Fun & Useless Car Facts

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It’s a fact! Earlier today, one of my fellow (and favorite) automotive journalists, Michael Banovsky, Tweeted this little car blurb: Did you know: a production car contains more than 20kgs (44lbs) of glue? No Michael, I did not – and this has me wondering what other fun little car facts a determined (and slightly obsessed) auto junkie could dig up.

Did you know:

It’s rumored the Chevy Nova sold poorly in Mexico because the word “Nova” is close to the Spanish phrase “doesn’t go.” Maybe it didn’t sell because it was a Chevy…or because it was Mexico.

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Only FOUR automobiles were registered in the United States in 1895. I guess everybody had to learn to share!

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Toll Booths on The Garden State Parkway in New Jersey were supposed to remain until initial construction was paid off, sometime back in the late 1950’s.

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Over 90% of car owners admit to singing while behind the wheel.

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The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.

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In 1960, you could purchase a brand new Buick La Sabre for under $3000. With that you basically got two-doors, a (manual) steering wheel and an engine.

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Early Ford vehicles contained Dodge engines. Some 1980’s Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouths contain Mitsubishi Engines.

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Mary Anderson patented the windshield wiper in 1905 after she noticed snow and rain gathering on the fronts of trolley cars and automobile windows.

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In 1898, the New York City Police Department used bicycles to pursue speeding motorists.

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Japan produced the most passenger vehicles/most total vehicles world wide in 2006.

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The World’s Oldest Car was built in France in 1884 for French Count De Dion.

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In 2009, New York and New Jersey were surveyed as having the Worst Drivers in America.

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4 Responsesto “Fun & Useless Car Facts”

  1. Question,

    Is it OK if I use some of these fun facts and the pictures in my email news letter for my small automotive repair shop as long as I give credit to your web-site?

    Thanks,

    Hugh.

  2. Answer, sure

  3. Where did you get the picture of Obama from?

  4. Google Image Search, I believe it is an AP photo.

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