Saturday Quiz Fun

Theme is automobiles. You are on your honor not to Google. Answers after the jump, post your score in the comments.

1. What car is named after the founder of the city of Detroit?

2. What car was famously lambasted as “one of the greatest acts of industrial irresponsibility in this century”?

3. Who so lambasted it?

4. Nash Motors in 1950 became the first manufacturers to have its factories install what in its cars?

5. In 1922, Henry Ford took over what company for $8 million?

6. Within two years, what year saw the 50 millionth Ford roll off the production line?

7. Charles Sykes designed “The Spirit of Ecstasy”, which in 1911 was selected to adorn the hood of what maker’s cars?

8. Who was the first President to use a limo that had armour and bulletproof glass?

9. What automobile maker sponsored the Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour?

10. In 1914, Cadillac became the first U.S. company to install an engine with how many cylinders?

Bonne Chance!


1. Cadillac
2. The Chevrolet Corvair
3. Ralph Nader
4. Seat belts
5. Lincoln Motor Car Company
6. 1959 (full marks for 1957-1961)
7. Rolls-Royce
8. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
9. Pontiac
10. Eight

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

9 thoughts on “Saturday Quiz Fun”

  1. I only scored a four of ten, but that’s because I’m only a beta, not an alpha. If only I were one rung up on the clone ladder, my knowledge of the great and wondrous flivver would be worthy, as I pray we never embrace the Brave New World of the Romney!

    1. The second-generation Corvair was one of the most beautiful cars ever designed. Sadly, it was doomed by the flaws of the first-generation model.

      1. friend of a friend had the turbo-charged Monza Spyder

        before I met that car, I had no idea that driving could be that kind of fun

  2. 2 correct. Growing up in Detroit, such knowledge was required for all young, manly men destined for manufacturing nirvana. Which is why I left at 18.

    1. What struck me living in Michigan was the number of interactions like the following:

      Mary: Do you know Raymond?
      John: Raymond, Raymond…not sure, what does he drive?
      Mary: Pontiac Firebird
      John: Oh right, yeah I do know him.

  3. Damn, I scored seven out of ten. Must be residual effect of those issues of Road & Track and Motor Trend I read in high school.

    Always hated the rap given the Corvair; the Vega, with its self-destruct aluminum block engine and the rustomatic panels, better deserved the corporate-irresponsibility denunciation. Pity, because the car itself had some real potential–and not just to be a source of donor engines for transplanting into VW buses so they’d go up hills.

  4. Slight correct, Edsel Ford pushed the purchase of Lincoln; Henry Sr. signed the check.

    Edsel’s name is cursed by Robert McNamara’s misbegotten design by committee monster. Edsel himself would have thrown the design in the trash and produced another beautiful classic. Edsel, however was not there to tell the Whiz Kids to go fly a kite, having died in 1942.

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