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Some Automotive History

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Volkswagen only sold two Beetle’s here in America in 1949.

Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?












A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.

Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?

A: Oklahoma City , on July 16, 1935.

Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?


A: Royce Hailey’s Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.

Q: True or False?

The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and black.


A: False. The 1953 ‘Vetted’ were available in one color, Polo White.

Q: What was Ford’s answer to the Chevy Corvette, and

other legal street racers of the 1960’s?


A: Carroll Shelby’s Mustang GT350.

Q: What was the first car fitted with an alternator,

rather than a direct current dynamo?


A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant.

Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?


A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.

Q: What car was the first to have its radio antenna

embedded in the windshield?


A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Q: What car used the first successful series-production

hydraulic valve lifters?


A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16.

Q: Where was the World’s first three-color traffic lights installed?


A:Detroit, Michigan in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.

Q: What type of car had the distinction of being GM’s

100 millionth car built in the U.S.?


A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado roll out of

Lansing, Michigan with that honor.

Q: Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when?


A: Camden, NJ in 1933.

Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized

production key-start system?


A: The 1949 Chryslers.

Q: What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for?


A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed transmission, and dual exhaust.

Q: What car was the first to place the horn button

in the center of the steering wheel?


The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C.

The car also was the first with electric door latches.

Q: What U.S. production car has the quickest 0-60 mph time?


A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409. Did it in 4.0 seconds.

Q: What’s the only car to appear simultaneously on

the covers of Time and Newsweek?


A: The Mustang.

Q: What was the lowest priced mass produced American car?

The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. Cost $260, $5 less than 1924.

Q: What is the fastest internal-combustion American production car?

The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested by Motor Trend

magazine at 192.6 mph.

Q: What automaker’s first logo incorporated the Star of David?

A: The Dodge Brothers.

Q: Who wrote to Henry Ford, “I have drove fords exclusively

when I could get away with one. It has got every other car

skinned, and even if my business hasn’t been strictly legal

it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8”?


Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde) in 1934.

Q: What was the first car to use power operated seats?


A: They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.

Q: Which of the Chrysler “letter cars” sold the fewest amount?


A: Only 400, 1963, 300J’s were sold

(they skipped “I” because it looked like a number 1).

Q: What car delivered the first production V12 engine?


The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after Packard’s chief engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent, introduced its Twin-Sis.

Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?


A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer

which crashed at 100 mph on Staten Island.
Q: Which car company started out German,

yet became French after WWI?


A: Bugati, founded in Molsheim in 1909,

became French when Alsace returned to French rule.

Q: In what model year did Cadillac introduce the first
electric sunroof?


A: 1969

Q: What U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine?


A: The 1907 Thomas sported a 571 (9.2liter) engine.

Q: What car was reportedly designed on the back of a Northwest

Airlines airsickness bag and released on April Fool’s Day, 1970?


A: 1970 Gremlin, (AMC)

Q: What is the Spirit of Ecstasy?


A: The official name of the mascot of Rolls Royce,

she is the lady on top of their radiators.

Q: What was the inspiration for MG’s famed
octagon-shaped badge?


A: The shape of founder Cecil Kimber’s dining table.

MG stands for ‘Morris Garages’.

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