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Cool Facts

This section of our website is just a compilation of interesting facts about cars, collected form books we read, from the internet, and from specialized articles. The purpose is just to scroll down and enjoy reading about cars...hope you enjoy it.

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•The word "automobile" is a mixture of the French word 'auto' which means self and "mobile" which means moving.

•The first car was invented in the year 1672 by Ferdinand Verbiest

•The biggest speeding fine ever given is $1,000,000 to a guy who was doing 180 mph in Switzerland. the penalties are based on the speed and the salary of the driver there.

•Al Capone's Armored 1928 Cadillac was Used by President Roosevelt After the Pearl Harbor Attack. Gangster had several cars, at least two identical armored cars. Government got one, the other sold privately.

•The first steam car was invented in 1769 by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in France.

•Being used in the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds", 1967 Shelby Mustang GT-500 is recognized as one of the most famous cars in the world ever.

•In 1832, Robert Anderson of Scotland invented an electric carriage.

•Windshield wipers were invented by a woman.

•The first cars did not have steering wheels. Drivers steered with a lever.

•The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902. 

•While 53% of car owners wash their cars once a month, 16% never wash their cars.

•In 1916, 55% of the cars in the world were Model T Fords, a record that has never been beaten. 

•While average speed driven by cars in LA was 60mph in 1972, by 1982 the number dropped to 17mph.

•The first gasoline automobile was made in 1885 by Karl Friedrich of Germany.

•Every American spends approximately two weeks of his life stopped at red lights.

•The first gas gauge appeared in cars in 1922. 

•In 1923, 173 new inventions by women for cars had been reported. Among these inventions were a carburetor and an electric engine starter. 

•The first car radio was invented by Paul Gavin in 1929. 

•The first gasoline-powered automobile in America was made in the 1870s. 

•Buick introduced the first electric turn signals in 1938.

•The most expensive car ever sold is the 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe with a price of $8,700,000.

•Most American car horns beep in the key of F. 

•The biggest amount of people stuffed in a Smart car is 19. Pakistan Crashers managed to do that at Defense Authority Creek Club in Karachi, Pakistan, on December 15th, 2010.

 •The first car for sale in America was the Curved Dash Oldsmobile. It was priced at $650. With only 425 units being made that year, they were not yet the transportation choice for many.

•The automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world today. 

•Red cars are prohibited in Shanghai, China.

•Volkswagen sold only 330 VW Beetles in their first year in the United States.

•The first automobile race held in the US happened in Chicago in 1895, with Frank Dureyea winning with average speed of 71.5 mph.

•The traffic lights were introduced in 1914. They were manually operated, with an officer controlling them from a booth near the intersection.

•Women spend more than $65 million on new cars and trucks, influence 80 percent of all new car purchases, and buy 60 percent of all new cars.

•You pay 8 times more for a gallon of Grande Latte Starbucks than for a gallon of gasoline.

•135 million cars travel the nation's roads and interstates each day. 

•Seat belts were in some cars before they were legally necessary, but in 1968 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made it the law that they be put in all newly manufactured cars.

•The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

• From the DeLorean in the "Back to the Future" films, to Herbie the Love Bug, there have been many famous cars over the years. The Bat-mobile, Mary Poppins' Buggy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and even horror movie cars such as Christine, there have been too many to count, and more becoming famous each year.

•One seventh of all new US auto and truck sales are in Southern California.

•Car airbags kill 1 person to 22 lives they save.

•The average 1999 model year automobile cost $5,674 per year to own and operate.

•There were at least 6 drivers' licenses registered with the name Jesus Christ in California.

•In the 1970s, cars were scrapped almost twice as often as small trucks, but over the years, cars have become more durable. By 1999, the scrapping rate was almost equal. 

•The city with the most Rolls Royces per capita is Hong Kong. 

•The modern brake light in rear windows came from a suggestion by Elizabeth Dole. 

•There are sports where the main player is the car. Sure, it may be operated by a person, but we all know who the real star is. Whether it's drag racing, demolition derby or Nascar, the fastest and strongest cars will win. Car sports are fun, and they are on the upswing.

•Drivers kill more deer than hunters do.

•The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for cars. The most famous record player then was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola. 

•It would take more than 150 years for a car to drive to the Sun.

•In 2002, SUVs accounted for 30% of all cars sold.

•The term 'tune-up' was coined when Henry Ford was working on his first automobile prototype. This first ignition system was very simple; one ignition coil for one spark plug, so four spark plugs would require four ignition coils. These coils needed to be adjusted to provide the same spark intensity for better idle and acceleration. As these coils worked, they made a buzzing sound. When all the coils were adjusted properly, they all buzzed at the same level - they were "in tune".   Today's distributor systems have done away with Ford's configuration, but some drivers still associate poor running quality with the need to be in tune. Today's automobiles do not require old-fashioned tune-ups, but the term is now associated with the replacement of spark plugs and any performance or rough idle problem that related to engine operation.

•There is one car per person in the U.S. (including babies).

 

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