18 Quirky Car Facts

1902

The year the first speeding ticket was issued, when most cars could barely reach 45 mph.

82 years 

Is the number of years Mr. Allen Swift of Springfield, MA drove his 1928 Rolls-Royce Roadster.

1896

When the first road traffic death occurred.

1907

The world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, Brooklands opened in Weybridge, Surrey.

42 seconds

The fastest time it took to remove and replace a car engine, in a Ford Escort, on 21st November 1985.

1927

The first electric traffic light was launched in Wolverhampton.

1769

The first automobile accident. The damaged vehicle is still preserved in the Conservatoire Nationale des Arts Metiers in Paris.

19 inches

The height of the world’s lowest street legal car. The Flatmobile was built by Perry Watkins from Buckinghamshire.

22 hours, 10 minutes and 33 seconds

The time it took for Hugh Edeleanu to drive a JCB Excavator from John O’Groats to Land’s End at an average speed of 40 mph.

1935

The first coin-operated parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City.

$200,000

The iconic Rolls-Royce hood ornament is called “The Spirit of Ecstasy”. In 2008, a special edition diamond-encrusted version was designed with an asking price of $200,000.

5 shillings

The fine for the first motor offence in the UK, issued to petrol engine pioneer, John Henry Knight, in 1895 for not having a license.

$1,000,000

The largest speeding fine ever, given to a Swedish man who got clocked doing 180 mph in Switzerland where fines are proportionate to income.

1884


The year the world’s oldest surviving car was built in France for the Count De Dion. It was sold at an auction in 2011 for $4.6 million.

19 people

 

Can be crammed into a Smart car.

Hitler

While in prison, wrote to a Mercedes-Benz dealership begging for a car loan.

90%

Of drivers sing behind the wheel.

6 months

The time it would take to reach the moon if you could drive straight upwards at 60 mph.



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