[Healeys] car trivia

I Erbs eyera3 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 11:45:22 MST 2015

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*Q: What was the first official White House car?*

*A: A 1909 White Steamer, ordered by President Taft.*

*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 'Vett's 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 was the first car fitted with*
* a replaceable cartridge oil filter?*

*A: The 1924 Chrysler.*

*Q: What was the first car to be*
* offered with a "perpetual guarantee"?*
*A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA. Perpetuity was disturbing in this
*as Acme closed down in 1911.*

*Q: What American luxury automaker beganby making cages for birds and

*A: The George N. Pierce Co. of Buffalo, who madethe Pierce Arrow, also
made iceboxes.*

*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 it's radioantenna embedded in the

*A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.*

*Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve

*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 rollout 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

*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 thehorn button in the center of the
steering wheel?*

*A: 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

*A: The Mustang*

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

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

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

*A: The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested byMotor Trend magazine at 192.6

*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"?*

*A: Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde) in 1934.*

*Q: What car was the first production V12, as wellas the first production
car with aluminum pistons?*

*A: The 1915 Packard Twin-Six. Used during WWI in Italy, these motors
inspired Enzi Ferrari to adopt the V12 himself in 1948.*

*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 company was originallyknown as Swallow Sidecars (aka SS)?*

*A: Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, and ultimately the whole
company by 1945.*

*Q: What car delivered the first production*

*V12 engine?*

*A: The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after Packard's chief
engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent, introduced its Twin-Six.*

*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: In January 1930, Cadillac debuted it's V16 in a car named for a
theatrical version of a 1920's*

*film seen by Harley Earl while designing the body, What's that name?*

*A: The "Madam X", a custom coach designed by Earl and built by Fleetwood.
The sedan featured aretractable landau top above the rear seat.*

*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 Cadillacintroduce 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 cu. in. (9.2 liter) 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.** Also known as "Nellie in her nighty".*

*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

*Q: In what year did the "double-R" Rolls Royce badge change from red to

*A: 1933*

*Ford, who made the first pick-up trucks, shipped them to dealers in crates
that the new owners had to assemble using the crates as the beds of the
*The new owners had to go to the dealers to get them, thus they had to
"pick-up" the trucks. And now you know the "rest of the story."*

Ira Erbs
IT Teacher
and Consultant
Portland, OR

"Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it
 than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs
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