Fun & Useless Car Facts


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.


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


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.


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


The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?



  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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