No less a luminary than Mark Twain once noted, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Yet, despite Mr. Clemens’ call for deeper consideration of the things we appreciate, Americans have always put a premium on size. We like our TVs, BBQ grilles, and fountain beverages extra large, and, based on the popularity of Kim Kardashian, we tend to prefer select elements of our popular icons on the generous side as well.
In the car world, size generally manifested itself as length. In the late Fifties, long cars were made to look longer with tailfins and sweeping bodyside sculpting. In the Sixties, length was exaggerated by taking bodies lower and wider.
Given stylist’s ability to enhance and exaggerate the dimensions of a given vehicle, the question becomes, which cars are really long, and which just appear long?
Here’s your chance to test your ability to judge a vehicle’s length. We’ve selected 5 pairs of vehicles, 4 of long vehicles, 1 of a couple of stubbier rides. Can you pick the longest vehicle in each group? Be sure and tell us how you do.
Pair One: Which is longer?
Pair Two: Which is longer?
Pair Three: Which is longer?
Pair Four: Which is longer?
Pair Five: Which is longer?
1969 Pontiac Grand Prix: 210.2 inches
2007 Hummer H2 SUT: 203.5 inches
1956 Continental Mark II: 218.4 inches
2015 Lincoln Navigator L: 222.3 inches
1974 Buick Estate Wagon: 231.1
2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV: 224.3
1984 Chrysler Executive Limousine: 210.4
2014 Chrysler 300: 198.8
1956 Nash Metropolitan: 149.5
1996 Suzuki X-90: 146.1