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Fun Car Facts and Trivia

Think you know alot about cars? Check out our list of some little known interesting facts and trivia about automobiles! If you have any facts or trivia that you would like to share please contact us! We would love to add more to our list!

  1. The 1st automobile racetrack in the US was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which consists of 3 million cobblestones.

  2. In its 1st year the VW Beetle sold only 330 cars in the United States.

  3. Women spend more than $65 million on new cars and trucks, influence 80 percent of all new car purchases, and will buy 60 percent of new cars in 2001.

  4. In 1916, 55 percent of the cars in the world were Model T Fords, a record that has never been beaten.

  5. 135 million cars travel the nation's roads and interstates each day.

  6. The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

  7. One seventh of the new auto/truck sales in the US are in Southern California.

  8. The average 1999 model year automobile cost $5,674 per year to own and operate.

  9. In the 1970's cars were scrapped almost twice as often as small trucks, but over the years cars have become more durable and in 1999 the scrappage rate was almost equal.

  10. The city with the most Rolls Royce's per capita is Hong Kong.

  11. Windshield wipers were invented by a woman.

  12. The brake light in the rear windows was put there after a suggestion by Elizabeth Dole.

  13. The first person to win the Indianapolis 500 at a speed of over 100 MPH without a relief driver was Billy Arnold who won in 1930 with an average speed of 100.448 MPH.

  14. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At the time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

  15. In 2002 30% of the cars sold were SUVs.

  16. The first gas gauge appeared in cars in 1922.

  17. The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.

  18. The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, NJ in 1933.

  19. The World's first three-colored traffic lights were installed in Detroit, Michigan in 1919.

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