11 May 2014

An easy quiz - and a nice trip at the same time

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

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

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 case,
As Acme closed down in 1911.
Q: What American luxury automaker began
By making cages for birds and squirrels?

A: The George N. Pierce Co. Of  Buffalo , who
Made the Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.
Q: What car first referred to itself as a

A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a
Removable hard top.
Q: What car was the first to have it's radio
Antenna embedded in the windshield?

A: The 1969  Pontiac Grand Prix.
Q: What car used the first successful
Series-production hydraulic valve lifters?

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
Roll out 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 system?

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 the horn
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 Newsweek?

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
by Motor Trend magazine at 192.6 mph.
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 well as 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 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: 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 a retractable 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 Cadillac
introduce 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.
(9.2liter) 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.
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 Garages.
Q: In what year did the "Double-R" Rolls
Royce badge change from red to black?

A: 1933

Trivia...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 trucks.  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".

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