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Old Car Trivia..Wanna Play?

isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
This might be fun as I know a lot of posters here
have a good memory and a lot of knowledge.

I'll start this. with some Chevy questions...

What year did Chevrolet first offer an automatic
transmission? What was it called?

What year did Chevrolet first have a one piece


  • jvanbosjvanbos Posts: 1
    transmission question 1952, Powerglide

    one piece windshield, probably in the '20s
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    Close on the transmission. It was introduced in 1950. It was, indeed, a Powerglide.

    " Slip and slide with Powerglide"

    You got me on the windshield! I had forgotton that the very early cars had one piece windshields.

    It was in 1953 that Chevrolet went from a split windshield to a one piece.
  • bcathcartbcathcart Posts: 54
    Which small UK sports car engine had 3 camshafts and why?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    two for spares in the boot? (just kidding).

    Actually, I don't know the answer to that question, but I'll keep thinking.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    Wow, I give up? What is the answer?

    Here's another. What was the first year Chevrolet offered a V-8 engine?

    Hint: Be careful!
  • bcathcartbcathcart Posts: 54
    1500cc lotus engine was built on a standard ford ohv block assembly ,the original cam was left in place to drive the oil pump and extended timing chain drove the twin cams in the lotus head.Thus the first three cam engine.Of course it set the standard for leaking oil and falling apart faithfully followed by lotus ever since.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    Interesting! But...did you ever see any british engine that didn't leak oil and fall apart?
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    Wasn't the first Chevy V-8 in 1917. I'm thinking that it was air-cooled and had lots of problems and only lasted one year.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    You got the year right, congrats, but no, it was not an air-cooled may be confusing that with the Chevrolet air-cooled engine of 1923, which was an engineering failure.

    The V-8 was a pretty good engine for its time, a 288 cubic inch unit putting out 55 hp with 4:75 to 1 compression. I believe the car itself was called a D-series touring. Quite a few manufacturers were putting out V-8s then, but a 6-cylinder car was mostly what people wanted if they could afford it.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    Good Job! Most people would have said 1955.

    OK, what years did Chevy use the 348 engine in passenger cars?

    Bonus question, what years was the infamous turboglide used?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    Your knowledge is impressive!
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    I think the 348 was used from 1958 to 1961, and the turboglide from 1957 to 1961 or 1962. I had a 63, and I don't recall anything about the TG in the owners manual.
  • First year which all cars sold here:

    1) have 5 mph bumpers
    2) use unleaded gas
    3) have that second brake light in the window
  • I'll guess 1986. Although I hope that your hint #3 meant the third brake light in the window.
  • sebringjxisebringjxi Posts: 140
    5 mph bumpers came in 1974.
    Unleaded gas in 1975.
    Third high-mounted brake light in 1986.

    Question: In what years were American auto manufacturers forbidden to build convertibles by the NHSTA?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    Was that a trick question? I don't think they were ever forbidden by the NHSTA. I just thought they kind of died in popularity around 1976.

    Please enlighten us!

    OK badgerpaul, or anybody

    What was the first year of the Impala SS?

    What was the first year the 396 was available in the Chevelle? (be careful)
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    First year of the Impala SS was 1961, it was an option package on the Impala so it could be ordered on any Impala such as a 2-door sedan, I seem to recall a picture of such. I think the Impala SS became a separate series in 63. Believe it or not it came standard with a 6.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    You are right again. A 1961 Impala SS is a RARE car indeed. Most folks would have said 1962.

    It was possible to buy a 65 Malibu SS with the 396 engine, but again, these were rare.

    And, you are right about the six cylinder SS Impalas. What a joke!

    But, back then, a person could special order just about anything. I once saw a 1964 Chevy Biscayne, el strippo four door sedan equipped with the 409 engine, three speed shift on the column and factory air conditioning!

    So, what was the first year it was possible to order a new Chevy with factory air conditioning?

    I've seen two of these. One in a junkyard and the other at an old car auction. Are they EVER rare!
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    I think it might have been 1955, I know I saw a 57 with factory air, with vents in the dash, which was a new concept. Prior to that the A/C was trunk mounted and there were clear plastic tubes that ran above the side windows and blew down on the top of your head. You could always tell a car that had it because there were intake vents mounted on the rear fenders.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    Yep, it was 1955 and the A/C option was ultra rare. I think it added over 400.00 to the price of the car which was a ton of money back then.

    Some of the early Cadillacs and other cars did have a trunk mounted unit that blew through those plastic tubes into vents installed in the headliner.

    My parents had a 1957 Buick Roadmaster with aftermarket air conditioning made my Novi. It took up much of the trunk and blew through the clear plastic tubes in the trunk. MAN did it ever work! MUCH better than the wimpy R134 systems we have to put up with now. The huge compressor also used 5 horsepower, I think.

    Badger, you should ask some questions yourself! I'll only ask if I'm sure of the answer.

    Allright...What was the first year power steering was available in a Chevy?

    No looking at books, now!

    How about the rest of you? I don't want to monopolize this. :)
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