There’s nothing trivial about trivia where Mopar fans are concerned. Knowing the little, seemingly insignificant nuances of our cars helps us to better appreciate how truly unique they are compared to Brand-X vehicles. Being armed with these little tidbits of knowledge can also be profitable, when it helps us score those wonderful door prizes in the Trivia Contest held at most Mopar shows. And let’s face it — showing up all your buddies by proving you know more than they do about all things Pentastar-related is worth far more than any door prize.
So here, presented for your reading pleasure, are a few stumpers. There’s no door prize for knowing the correct answers, and we’re sorry to say we are not in a position to bestow a PhD in Advanced Mopar Lore to anyone who gets them all correct – assuming anyone does, of course. Answers can be found on below.
1. What was the first year, and on what car, that Ma Mopar used a single alphabetic letter to designate a certain body/platform?
2. On which car and in what year did a Chrysler product first feature dual 4-barrel carburetion?
3. Not counting the Pont-A-Mousson used on early Chrysler 300s, what was the first year a Chrysler product passenger car offered a 4-speed manual transmission?
4. What Sixties era Chrysler product used the same bumper on both front and rear?
5. The 1962-1964 Max Wedge engines weren’t built at the regular big-block engine assembly plant. Who built these engines?
6. What was the first Mopar owned by the Sox & Martin race team?
7. What were the four color choices for the stripe on a 1971 Challenger R/T?
8. Richard Petty took the checkered flag at a NASCAR race in 1966 but is not credited with the win. Why?
9. Chrysler pioneered Halogen lighting way back in the 1960s. What year was it used and on what car?
10. What was the first Mopar musclecar to feature an in-dash tachometer?
11. What part was the first to receive a part number by the old Chrysler Special Parts Group? Extra credit if you know the part number.
12. Chrysler 300 Letter Series cars ran consecutively from the 1956 300C to the 1965 300L. But one letter was skipped. What was it and why? (No, we haven’t forgotten the 1955 C-300.)
13. The Chrysler “B” Wedge engine was available in 350, 361, 383 and 400-ci displacements. In what displacements was the “RB” Wedge engine available?
14. Aside from the altered wheelbase 1965 Dodge Coronets and Plymouth Belvederes built for drag racing, what other non-racing altered wheelbase car did Ma Mopar build in 1965?
15. What was the first year a 413-ci engine was available in a Chrysler product, and what was the application?
16. If the A54 Colored Bumper Group was ordered on a 1971 Charger R/T, what other two popular options were not available?
17. What major internal change was made to the 426 Hemi engine for 1970?
18. When the N96 Fresh Air Hood option was ordered on a 1969 B-Body, what mandatory option also had to be ordered?
19. On what 1970 Performance Mopar does the same word appear three times, spelled two different ways?
20. On a 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury, what was different about the automatic transmission from any other 1964 Plymouth?
21. In 1968, Road Runner coupes outsold hardtops 29,240 to 15,359. Which outsold which on the 1968 Dodge Super Bee?
22. What was the first year Chrysler built and offered a “K” car?
23. In what model year did Imperial become a separate brand/marque as opposed to being considered a Chrysler Imperial?
24. In 1969, what was the Motor Trend magazine Car Of The Year?
25. Racer/car builder Carroll Shelby teamed with Dodge to build performance FWD models in the 1980s, including the GLH and GLHS. What do GLH and GLHS stand for?
26. In 1969, all Chrysler Corporation passenger vehicles were in direct violation of federal law. What was their sin?
27. In what year, and on what application, did factory-installed hood pins first appear on a Chrysler product?
28. In what late 1960s TV show did the title character drive this Dart?
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1. 1960 Valiant – the first A-Body.
2. 1955 Chrysler C300.
3. 1963, on big-block applications only. The Borg-Warner T-10 was replaced by the all new Chrysler A833 in 1964.
4. 1967, 1968 and 1969 Barracuda.
5. Chrysler Marine and Industrial Division.
6. In 1964, they won the Winternationals at Pomona in a Mercury Comet. Their prize was a 1964 Dodge Polara convertible. They had to sell the car to raise money for the trip home.
7. Black, White, Chartreuse and Orange.
8. At the World 600, Richard was driving in relief of Marvin Panch, who had become ill during the race and had to be relieved while driving a Petty team car. Richard had dropped out earlier with engine problems, but won in Panch’s car.
9. 1969 C-Body Dodges offered the Super Lite as an option.
10. 1956 Plymouth Fury.
11. 1964 Hemi cast-Iron block. PN # 2806250.
12. The letter “I” was skipped, so as not to appear to be 3001.
13. 413, 426, and 440 are the well known “RB” displacements, but there was a limited production 383 “RB” engine available in the late 1950s.
14. The 1965 Dodge Polara Pursuit police car was stretched from a 121-inch wheelbase to a 122-inch wheelbase to meet California Highway Patrol bid specs.
15. The 413-ci flathead six cylinder engine was available in a 1953 Dodge 4-ton truck.
16. A09 Concealed Headlamps and M85 Bumper Guards.
17. Hydraulic lifters, as opposed to mechanical/solid lifters.
18. Three-speed wipers. The standard two-speed wiper motor wouldn’t clear the air cleaner.
19. On the 1970 Challenger T/A, the engine I.D. is spelled Six-Pak on both front fenders, and Six Pack on the air cleaner lid
20. Only the Sport Fury had a center console. The shift “lever” moved to the console as opposed to dash-mounted push buttons on all other automatic Plymouths
21. There was no 1968 Super Bee hardtop. They were all coupes
22. 1964, as the Chrysler 300-K.
24. Plymouth Road Runner.
25. GLH = Goes Like Hell. GLHS = Goes Like Hell S’more.
26. (Image DSC_0235 – OPTIONAL) Federal law required that beginning with the 1968 model year, all vehicles must have side marker “lights,” front and rear. Chrysler’s sin in 1969 was side marker “reflectors” as opposed to lights.
27. 1969 ½ Road Runner and Super Bee with fiberglass lift off hood.