A LITTLE AUTOMOTIVE TRIVIA

Occasionally, we receive emails with interesting trivia questions - and more importantly, sometimes the answers. Here is a brief grouping of some recent trivia questions. See how many you may know - Enjoy!

GROUP ONE (1-5) - WHEN AND WHERE:
(Note: Some might be a little tricky, they are not meant to be)

1.  Was the first gas station location?

2. Was the first traffic signal installed?

3.  Was the first drive-in restaurant?

4. Was the first drive-in movie theater?

5. Was the first Parking Meter installed?
Answers: Questions 1-5

1.  In 1907, the first gas station was a Standard Oil facility located in Seattle, WA.  
In 1913, the first automobile service station was a Gulf Oil facility located in Pittsburgh, PA.

2.   On August 5, 1914, the American Traffic Signal Co, installed a device telling drivers to "Stop" or "Move" using red and green signs in Cleveland, OH. 
In 1919 or 1920, a four-way, three-light signal, common to what is used today, was installed in Detroit, MI

3.  During September 1921 at Royce-Hailey's Pig Stand, Dallas, TX

4.  On Tuesday, June 6, 1933 on Crescent Blvd., in Camden, NJ 

5.  On July16th, 1935 the world's first parking meter, known as the Park-O-Meter No. 1, was installed on the corner of First Street and Robinson Ave. in Oklahoma City, OK 


GROUP TWO (6-12) - CLASSIC CAR FACTS:
6.  T-F: The 1953 Corvette was offered in White, Red or a Black finish?

7.  The only vehicle to appear on the cover of Time and Newsweek simultaneously was?

8.  What did the Oldsmobile designation 4-4-2 mean?

9.  What US production car had the fastest recorded 0-60 mph in 1962?

10. What was GM's 100 millionth production car built in the US?

11.  Which Chrysler "Letter Car" sold the fewest number?

12.  What Make and Model car was reportedly designed on the back of a Northwest Airlines airsick bag and released for sale on April Fool's Day?

Answers:    Questions 6-12
6.   False - the 1953 Vetted was only offered in Polo White

7.  The Ford Mustang - Week of April 17, 1964


8.  The Oldsmobile 4-4-2 designation meant: 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission with posi-traction and a dual exhaust


9.  The 1962 Chevy Impala SS 409 - 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and was the inspiration for the Beach Boys classic car song "409"

10.  On March 16, 1966 with completion of an Oldsmobile Tornado
11.  The 1963 Chrysler 300 "J" only sold 400 units

12.  The 1970 AMC Gremlin

GROUP THREE - CLASSIC CAR "FIRSTS"

13.  What auto manufacturer was first to feature a production key-start ignition?

14.  What Year, Make and Model automobile was first to feature an alternator instead of a direct-current dynamo?

15.  What was the first Make & Model automobile to feature an embedded radio antenna in the windshield?

16.  What year did Cadillac introduce the first electric sunroof?

17.  When were seat belts first used in an automobile?

18.  What was the first automobile to feature power operated seats?

19.  What was the first automobile to locate the horn in the center of the steering wheel?

20.   What production automobile successfully used hydraulic valve lifters?
Answers:   Question 13-17

13.  Chrysler in 1949
14.  1960 Plymouth Valiant
15. Pontiac Grand Prix in 1969
16.  1969
17.  In 1902, the Baker Electric Streamliner Racer crashed on Staten Island, NY at 100 mph 
18.  Packard in 1947
19.  The Scripps-Booth Model C in 1915
20.  The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16
Great Motoring in your Classic!

Courtesy to:  Wikipedia and the Antique Car Club of America

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