Q: The name of what car “suggests the comradeship of good friends as a personal car should be to it’s owner,” while also meaning “a small vicious animal that eats Mustangs”?
Q: What is one of the most expensive (costing $19 million) and least used vehicle ever produced?
A: The original home of the Overland was Terre Haute, Indiana.
Q: How much did the 1940 Buick Phaeton, featured in the movie “Casablanca” sell for on June 28th?
A: $211,500 more than twice it’s pre-auction estimate, according to Christie’s.
Q: What is an Oldsmobile Couple without a B-pillar called?
A: A Holiday
Q: What car was the first to offer air conditioning?
A: The 1939 Nash offered an optional heating – ventilation system called the “Weather Eye.”
Q: Who invented the first practical windshield wiper?
A: Prince Henry of Prussia, who fitted his new invention to his Benz, in 1911.
Q: What was the first official White House car?
A: A 1909 White Steamer, ordered by President Taft.
Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?
A: Oklahoma City, on July 16th, 1935.
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 the first car fitted with an alternator, rather than a direct current dynamo?
A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant.
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 case, as Acme closed down in 1911.
Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?
A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.
Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters?
A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first products V16.
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, MI with that honor.
Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized productions key-start system?
A: The 1949 Chryslers.
Q: What car was the first to place the horn button in the center of the steering wheel?
A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car was also the first with electric door latches.
Q: What’s the only car to appear simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek.
A: The Ford Mustang.
Q: What was the fastest internal-combustion American production car?
A: The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested by Motor Trend Magazine at 192.6 mph.
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 was the first car to use power operated seats?
A: They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.
Q: What car company was originally known as Swallow Sidecars (aka SS)?
A: Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, and ultimately the whole company by 1945.
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: What U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine?
A: The 1907 Thomas sported a 57 cubic inch (9.2 liter) engine.
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: In what year did the “double-R” Rolls Royce badge change from red to black?