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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Car

CAR HISTORY

The Benz Patent-Motorwagen (or motorcar) was officially unveiled by Karl Benz on July 3, 1886. It is widely regarded as the world's first automobile; that is, a vehicle designed to be propelled by an internal combustion engine. The original cost of the vehicle was $1,000.



The first recorded theft of a motor car occurred in Paris on June 1, 1896, when a Peugeot belonging to Baron de Zuylen was stolen by his mechanic.

In 1900, 40% of American automobiles were powered by steam and 38% by electricity.

The first pedestrian killed by a car in the UK was Bridget Driscoll, 44, of Croydon in 1896. Curiously, her almost namesake, Bridget O’Driscoll was a Titanic survivor in 1912.

Theodore Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to make a public ride in an automobile when on August 22, 1902 he kicked off a tour of New England with a car ride through Connecticut.


In 1914, it was estimated that nine out of every ten cars in the world were Fords.

When Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated on June 28, 1914, he was driving in a Gräf & Stift Bois de Boulogne Double Phaeton luxury limousine, which had been purchased by Count Franz von Harrach on December 15, 1910. Harrach's car was fitted with a four-cylinder engine delivering 32 PS.

The 1910 Gräf & Stift Bois de Boulogne phaeton automobile in which Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated.

The 1922 Essex was the first popularly priced car available with a closed body. The two-door, six-cylinder sedan was called the Essex Coach and sold for $945.



The 1939 World's Fair in New York featured driverless vehicle technology, and experts were sure it would be a reality by the 1960s.

The Toyota Corolla was first introduced in 1966, and has a model name that comes from the Latin word for “small crown.” It is now the most common automobile in the world.

CAR RECORDS

The longest car ever made was a 100 foot-long Cadillac with 26 wheels, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a helipad and a hinged section in the middle to enable it to turn corners.

The highest speed officially reached by a standard production car is 269 mph — by the $1.9 million Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It takes 2.5 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. The Super Sport is recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest street-legal production car in the world.

At top speed, the Bugatti Veyron will empty its 26 gallon tank in 12 minutes.

FUN CAR FACTS

The average number of cars stolen per day in Mexico City this year is 124.

In Johannesburg, the average car will be involved in an accident once every four years.

Cars release about 333 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually — 20 per cent of the world’s total.

More pollution is emitted from the average home compared to the average car.

The average North American car contains 300 pounds of plastics.

In an average lifetime, people spend four years traveling in cars and six months waiting for red light to turn green.

Red is the most popular car color in the US.


Most American car horns beep in the key of F.

The least ticketed car in the US is the Dodge Viper.

It’s against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland.

Cars with a number plate ending with 1 or 2 are not allowed on the roads on a Monday in the Philippines. Other numbers are similarly banned on other weekdays.

95% of a car's lifetime is spent parked—they are typically in motion for 1.02 hours per day.

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