QUIZ: Name These Classic Cars That Have Seen Better Days

Although we love the sleekness of today’s modern cars, some of us still crave the classic design of vehicles from yesteryear. Unfortunately, many of these vehicles have either been scrapped or are sitting in a field somewhere collecting dust and who knows what else. But a true classic car enthusiast should still be able to identify these vehicles even though they’ve seen better days.

Although we love the sleekness of today’s modern cars, some of us still crave the classic design of vehicles from yesteryear. Unfortunately, many of these vehicles have either been scrapped or are sitting in a field somewhere collecting dust and who knows what else. But a true classic car enthusiast should still be able to identify these vehicles even though they’ve seen better days.

A Restored model from this 1967 muscle car can be worth as much as $60,000 on the market.

  • Oldsmobile 442
  • Plymouth Road Runner
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Pontiac GTO

The 1967 GTO was the last model of the first generation. The 2nd generation came out years later, but unfortunately, GTO stopped production on this muscle car in the mid 1970s.

The 1967 GTO was the last model of the first generation. The 2nd generation came out years later, but unfortunately, GTO stopped production on this muscle car in the mid 1970s.

During its glory days, this car was used in drag racing. Today, it’s just sitting in an empty field without any tires.

  • Chevy Nova
  • Ford Pinto
  • Studebaker Lark
  • Plymouth Valiant

This 1969 was a third-generation compact vehicle and one of the smallest cars Chevy offered at the time. And while production ended in 1979, it had a brief comeback from 1985 to 1988.

This 1969 was a third-generation compact vehicle and one of the smallest cars Chevy offered at the time. And while production ended in 1979, it had a brief comeback from 1985 to 1988.

Known as a muscle model, this vehicle from the late 1970s didn’t have the reputation or the engine power of its 1960s counterpart.

  • Mercury Cougar
  • AMC Rebel
  • Chevy Camaro Z/28
  • Ford Thunderbird

The 1979 Chevy Camaro Z/28 was easily recognized by its door’s striped logo. It also had a cloth interior, and 4 speed manual transmission. But some models did have a 350 ci motor mated to an automatic transmission.

The 1979 Chevy Camaro Z/28 was easily recognized by its door’s striped logo. It also had a cloth interior, and 4 speed manual transmission. But some models did have a 350 ci motor mated to an automatic transmission.

This 1969 car looks like it’s ready for the junkyard but in its prime it was considered one of the fastest vehicles of its time.

  • Dodge Charger
  • Mercury Comet
  • Plymouth Superbird
  • Oldsmobile 98

This 1969 Dodge Charger R/T would be worth over $50,000 if it were fully restored. The first models were used as car floor models in 1964, but they eventually conquered the road.

This 1969 Dodge Charger R/T would be worth over $50,000 if it were fully restored. The first models were used as car floor models in 1964, but they eventually conquered the road.

Although this utility vehicle appears to be in the process of being eaten by nature itself, the grills in the front are iconic.

  • Dodge Ram
  • Willys-Overland Jeepster
  • Ford F-150
  • Chevy El Camino

Manufactured from 1948 to 1950, the Willys-Overland Jeepster was designed to be a cross between a truck and a passenger automobile and had a 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive.

Manufactured from 1948 to 1950, the Willys-Overland Jeepster was designed to be a cross between a truck and a passenger automobile and had a 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive.

Although it’s quite rusty and the grill is partially gone, this 1966 vehicle was considered a luxury on the road.

  • Imperial Sarasota
  • Cadillac Calais
  • Buick Wildcat
  • Mercury Cougar

Cadillac named their entry-level model Calais after the French town and resort. The Calais had an increased interior room and curved frameless side windows and was considered similar in style and engine to the Cadillac de Ville.

Cadillac named their entry-level model Calais after the French town and resort. The Calais had an increased interior room and curved frameless side windows and was considered similar in style and engine to the Cadillac de Ville.

Former American Footballer Al Cowlings will undoubtedly be remembered as the guy who drove a vehicle similar to this rust bucket while trying to help OJ Simpson evade the law in the mid 1990s.

  • Geo Metro
  • GMC Jimmy
  • Ford Bronco II
  • Nissan Stanza

The Ford Bronco II was produced from 1984 to 1990 and was actually a smaller model of the Bronco that Al Cowlings used to help his friend OJ escape in that famous highway getaway that captivated viewers.

The Ford Bronco II was produced from 1984 to 1990 and was actually a smaller model of the Bronco that Al Cowlings used to help his friend OJ escape in that famous highway getaway that captivated viewers.

It’s probably a good thing that this 1963 vehicle was colored blue as it was used by the boys in blue.

  • Buick Wildcat
  • Oldsmobile Jetstar
  • Ford Galaxie
  • Pontiac Ventura

The 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL in the photo was once used as a police car but the 1963 model was also used in races at NASCAR back in the day. Ironically, European manufacturers also made a minivan with a similar name, but theirs is spelled Galaxy with a y not an ie.

The 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL in the photo was once used as a police car but the 1963 model was also used in races at NASCAR back in the day. Ironically, European manufacturers also made a minivan with a similar name, but theirs is spelled Galaxy with a y not an ie.

This C1 model from 1960 has clearly looked better, and yet it was being sold back in 2016 for as much as $36,000.

  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Ford Taurus
  • Plymouth Road Runner
  • Dodge Charger

The original list price of the C1 1960 Chevy Corvette was less than $3,900. At the time, this was considered pretty pricey, especially because some of the model had automatic windows that rolled up and down.

The original list price of the C1 1960 Chevy Corvette was less than $3,900. At the time, this was considered pretty pricey, especially because some of the model had automatic windows that rolled up and down.

The metal might be rusty and partially eaten away, but this was once one heck of a muscle car.

  • Ford Mustang
  • Pontiac GTO
  • Dodge Charger
  • Plymouth Road Runner

The Ford Mustang GT reared its beautiful head in the mid-1960s and was equipped with a 271-horsepower engine. The 2-door hardtop with short deck and long hood was the first of its model.

The Ford Mustang GT reared its beautiful head in the mid-1960s and was equipped with a 271-horsepower engine. The 2-door hardtop with short deck and long hood was the first of its model.

This 1955 station wagon might not look like much all rusted up, but if it were fully restored, it would be worth $80,000.

  • Chevy Nomad Bel Air
  • Chevy Impala
  • Pontiac Tempest
  • Ford County Squire

In 1955, the Nomad Bel Air made its debut and people were loving the two-door station wagon because of its elongated side windows and frameless door glass.

In 1955, the Nomad Bel Air made its debut and people were loving the two-door station wagon because of its elongated side windows and frameless door glass.

This vehicle was sitting in a barn in North Carolina for approximately 30 years, but this 1957 full-size vehicle was once the cream of the crop.

  • Chevy Bel Air
  • Cadillac Series 62
  • Pontiac Bonneville
  • Buick Roadmaster

The 1957 Chevy Bel Air was equipped with a 245-horsepower engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission. The owner of this vehicle was unable to part with it but ultimately put it up for bid on eBay in 2012.

The 1957 Chevy Bel Air was equipped with a 245-horsepower engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission. The owner of this vehicle was unable to part with it but ultimately put it up for bid on eBay in 2012.

This full-sized four-door vehicle may be way too rusty to fix, but back in the late 1950s it was considered top of its class.

  • Chevy Impala
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Charger
  • Ford Thunderbird

This is a 1960s version of the Chevy Impala. More than ten generations of this model have been produced since the late 1950s. But the more modern models don’t look nearly as classy as this version.

This is a 1960s version of the Chevy Impala. More than ten generations of this model have been produced since the late 1950s. But the more modern models don’t look nearly as classy as this version.

This 1958 vehicle wasn’t very popular at all, which might explain why it was left out to rust and why there are holes in the windshield.

  • Ford Pinto
  • Edsel Ranger
  • Chevy Corvair
  • Cadillac Cimarron

The Edsel Ranger were once unpopular because their front was described as an “oldsmobile sucking a lemon.” But over the years, it became such a rare commodity that some people have tried selling counterfeit versions.

The Edsel Ranger were once unpopular because their front was described as an “oldsmobile sucking a lemon.” But over the years, it became such a rare commodity that some people have tried selling counterfeit versions.

This model from the 1960s was 55 years old and very rusty when it was put up for sale in 2015.

  • Chrysler Newport
  • Mercury Comet
  • Ford Maverick
  • Ford Falcon

Back in the day, advertisers used the “Peanuts” characters to market the Ford Falcon. The vehicle was also known for housing a 95-horsepower engine, which isn’t much these days, but was fairly decent in the 1960s.

Back in the day, advertisers used the “Peanuts” characters to market the Ford Falcon. The vehicle was also known for housing a 95-horsepower engine, which isn’t much these days, but was fairly decent in the 1960s.

Despite being neglected for over half a century and no longer having floorboards, this model was once pretty popular after it was built in 1966.

  • Oldsmobile 442
  • Ford Torino Talladega
  • Pontiac GTO
  • Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

The first-generation 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu was one of General Motors A-Body platforms and had an impressive 375 horsepower engine. It was later succeeded by the Chevrolet Malibu.

The first-generation 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu was one of General Motors A-Body platforms and had an impressive 375 horsepower engine. It was later succeeded by the Chevrolet Malibu.

This 1972 vehicle was snapped in Framingham, Massachusetts, and may still work despite the fact that it’s rusty as hell.

  • Pontiac Firebird
  • Buick Skylark
  • Chevy Impala
  • Mercury Cougar

The 1972 Buick Skylark earned its name from a bird species known as skylark and was a second-generation passenger car with a two-barrel 350 V8 engine. The vehicle was succeeded in 1973 by the Buick Century.

The 1972 Buick Skylark earned its name from a bird species known as skylark and was a second-generation passenger car with a two-barrel 350 V8 engine. The vehicle was succeeded in 1973 by the Buick Century.

It might be hard to imagine by looking at it, but John F. Kennedy once used once of these models for his inaugural parade.

  • Oldsmobile 442
  • Ford Thunderbird
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Pontiac Tempest

The Ford Thunderbird received an exterior makeover which involved doing away with the hard edges and losing its tailfins altogether to look a heck of a lot slicker. And yet, it wasn’t considered a sports car.

The Ford Thunderbird received an exterior makeover which involved doing away with the hard edges and losing its tailfins altogether to look a heck of a lot slicker. And yet, it wasn’t considered a sports car.

This 1960s sports car didn’t do quite so bad at surviving over the years. Unfortunately, production on this model ended before the 1970s.

  • Buick Wildcat
  • Ford Falcon
  • Chevrolet Corvair
  • Mercury Cougar

This version of the Chevy Corvair was a first-generation model. But there were only two models before it was discontinued. And yet it was the only passenger car made in America that had an air-cooled engine in the rear.

This version of the Chevy Corvair was a first-generation model. But there were only two models before it was discontinued. And yet it was the only passenger car made in America that had an air-cooled engine in the rear.

It looks like some great beast ripped out half of the front of this car but in its prime it was a blending of a pickup and a utility coupe.

  • Chevy El Camino
  • Ford Styleside
  • Chevy Fleetside
  • Dodge Sweptline

! This 1966 Chevy El Camino is a second-generation model and came complete with automatic transmission and a 283 CI V-8 mated engine that was equivalent in size to a 375-horsepower engine.

! This 1966 Chevy El Camino is a second-generation model and came complete with automatic transmission and a 283 CI V-8 mated engine that was equivalent in size to a 375-horsepower engine.

It may look all beaten up and abandoned, but it was considered a very cool car to own a couple of decades ago.

  • Buick Century
  • Buick Skylark
  • Pontiac Tempest
  • Chevy Impala

This particular vehicle came from the mid 1950s and was the second generation of its make and model. But Buick also dubbed it the “senior” small car of its time.

This particular vehicle came from the mid 1950s and was the second generation of its make and model. But Buick also dubbed it the “senior” small car of its time.

Despite its rusty exterior, this vehicle had the rear tailfins that were common in the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Cadillac Coupe de Ville
  • Mercury Starlight
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass
  • Imperial Crown

This 1956 luxury model may not look as great as it once did, but a fully restored Cadillac Coupe de Ville would sell for over $35,000 in today’s market.

This 1956 luxury model may not look as great as it once did, but a fully restored Cadillac Coupe de Ville would sell for over $35,000 in today’s market.

It was pretty popular for transporting hippies around back in the day and had also earned the nickname microbus.

  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Volkswagen Bus
  • Fiat 500
  • Dodge Caravan

The Volkswagen Bus was dubbed the Volkswagen Type 2 but it went by many other nicknames including minibus. Unfortunately, this bus looks like it suffered a great deal of damage and the original owners never took the time to show it some love.

The Volkswagen Bus was dubbed the Volkswagen Type 2 but it went by many other nicknames including minibus. Unfortunately, this bus looks like it suffered a great deal of damage and the original owners never took the time to show it some love.

Although the elements have done a number on this former luxurious vehicle, it was once considered one of the most expensive American-made vehicles of its time.

  • Buick Century
  • Mercury Grand Marquis
  • Lincoln Continental
  • Cadillac Sedan de Ville

The 1970s Cadillac Sedan de Ville pictured here is a fourth-generation model. It was easily recognized for being 230 inches long, which made it one of the longest vehicles of its time.

The 1970s Cadillac Sedan de Ville pictured here is a fourth-generation model. It was easily recognized for being 230 inches long, which made it one of the longest vehicles of its time.

This muscle car from the 1968 looks a little worse for wear but it might still have another shot at life if the owner fixes the engine and changes the tires.

  • Plymouth GTX
  • Mercury Cougar
  • Chevy Camaro
  • Pontiac Firebird

The 1968 Pontiac Firebird would undoubtedly drive neighbors nuts because it made a lot of noise. But in all fairness, it did have a V8 engine that produced as much as 350 horsepower.

The 1968 Pontiac Firebird would undoubtedly drive neighbors nuts because it made a lot of noise. But in all fairness, it did have a V8 engine that produced as much as 350 horsepower.

This 1967 muscle car is dealing with some serious water damage, but if restored, it could be worth five figures.

  • AMC Gremlin
  • Pontiac Firebird
  • Dodge Challenger
  • GM Firecat

Although this car has spent a couple of decades in storage, if it was cleaned of its rust and the interior was fixed up a bit, it could be worth a lot of money. The 1967 Pontiac Firebird took its name from the GM Firebird, a ‘50s concept car.

Although this car has spent a couple of decades in storage, if it was cleaned of its rust and the interior was fixed up a bit, it could be worth a lot of money. The 1967 Pontiac Firebird took its name from the GM Firebird, a ‘50s concept car.

This 1969 second-generation muscle car was found in a barn.

  • Oldsmobile 442
  • Buick Grand National
  • Ford Fairlane
  • Chevrolet Aveo

Although this car has been sitting unused for over 30 years, it may be worth more than it seems. But when this car was first offered on the market, it was worth just $3,000, a small price to pay for a car of its kind today.

Although this car has been sitting unused for over 30 years, it may be worth more than it seems. But when this car was first offered on the market, it was worth just $3,000, a small price to pay for a car of its kind today.

This sedan survived on the streets of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, but it got a little rust damage in the process.

  • Oldsmobile Tornado
  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Plymouth Road Runner

This is a third generation 1964 Chevy Impala. The redesigned 1965 model of the Impala sold over one million units, setting a sales record as one of the best-selling cars in the U.S.

This is a third generation 1964 Chevy Impala. The redesigned 1965 model of the Impala sold over one million units, setting a sales record as one of the best-selling cars in the U.S.

This pickup truck was designed after World War II and remained in production until 1952.

  • Ford F-3
  • Dodge Ram
  • Chevy 3000
  • Studebaker Superlark

The Ford F series truck has been in production since 1948 and this version is one of the first generation that was produced from 1948 to 1952.

The Ford F series truck has been in production since 1948 and this version is one of the first generation that was produced from 1948 to 1952.

This 1959 car has some identifiable features including its split grill and tail fins.

  • Pontiac Bonneville
  • Mercury Montclair
  • Chrysler Newport
  • Ford Cobra

This Pontiac Bonneville was made in its second year of production. The Bonneville was produced from 1958 until 2005 and it is one of the largest and heaviest Pontiacs ever built.

This Pontiac Bonneville was made in its second year of production. The Bonneville was produced from 1958 until 2005 and it is one of the largest and heaviest Pontiacs ever built.

This 1959 car has 42” fins, which are the tallest on any car ever produced.

  • Cadillac Fleetwood Limo
  • Lincoln Continental
  • Oldsmobile Cobra
  • Studebaker Superlark

Although this car is missing on of its distinctive “bullet” tail-lights on the driver’s side, it’s still a great example of the craftsmanship that went into building the Cadillacs back in the day.

Although this car is missing on of its distinctive “bullet” tail-lights on the driver’s side, it’s still a great example of the craftsmanship that went into building the Cadillacs back in the day.

This infamous car has seen better days, but the 1958 vehicle is pretty rare to see around.

  • Pontiac GTO
  • Edsel Pacer
  • Chevy Nova
  • Plymouth Barracuda

The Edsel Pacer was only manufactured in 1958. Despite the fact that it was one of the best-selling Edsel models that year, it they continue production on the car with a 303 horsepower engine.

The Edsel Pacer was only manufactured in 1958. Despite the fact that it was one of the best-selling Edsel models that year, it they continue production on the car with a 303 horsepower engine.

This full-sized 1964 vehicle used to be the pride of the neighborhood.

  • Dodge Aries
  • Hudson Horney
  • Chevy Bel Air
  • Plymouth Reliant

In 1964, the Chevy Bel Air was available with a 425 horsepower engine. The Bel Air was produced from 1950 to 1975 and it has since become an icon of nostalgic 1950s culture.

In 1964, the Chevy Bel Air was available with a 425 horsepower engine. The Bel Air was produced from 1950 to 1975 and it has since become an icon of nostalgic 1950s culture.

This snow bound vehicle from 1955 was a two-door hardtop with four VentiPorts on each side.

  • Cadillac DeVille
  • Buick Roadmaster
  • Oldsmobile L-Series
  • Buick Park Avenue

1955 was a boom year for car sales and this Buick Roadmaster saw a surge in popularity in its sixth generation during that time. The Roadmaster was built from 1936 to 1958 and again from 1991 to 1996.

1955 was a boom year for car sales and this Buick Roadmaster saw a surge in popularity in its sixth generation during that time. The Roadmaster was built from 1936 to 1958 and again from 1991 to 1996.

This car debuted in 1955 and it was the first two-seater from its manufacturer since 1938.

  • Cadillac Eldorado
  • Rambler Marlin
  • Ford Thunderbird
  • Mercury Cougar

The Ford Thunderbird was part sports car and part luxury tourer. It was produced from 1955 5o 1997 and again from 2002 to 2005. This 1956 model has a top-end 215 horsepower engine.

The Ford Thunderbird was part sports car and part luxury tourer. It was produced from 1955 5o 1997 and again from 2002 to 2005. This 1956 model has a top-end 215 horsepower engine.

This 1955 car has seen better days, but the the interior’s 300 horsepower 6.0 liter V8 engine and transmission add some value.

  • Buick Century
  • Dodge Charger
  • Ford Thunderbird
  • Buick Regal

This Buick Century is a 1955 model, but the Century was in production from 1936 to 1942, from 1954 to 1958 and from 1973 to 2005. The Century name has been used on six generations of cars in varying sizes.

This Buick Century is a 1955 model, but the Century was in production from 1936 to 1942, from 1954 to 1958 and from 1973 to 2005. The Century name has been used on six generations of cars in varying sizes.

This car was made famous in a rock and roll song and was originally sold for just $2,750.

  • Hudson Hornet
  • Mercury Comet
  • Oldsmobile 88
  • Chevrolet Camaro

Powered by a Rocket V8 engine, the Eighty Eight is a full-size car that was produced from 1949 until 1999. When it was first sold in the late ‘40s, the car was one of the best performing automobiles on the market due to its small size and light weight.

Powered by a Rocket V8 engine, the Eighty Eight is a full-size car that was produced from 1949 until 1999. When it was first sold in the late ‘40s, the car was one of the best performing automobiles on the market due to its small size and light weight.

This station wagon’s paint job is laughable, but the 1956 vehicle is still in good shape.

  • Imperial LeBaron
  • Buick Special
  • Pontiac Tempest
  • Holden Monaro

This Buick Special is identifiable by its three VentiPorts that signify that a V-6 engine is under the hood. The Special was typically Buick’s lowest-priced model and the car was produced from 1936 to 1958 and from 1961 to 1969.

This Buick Special is identifiable by its three VentiPorts that signify that a V-6 engine is under the hood. The Special was typically Buick’s lowest-priced model and the car was produced from 1936 to 1958 and from 1961 to 1969.

This 1964 car was photographed in 2018 after collecting a lot of rust.

  • Mercury Grand Marquis
  • Lincoln Continental
  • Cadillac Coupe de Ville
  • Buick Gran Sport

The first car to bear the DeVille name from Cadillac was the 1949 Coupe de Ville, a two-door hardtop body style. This 1964 version was part of the second generation of Coupes, bearing some 1960s details.

The first car to bear the DeVille name from Cadillac was the 1949 Coupe de Ville, a two-door hardtop body style. This 1964 version was part of the second generation of Coupes, bearing some 1960s details.

Somehow, this rust bucket still runs! What model is this 1951 truck?

  • Ford F-Series
  • Chevy 3100 Series
  • Volkswagen Type 2
  • Datsun Truck

Ford led the United States in truck sales from 1947 to 1955, thanks in no small part to the F-Series of trucks that have been produced since 1948 and produced over 10 generations of unique full-size pickup trucks.

Ford led the United States in truck sales from 1947 to 1955, thanks in no small part to the F-Series of trucks that have been produced since 1948 and produced over 10 generations of unique full-size pickup trucks.

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