Twenty Automotive Facts



1)      A classic is considered a car produced 30 to 49 years ago.

2)      The first muscle car was the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88.

3)      To be considered a muscle car the vehicle must have have a V8 engine, be made in America and be a 2 door sport coupe with rear wheel drive.  They were built for power and speed.

4)      Jay Leno is considered by many to have the largest and most extensive classic car collection in America having a reported 190 vehicles.  He hosts a website featuring his classic car garage.

5)      There were no Corvettes manufactured under the year 1983.

6)      The General Lee was a Dodge Charger that was featured in the Dukes of Hazzard television series.  Between 250 and 300 “General Lees” were used in the production of the show.  The doors were welded closed and the brothers often slid across the hood.

7)      The Batmobile used in the television series featuring Adam West as Batman used a one of a kind concept car called Futura by Lincoln.  It was fitted with turbo boosters that shot flames out from the rear, an emergency bat turn, a mobile phone between the two front seats and a rear parachute ejection.

8)      Windshield wipers were invented in 1903 by a woman named Mary Anderson.  They were operated by hand from inside the vehicle.

9)      The most expensive car was the 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe which was sold for $8,700,000 at auction in 1987.  The 1940’s Kellner car was never sold but was instead bricked up during WWII so that the Nazis could not commandeer it for their own use.

10)  The most widely used amphibious vehicle was the German Schwimmwagen.  It was a small 4×4 jeep like vehicle designed in 1942.  Ford developed their Seep (Sea Jeep) during the same time. The most successful civilian amphibious car manufactured to date was produced by Gibbs Aquada.

11)  Originally cars were steered using a stick instead of a wheel.

12)  The first horseless carriages (cars) were powered by steam and took about twenty minutes to heat up enough to start.

13)  The 1965 Chevrolet Impala holds the record for selling the most vehicles at one million in that year.

14)  The first auto insurance was sold in 1897.  It became mandatory in the United States in 1927.

15)  One of the most prolific falsehoods about cars on the internet is that red cars are illegal in Shanghai, China.

16)  The city with the most expensive parking is London, England. (nearly $900/month US).

17)  The Honda Accord was the first Japanese car to be sold in the United States.

18)  A German, Karl Benz is credited with creating the first “modern” car engine in 1885.

19)  Ford made the Model T exclusively in black because it was the fastest color to dry.

20)  The typical car horn in America beeps in the F tone.  The first car horn was the classic “bulb horn” (looks like a bicycle horn).