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8 Amazing Automotive Facts!

It’s the beginning of spring and the end of March – and the first quarter of the year! Where is all of the time going? We’ve been busy and working hard here at Modesti’s Car Care Center, so why don’t we take a little break and share some fun and amazing automotive facts for your enjoyment. April Fool’s Day is right around the corner, but these eight automotive facts are no joke!

1. Leonardo da Vinci designed the first car. The first working automobiles didn’t come out until the late 1800s, but in 1478 Leonard da Vinci sketched drawings for a self-propelled vehicle.

Lamborghini Tracktor

2. Lamborghini used to manufacture tractors. When Lamborghini was founded in 1963, it first built tractors for several years. The owner of Lamborghini drove a Ferrari, but was having trouble with his clutch, so he decided to start manufacturing cars instead of tractors.

3. We spend two weeks waiting at traffic lights. On average, we spend at least two weeks of our entire lives waiting for a traffic light to change.

4. The first speeding ticket was given in 1904 for 12 mph. Harry Myers of Dayton, Ohio was issued the first speeding ticket in 1904 when he drove a blazing speed of 12 mph through town. Bonus fact: the largest speeding ticket fine was given to a man driving 180 mph in Switzerland and it cost him $1,000,000. Speeding ticket fines in Switzerland are based on the speed and salary of the driving.

5. The United States has the same amount of cars as and people. According to a 2007 Department of Transportation study, there were 254.4 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States. That’s one car for every person – including babies! In 1895 there were only 4 registered passenger vehicles in the US.


6. The cheapest new car sold in the US was $10,690 in 2010. In 2010, the Hyundai Accent Blue came to the US and you could buy it new for $10,690. This economy car didn’t come with an automatic transmission, air conditioning or even a radio, but it was still a new car.

7. The winner of the first car race in the US won going 71.5 mph. The first automobile race held in the US took place in Chicago in 1895. Frank Dureyea won the race with an average speed of 71.5 mph.

8. Electric cars have been around for more than 180 years. In 1828, Hungarian Anyos Jedlik created a model car with a small electric engine. Electric-powered taxis were even introduced in New York City in 1897. Electric cars lost interest in the 1920s when improvements were made to the internal combustion engine for gas-powered cars.

Now you can wow your friends with the amazing automotive facts you’ve picked up. Happy spring!


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