Can You Identify These Gift-Wrapped Cars?


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By: Ian Fortey

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Everyone likes getting surprised by a gift now and then, and at Christmas, it's hard not to get caught up in all the fun. Brightly colored paper with ribbons and bows piled high under a tree, it's exciting. It makes you feel like a kid again. But while a lot of kids are happy with the latest toy or video game system as an adult, you may have more refined tastes. You like a practical gift. A new pair of socks or a belt. An Instant-Pot. A new car! Sadly most of us don't get those in real life, and even if you are lucky enough to get a brand new car for the holidays, when's the last time you saw one wrapped up, anyway?

Now sure, gift-wrapping a Corvette or a Cadillac is a little awkward and difficult in real life, but this is the miracle of the internet. So get yourself in the spirit of the automotive season and take a look through our list of mostly nice and maybe a few naughty cars, all wrapped up nice and pretty for the holidays. We're not even sure Santa Claus could figure them all out, but let's see how well you do.

Austin Powers drove one of these cars. Do you know what it is?

One of the most recognizable cars ever produced in Britain, the Mini Cooper existed from 1959 until the year 2000. Despite its tiny size, it was also produced in some fairly successful rally car models and even won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967.


If you saw "Smokey and the Bandit," then this car is familiar. What's it called?

Burt Reynolds' Bandit drove a Pontiac Trans Am and made the car something of a 1970s and 1980s icon as a result. It was also known by its much more cool name, the Pontiac Firebird.


Do you know which of these is officially called the Type 1?

The Volkswagen Bug is also known as the Volkswagen Beetle, but the official name was the Volkswagen Type 1. It's considered one of the most popular cars ever built and was voted fourth-most influential car of the 20th century.


The design of this car has barely changed since 1963. What is it?

The Porsche 911 is arguably the most popular Porsche model ever produced and was actually voted number five on an international "Car of the Century" poll conducted back in 1999. So that's not too bad.


This car was introduced as a competitor for the Mustang. Does it look familiar?

In 1967, Chevy responded to the Ford Mustang by introducing is own pony car, the Camaro. Still in production today, the Camaro has proven itself to be not just competitive but superior to the Mustang over many years of production.


Which of these was designed to have a retro hot rod look?

The Plymouth Prowler existed from 1997 to 2002 and had a unique look among production cars. It was produced with open Indy car-inspired front wheels that made it seem less like a street-legal car and more like a race car.


Few cars are more associated with hippies than this one. Can you name it?

The VW bus has a few too many names to keep straight. It's the VW Type 2, and also the Microbus, the Camper, the Transporter, the Kombi, and, of course, the hippie van. It dates back all the way to 1950.


Which of these cars went back in time in the movie "Back to the Future?"

The DeLorean is famous for its appearance in "Back to the Future" and also for being one of the most unique-looking cars in history with its shiny aluminum body and gullwing doors. It was only made for three years in the '80s, but is still one of the most recognizable cars ever built.


Do you know this car that started the whole pony car segment in the '60s?

Not many cars get to be as iconic as the Ford Mustang, the world's first pony car, and still one of the top-selling models of the Ford lineup. The Mustang has sold over 10 million cars worldwide so far and is still going strong.


Which of these was designed to look like a throwback to the '30s?

The Chrysler PT Cruiser was produced from 2000 to 2010 and was designed in a way that some people loved and other people hated, making it one of the more controversial cars on the road at the time.


Which of these cars has been in production for more than 60 years?

One of the most iconic cars in automotive history, the Chevy Corvette is known as America's sports car. It has been selected as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 a stunning 15 times. That's a car worth unwrapping.


Which of these cars was introduced in 2012?

The Tesla Model S has become Tesla's most popular model and is the second car they introduced after the Roadster. It can travel 370 miles on a charge giving is the furthest range of any electric car on the market.


Do you know which of these vehicles is most often associated with the legendary Hemi engine?

The Plymouth Baracuda was one of the big muscle cars of the '60s and, when decked out with the Hemi engine, is often simply known by the name Hemi 'Cuda. As popular as it was, it was only made for a decade between 1964 and 1974.


This car had gullwing doors. Do you know what it is?

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL, also known as the W 198, was first made in 1954 and even though only 3,258 of them were ever built, it was still voted the sportscar of the century back in 1999.


Which of these little fellas showed up in 1994?

The Smart Fortwo, often just called a Smart Car, is one of the smallest cars ever produced. Most people don't realize that Swatch, the watch company, is actually part of the manufacturing force behind the company that makes Smart.


This car was part car and part pickup truck. Do you know its name?

Basically a station wagon that had the top half cut off at the back to give it a flatbed, the El Camino was first made in the 1950s, but it was more of a truck back then. The second run that went from 1964 to 1987 is when the full "is this a truck or a car" aspect came into play.


Production of which of these sports cars ended in 2017?

The Dodge Viper was originally conceived as a performance car and definitely not one that was big on comfort. It had no air conditioning, and the windows were vinyl and had to be zipped out like in a Jeep. It also didn't have door handles.


If you wanted a top of the line luxury car back in the day, you wanted one of these. What was it?

Cadillac has always been synonymous with luxury, but the Eldorado was the cream of the crop even for Cadillac. Manufactured from 1952 until 2002, it was always one of the most expensive models that Cadillac produced, but people still bought them.


Do you know which of these cars was introduced back in 1953?

The Buick Skylark was in production from 1953 until 1998. It started life as the Roadmaster Skylark to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company and was an exceptional luxury convertible at the time.


Do you know which of these cars was owned by James Dean?

James Dean infamously owned a Porsche 550 Spyder and was driving one at the time of his death in 1955. A year later, in 1956, Porsche stopped producing the 550 model with less than 100 ever made.


This is often cited as the biggest failure in automobile history. What is it?

While many cars prove to be unsuccessful, no model has been as maligned as the Ford Edsel. It was super hyped before its release, and people mocked its ugly design and excessively high price mercilessly. Ford lost a bundle but gained infamy.


The company that named this car had to license it from Warner Brothers. What is it?

Even though a roadrunner is just a real bird and arguably something you can't trademark, the cartoon bird is a trademark of Warner Brothers, so Plymouth paid for the right to use the cartoon bird as inspiration for this car. For some reason.


Which of these cars turned into a submarine for James Bond?

Known as the "Wet Nellie," it was a Lotus Esprit that James Bond drove in the movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" back in 1977. It was a custom-built version of the Lotus Esprit, which you really shouldn't try to drive underwater.


James Bond made which of these cars famous?

The Aston Martin DB5 was first featured in the movie "Goldfinger" and was subsequently used as a Bond car in numerous other Bond films, essentially becoming his unofficial vehicle with a handful of exceptions over the years.


The name of this car means "devil." What is it?

Lamborghini's famous Diablo was made from 1990 to 2001. It may not have been evil incarnate, but it was able to hit speeds of 200 miles per hour for those times when you needed to outrun the devil on the highway.


Street racers love this car first made in 1972. Do you know it?

The Honda Civic is one of the most popular models in automotive history. In fact, Honda has sold over 18 million of them since they were first introduced, which is impressive by anyone's standards.


In 1987, this car sold for $400,000. Do you know what it is?

Only 1,311 Ferrari F40s were ever produced, and of those, just over 200 made their way to the United States. It was the last Ferrari model that Enzo Ferrari himself personally approved before his death and was also the fastest and most expensive car they had ever produced at the time.


Which of these was based on a car that had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive times?

In 1961, Jaguar introduced its E-Type based on the D-type, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1955 to 1957. Enzo Ferrari was quoted as saying the E-Type was the most beautiful car ever made.


Which of these cars was made famous by "The Dukes of Hazzard?"

The Duke boys drove a car known as the General Lee, which was a '69 Dodge Charger. The show used, and destroyed, so many Chargers during its run that it's remarkably hard to find an intact '69 model these days.


Less than 2,000 of these cars have ever been produced. Do you know what it is?

The Lamborghini Countach is one of the most classic and elegant-looking models Lamborghini ever produced. You had to pay for that elegance, too. Even in the '80s, the price tag for these was up in the six-figure range.


Which of these cars from the 1970s was infamous for fuel-tank design issues?

The Ford Pinto is one of those cars that history has heaped scorn upon thanks to its infamous exploding fuel tank issues. Ironically, it was shown that the car was about as safe as any similar car at the time.


Do you know which car only had a production run of 106 individual cars over 6 years?

The McLaren F1 was a unique automobile both inside and out. The driver's seat is located in the center front of the vehicle rather than to the left like every other car, while there is seating for two more behind and to either side of the driver's seat.


Though there have been gaps in production, which of these is still produced today after first showing up in 1938?

The Lincoln Continental is one of the oldest vehicles still in production. It's one of the few cars in the world that you can point to that has been produced in nine different decades over its entire run.


Which of these is the fastest production car ever made?

At a top speed of a blistering 304 miles per hour, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is the fastest production car that humankind has produced. So far, anyway. And it only costs $3.9 million. What a deal!


Brand new, this car went for about $600,000. Do you know what it is?

The Jaguar XJ200 was only made from 1992 to 1994, and they only produced 275 of them in total. The price of the car was originally in British pounds, but if you adjust for inflation and convert to dollars, the cost for one of these was about $1,228,000.


Which of these British cars began production in 1959?

The Austin-Healey 3000 was produced from 1959 until 1967. They were used very successfully for many years as rally cars and are actually still favored by people today who like to race the classics.


A low center of gravity made this classic ideal for racing. What was it?

The Hudson Horney was only in production from 1951 to 1954 as part of Hudson Motor Car Company, and then it got a few more years through to 1957 as part of American Motors. To this day, it's considered one of the better luxury cars of the time.


Which of these cars was originally going to be called the Fangio F1?

The Pagani Zonda was manufactured from 1999 to 2017, but only 140 were produced. The name Zonda comes from the Zonda wind, a dry, warm wind that comes down from the Andes in Argentina.


This car was known for its teardrop design. Do you know it?

The Talbot Lago T150 dates back to the 1930s and was one of the sleekest car designs of the era. When the cars hit auctions these days, they can reach prices of well over $3,000,000 sometimes.


Do you know which car set a Guinness record for being the fastest accelerating road-legal car in the world in 2013?

In 13.63 seconds, the Hennessey Venom GT managed to accelerate from 0 to 186 miles per hour. That's a fast car. If you haven't heard of Hennessey before, don't feel left out, they're not a manufacturer so much as a tuning house that modifies other cars for performance purposes.


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