Interesting Automobile Facts

Automobiles don’t only aid in getting us from point A to point B, they are also a collector’s item for some, a passion for others, and a hobby for even more.  Interestingly enough while exploring the automobile world via the world wide web I found some entertaining and unknown facts about cars that I never knew before.  So for you car enthusiast out there and for those that would like a little history and less commonly known facts about automobiles here you go!

First things first the most stolen car out there without a doubt is the Honda Accord.  Maybe it’s the easy access to the car that thieves can obtain or perhaps the hot wiring of the engine, either way this is the most stolen car out there.  Being the ugliest car out there to be manufactured in history, the AMC Gremlin , probably was never stolen! Although it did help create the body style we see on that of SUV’s the Gremlin was deemed the ugliest car and production was only done from 1970-1978.  At the time a brand new Gremlin would go for $1,879 dollars which in today’s society would be about $11,000!

The most beautiful car made on the other hand is the 1946 Cisitalia 202 GT.  It is so beautiful in fact it has it’s own permanent exhibit in the New York Museum Of Modern Art.

One fact that I was happy to read was that automobile fatalities have decreased by 80% in the last 50 years.  In fact 2010 proved to be the lowest number of traffic fatalities recorded in over 62 years!  Either cars are being made better and are a lot safer or people are getting better at driving.

Another interesting fact is that whale oil was used as transmission oil on some cars until 1973!  Whale who knew that???

The 1970 Oldsmobile 442 was one of the fastest cars of it’s time.  It was recorded as going from 0-60mph in just 6 seconds!!

From 1908-1946 the Ford Model T was offered in a variety of colors but not black.  However after re-evaluating cost it was found that black paint was the cheapest and most durable and now the Ford T is ONLY available in black.  

As of now Nevada, California, and Florida are the only 3 states that have legalized self driving cars on their roads and freeways!  With other states such as Arizona and Missouri to name a few in the running to legalize them as well I believe that we will see a lot more self driving cars on the roads in the near future!

Lastly and probably my favorite fact is that electric cars existed long before our time.  In fact  from 1905-1920 Rauch and Lang manufactured electric cars.  Only after gas prices became so low and affordable did they stop producing their electric cars and switch to gas combustion engines in an effort to save money and also create more appeal to the consumer.  

These are just a few of the most interesting automobile facts out there and there is sure to be many more.  The automobile is an incredible invention and proves to be refined in design and safety regularly making it an ever changing and growing industry.