bird, is a nameplate that was used by Ford from model years 1955 to 1997 and 2002 to 2005 over eleven model generations.
Which is the fastest car ever produced?
The Agera RS variant became the world's fastest production car in 2017, setting a record with a GPS-verified two-way average top speed of 447 km/h (278 mph) and a fastest straight-line speed of 458 km/h (285 mph).
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