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Interesting Facts - Automobiles

For every 50 miles driven in an automobile, a person has a 1 in a million chance of being killed in a motoring accident.

In 1906 a car known as the Autocar was manufactured in the United States with a new invention-headlights (they burned kerosene). The Autocar, however, lacked another important accessory, the steering wheel. The driver directed the vehicle by means of a stick-like shaft situated to the right of the driver's seat.

Most boats have also increased in price just like automobiles have due to cost of materials and labor. Yachts for sale in Florida can sell for even more than the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita.

In 1924 a Ford automobile cost $265.

Most American automobile horns beep in the key of F.

The Buick, first automobile manufactured by the General Motors Corporation, was actually built by a man named David Buick. Buick, a plumber by trade, also invented a process whereby porcelain could be annealed onto iron, hence making possible the production of the white porcelain bathtub.

License Fee
No two-cycle engines are allowed in Singapore. The license fee for a new car is low, about $5.00, but as the vehicle gets older, this fee increases. When the automoblie reaches 8 years old, it is no longer allowed on the streets. This is opposite of the license-fee structure in the U.S. While strict, Singapore's auto law has virtually wiped out air pollution in the country. They snap up unsold auto parts inventories on older models and then resell the parts to other countries where the cars are still on the road and plentiful.

Most Cars
In 1950 the United States had 70 percent of all the automobiles, buses, and trucks in the entire world.

The price of the average American automobile doubled during the ten-year period between 1968 and 1978.

The most expensive car as of now is the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita - $4.8 million! Koenigsegg makes its first appearance on our list with the CCXR Trevita, and it does so as the most expensive street-legal production car in the world. Why so much coin? With no exaggeration, the car is literally coated in diamonds Ö and diamonds arenít cheap. For the Trevita, the Swedish manufacturer developed a new exterior finish called the Koenigsegg Proprietary Diamond Weave, which involves coating carbon fibers with a diamond dust-impregnated resin. We canít even fathom how much the touch-up paint costs. Underneath the lustrous finish lies a 4.8-liter, dual-supercharged V8 with a total output of 1,004 horsepower and 797 pound-feet of torque, which means it should have little to no trouble overtaking semis on the freeway. The carís specifications ó in both performance and price ó are nearly comical at this point, and just three were ever made.

The first automobile race ever seen in the United States was held in Chicago in 1895. The track ran from Chicago to Evanston. The winner was J. Frank Duryea, whose average speed was 71.5 miles per hour.

The earliest conviction of speeding in a car is believed to have been in 1896, when Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent was fined for doing 8 mph in a 2 mph zone.

The high roofs of London taxicabs were originally designed to keep gentlemen from knocking off their top hats as they entered and left the vehicles.

In 1905 the Bosco Company of Akron, Ohio, marketed a "collapsible Rubber Automobile Driver." The figure, deflated and kept under the seat when not in use, was a kind of dummy intended to scare thieves away when the car was parked.

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