26 February 2015

Thursday Trivia: The Car Edition

Q: What was the first official White House car?

A: A 1909 White Steamer, ordered by President Taft.

Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?

A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.

Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?

A: Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.

Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?

A: Royce Hailey's Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.

Q: True or False?  The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and black.

A: False. The 1953 'Vett's were available in one color, Polo White.

Q: What was Ford's answer to the Chevy Corvette, 
and other legal street racers of the 1960's?  

A: Carroll Shelby's Mustang GT350.

Q: What was the first car fitted with an alternator, rather than a direct current dynamo?

A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant

Q: What was the first car fitted with  a replaceable cartridge oil filter?

A: The 1924 Chrysler.

Q: What was the first car to be  offered with a "perpetual guarantee"?

A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA. Perpetuity was disturbing in this case,
as Acme closed down in 1911.

Q: What American luxury automaker began
by making cages for birds and squirrels?

A: The George N. Pierce Co. of Buffalo, who made
the Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.

Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?

A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.

Q: What car was the first to have it's radio
antenna embedded in the windshield?

A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Q: What car used the first successful 
series-production hydraulic valve lifters?

A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16

Q: Where was the World's first  three-color traffic lights installed?

A: Detroit, Michigan in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.

Q: What type of car had the distinction of being 
GM's 100 millionth car built in the U.S.?

A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado roll
out of Lansing, Michigan with that honor.

Q: Where was the first drive-in  movie theater opened, and when?

A: Camden, NJ in 1933

Q: What autos were the first to use a 
standardized production key-start system?

A: The 1949 Chryslers

Q: What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for?

A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed  transmission, and dual exhaust.

Q: What car was the first to place the
horn button in the center of the steering wheel?

A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car also 
was the first with electric door latches.

Q: What U.S. production car has the quickest  0-60 mph time?

A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409. Did it in 4.0 seconds.

Q: What's the only car to appear simultaneously 
on the covers of Time and Newsweek?

A: The Mustang

Q: What was the lowest priced mass produced American car?

A: The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. Cost $260, $5 less than 1924.

Q: What is the fastest internal-combustion American production car?

A: The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested by
Motor Trend magazine at 192.6 mph. (Note: I believe the new 2015 Corvette Z06 has a top speed of 197.)

Q: What automaker's first logo incorporated the Star of David?

A: The Dodge Brothers.
Q: Who wrote to Henry Ford, "I have drove fords exclusively when I could get away with one . It has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasn't been strictly legal it don't hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8"?

A: Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde) in 1934.
Q: What car was the first production V12, as well
as the first production car with aluminum pistons?

A: The 1915 Packard Twin-Six. Used during WWI in Italy, these motors inspired Enzi Ferrari to adopt the V12 himself in 1948.

Q: What was the first car to use power operated seats?

A: They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.

Q: Which of the Chrysler "letter cars" sold the fewest amount?

A: Only 400, 1963, 300J's were sold.
They skipped" "I" because it looked like a number 1.

Q: What car company was originally
known as Swallow Sidecars (aka SS)?

A: Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, 
and ultimately the whole company by 1945.

Q: What car delivered the first production
V12 engine?

A: The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after 
Packard's chief engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent, 
introduced its Twin-Six.

Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?

A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which crashed at 100 mph. on Staten Island!

Q: In January 1930, Cadillac debuted it's V16 in a car named for a theatrical version of a 1920's  film seen by Harley Earl while designing the body, What's that name?

A: The "Madam X", a custom coach designed by Earl and built by Fleetwood. The sedan featured a retractable landau top above the rear seat.

Q: Which car company started out German, 
yet became French after WWI?

A: Bugati, founded in Molsheim in 1909, became 
French when Alsace returned to French rule.

Q: In what model year did Cadillac
introduce the first electric sunroof?

A: 1969

Q: What U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine?

A: The 1907 Thomas sported a 571 cu. in. (9.2 liter) engine.

Q: What car was reportedly designed on the back of a Northwest Airlines airsickness bag and released on April Fool's Day, 1970?

A: 1970 Gremlin, (AMC)

Q: What is the Spirit of Ecstasy?

A: The official name of the mascot of Rolls Royce, 
she is the lady on top of their radiators.  Also known as "Nellie in her nighty".

Q: What was the inspiration for MG's famed octagon-shaped badge?

A: The shape of founder Cecil Kimber's dining table.  MG stands for Morris Garages.

Q: In what year did the "double-R" Rolls 
Royce badge change from red to black?

A: 1933

More trivia...
Ford, who made the first pick-up trucks, shipped them to dealers in crates that the new owners had to assemble, using the crates as the beds of the trucks.
The new owners had to go to the dealers to get them, thus they had to pick up the trucks. And now you know the "rest of the story".

h/t Dana


Cathy said...

Hey! Between hubby and I we got 7 !!

Keads said...

Thanks for the trivia!

Rev. Paul said...

Way to go, Cathy & Hubby!

You're welcome, Kelly. :)

Old NFO said...

Good trivia there! :-)

joated said...

Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Chickenmom said...

Hubby and I had a '64 409 - sure wish we still owned it!

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, NFO.

You're welcome, joated.

Chickenmom, I hear that clearly. I had a '68 Super Bee in college, and have been crying over its loss ever since.

Sandy said...


Great trivia questions. It was Carl C. Magee who created that parking meter if I remember correctly.

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, thanks. And Magee? I didn't know that. :)