Identify this car for one bonus point. It’s an ’81, if that helps.

Funny thing about the memory–it doesn’t let you know when things begin to fade beyond easy recall. I realized last week that I can no longer remember the name of my fifth-grade science teacher. I rather expected to remember all my grammar-school teachers on my deathbed. Looks like that plan is off.

And so it goes in the auto world. Common cars seem unforgettable, as they’re around us for two commutes a day, five days a week. Yet, as the years become decades, some of what was once common fades to the neural back burner, becoming harder to retrieve on short notice than we’d expect.

So, as a public service, we present here the third in a series of fake car quizzes. Let’s see how sharp your memory still is. Did you miss the first two quizzes? Give them a shot, too:

Find the Fake Car, (Part 2)

Find the Fake Car, (Part 4)

Caution: Don’t scroll down too quickly; the answers are down below the last question. As always, all the cars listed were U.S. models, available for sale here in the States—except the fakes, of course.

Fake Car Gallery


Find the fake Buick:

  1. LeVante
  2. Lucerne
  3. LaCrosse
  4. Enclave
  5. Encore

Find the fake Mazda:

  1. Protegé
  2. GLC
  3. RX-8
  4. 525
  5. Millenia

Find the fake Mercedes-Benz:

  1. 300E
  2. 380SEL
  3. 450SL
  4. 600i
  5. 450SLC

Find the Fake Plymouth:

  1. Breeze
  2. Sonic
  3. Neon
  4. Cranbrook
  5. Sapporo

Find the fake Saturn:

  1. SL2
  2. SW2
  3. Relay
  4. L300
  5. MPV












1. The fake Buick is: LaVante

2. The fake Mazda is: 525

3. The fake Mercedes-Benz is: 600i

4. The fake Plymouth is: Sonic

5. The fake Saturn is: MPV

The mystery car is a 1981 Isuzu I-Mark

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