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More useless automotive trivia

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM Comments comments (23)
More useless automotive trivia.
1. Toyota is not the only foreign make to win in NASCAR. In 1954, Al Keller drove a Jaguar to victory during a NASCAR race at the Linden Airport in New Jersey.
2.There was no 1998 Mazda Miata in the US.
3. VW only sold two Beetles in the USA in 1949
4. 1967 was the first year for dual circuit master cylinders preventing complete loss of braking if one circuit failed.
5. Chevrolet first produced their small block V8 in 1955.
6. Ford’s Mustang “California Special” was only made one year in 1968.
7. The last car to come with an option cassette player was the 2011 Ford Crown Vic.
8. When using the GM Tech II scan tool on a Saab 9-3 SS  if you go into the Airbag/SRS system submenu, there is a easter egg that allows the tech to play Pong on the Tech II. 
9. The AMC Pacer was supposed to have a GM supplied Rotary engine, when GM pulled the plug on their Rotary engine program it left AMC scrambling for a way to shoehorn their own straight six into the Pacer’s engine bay.
10. The 1974 Mustang II was not offered with a V8 engine. The ‘75 Mustangs had the radiator support moved several inches forward to accommodate the 5.0 liter V8. This also required the hood to be a few inches longer.
11. Honda’s first sports car, the S series, S500, S600 and the S800 had chain drive rear ends. They were produced from 1964-1966. The number in their name denotes the engine size in CCs.
12. Hardwoods were used in the body framing and flooring of early production cars. The Morgan is still made this way today.
13. The Delorean  used as the time machine in Back to the Future was not the first choice for the conveyance. The original script had a refrigerator as the time machine.
14. In 1956 Chrysler offered an option called Highway HiFi. The under dash mounted record player played 7” records available from CBS’s Columbia Record Division.
15. The 1973 Chevrolet Vega was offered with a tent option called the Hatchback Hutch.       

Useless Automotive Trivia

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM Comments comments (23)
Useless Automotive Trivia
1. Did you know the three points of the star Mercedes-Benz uses for it’s logo are a representation for the three principle modes of transportation, which include; land, sea and air.
2. Did you know MG stands for Morris Garage
3. Did you know Audi’s four circle logo represents the four companies Wanderer, Audi, Horch and DKW that joined together to make today's Audi Union, a division of VW.
4. Did you know the Gulf Oil Company was the first to offer free road maps in 1913.
5. Did you know Chevrolets Bowtie emblem first appeared in 1914.
6. Did you know Ford introduced the first electric trunk release in 1958.
7. Due to the energy crisis the 1974 Daytona 500 was shortened to 180 laps, 450 miles. This was also the year that the 55mph speed limit was enacted.
8. Did you know the Peanuts characters were first animated in 1957 for a Ford commercial.
9. Did you know most American car horns are in the key of F.
10. Did you know the first Japanese car that was built in the US was the Honda Accord. November of 1982 the first US built Accord left the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio.
11 .Did you know that in 1965 Chevrolet sold more the one million Impalas. This is a single year sales record that still stands today.
12. Did you know that all cars sold in the US in 1974 came equipped with an interlock system that did not allow the car to start unless the driver fastened his seatbelt. Most people just left the belt fastened and sat on top of it or just disabled the system. It was gone the next year.
13. Did you know the first ABS equipped production car was the 1966 Jensen FF Interceptor.   
14. Did you know The 1973 Oldsmobile Toronado was the first car with a passenger air bag intended for sale to the public.
15. Did you know there were just 300 Corvettes built in 1953. All painted Polo White. Write your post here.