Top 27 Interesting Facts About Automobiles You Probably Didn’t Know
The journey of modern day automobiles began in 1886 when Karl Benz, the German inventor, created an automobile featuring wire wheels along with a four-stroke engine. It was called the “Benz Patent Motorwagen,” and it was the first automobile in the world that generated its own power.
That is perhaps the only reason as to why Karl Benz is justifiably known as the inventor of modern day automobiles. Anyway, in this article, we have come up with a list of extraordinary automobile facts that you may not have heard of yet. Have a look.
Currently, there are more than 1 billion cars in use on the Earth.
Established in 1906 by Frederic Henry Royce and Charles Steward Rolls, Rolls-Royce Ltd. was initially a car and airplane engine making company.
Rolls-Royce rolled out its first vehicle in the same year of is establishment, the Silver Ghost.
The most expensive car ever sold at auction was a Ferrari 250 GTO which sold at auction for over $38 million.
The “new car smell” is composed of more than fifty volatile organic compounds used in the manufacturing of the vehicle.
The German company, Volkswagen, named several of its vehicles after wind.
Passat is a German word for trade wind; Polo stands for polar winds; Jetta stands for jet stream; Golf stands for Gulf stream.
Any average car has over thirty thousand parts in all.
More than 92% of new cars sold in Brazil use ethanol as fuel.
The name Aston Martin came from one of their founders, Lionel Martin, who used to race at the Aston Hill near Aston Clinton.
The first on-road vehicles used a lever instead of a wheel for steering purposes. It had a design and functioned in exactly the same way as that of a joystick.
Volkswagen owns Bugatti, Bentley, Audi, Ducati, Lamborghini, and Porsche.
The first recorded automobile accident occurred in 1869 in Ireland.
When the first vehicular radio was introduced, some states wanted to put a ban on it arguing that it may lead to distractions resulting in accidents.
It’s nothing short of a criminal offense in Russia to drive around in a dirty vehicle.
There are more vehicles than people in Los Angeles.
Ralph Teetor was the inventor of the cruise control feature. He was blind.
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