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Read up on some fun, interesting facts about cars. America stands for “car,” right? Here are some fun facts about cars and their colorful past.

  • The car is one of the most recognizable inventions of the modern era.
  • The first cars did not have steering wheels. Drivers steered with a lever.
  • The first practical four-stroke engine was invented by the Otto and Langen Company of Deutz, Germany.
    Japan produced the most passenger vehicles/most total vehicles world wide in 2006.

    Japan produced the most passenger vehicles/most total vehicles world wide in 2006.

  • In 1887, Benz was the first car company to be offered for sale.
  • The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.
  • Windshield wipers were introduced by a woman.
  • The first gas gauge appeared in cars in 1922.
  • The first car radio was invented in 1929.
  • Ferrari makes a maximum of 14 cars every day.
  • Hong Kong is home to the most Rolls Royce’s in the world.
  • It takes about 25 hours to build a car, a whopping 10 hours of that 25 is spent painting the car.
  • An airbag takes only 40 milliseconds to deflate.
  • 16% of people never wash their car.
  • The automobile is the most recycled product in the world.
  • Hitler, while in prison wrote to a Mercedes-Benz dealership begging for a car loan.
  • 90% of drivers sing behind the wheel. (The others are too embarrassed to admit it!)
  • A car was created that is fueled by cappuccino as an attempt at creating a renewable energy source.
  • The heaviest limousine weighs over 50,000 pounds and houses up to 40 passengers.
  • Many British traffic police officers carry teddy bears to console children after car crashes.
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