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Do you think you know everything there is to know about car history? How about your friends? Car trivia can be an amusing conversation starter with friends and a unique way to break the ice with strangers. You can use these fun facts to impress someone else or keep yourself entertained. For whatever reason you think a bit of car history will help you, here is a list of less known car trivia preceded first by a short quiz to find out how well you know your car history. Read and answer the following questions to yourself before proceeding to the answers. Remember that donating a car to charity will benefit others no matter what kind of history that car has.
1. Was black the original color of the first Ford’s Model T vehicles?
2. When was the first auto insurance policy bought?
3. Who invented the first windshield wiper?
4. What was the most expensive car ever sold and how much did it cost?
5. What year was the first speeding ticket issued?
6. Who invented the first car radio?
7. When did the first U.S. “car accident” or “vehicle fatality” happen?
8. Why were dashboards originally created?
9. What was the cost of the most expensive speeding ticket in history?
10. When was the first automobile in the world invented?
1. Many people believe that the first Ford Model T cars were black because of Ford’s popular motto, “any color so long as it is black.” However, Ford did not bring about this philosophy until 1913 when he began simplifying his production of Model Ts. His first Model Ts were, however, introduced in the colors of green, gray, blue and red.
2. The very first auto insurance policy was purchased in 1897 by Gilbert Loomis in Westfield Massachusetts. Loomis bought his insurance coverage from the Herbert Lyman Agency when the townspeople were showing signs of consternation concerning his own makeshift automobile.
3. Mary Anderson invented the first windshield wiper in 1905. She was struck with the idea when she noticed how drivers had to open their car windows to see a midst rain and snow while driving. She created a rubber blade that could be operated by a lever from the inside of the vehicle.
4. $8,700,000.00 is the price of the most expensive vehicle ever sold in the history of automobiles. That astonishing amount of money went towards a luxurious 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe and was bought in the year 1987.
5. The first recorded paper speeding ticket in the United States was issued to Harry Myers in 1904. In the city of Dayton Ohio, Myers was reportedly driving 12 miles per hour in an 8 miles per hour area.
6. With the help of a remarkable engineering team, Paul Galvin invented the first commercialized car radio. He was able to market his new invention in 1930 and soon it became customary to have radios inside every cars.
7. The United States’ first recorded auto fatality happened on September 13, 1899 in New York City. As H. H. Bliss was descending from a trolley car he was hit by an electric taxicab.
8. Dashboards were originally used in horse drawn carriages to prevent mud from splashing all over the driver. It was merely a piece of wood fastened to the front of the carriage. This concept was later utilized inside automobiles for the same purpose.
9. $1,000,000.00 was fined to a Swedish man who was clocked at 180 mph in Switzerland. So far, this is the costliest speeding ticket ever issued in world history.
10. Although the American Duryea brothers are credited as the first to build a practical motorcar in 1893, Frenchman Nicolas Cugnot invented the very first, self-moving automobile in 1769. It was a steam-powered vehicle used to transport heavy weaponry for the military.
How did you do? Are you as much of a car buff as you thought you were? Well, if you weren’t before, you should be now. Use the questions from this quiz to test your friends and relatives on their car knowledge.