Did you know that about 165,000 cars are manufactured every day? And there are almost 1 billion cars on the earth. An average car consists of 30,000 parts minimum. Learn more about cars’ history, continuous innovation, manufacturing and their interesting facts in this article below that you might have never heard before:
The World’s First Automobile
Carl Benz developed the first automobile in 1885. The speed of the car was 16km per hour. It had an excellent design and was known as the Benz Patent Motorwagen.
The World’s First Low-Cost Car
In 1908, Henry Ford manufactured the Model T which became the first car available at a low price. The reason for the low cost of this car was the moving assembly line system that enabled Henry Ford to sell Model Ts at a price lower than his competitors.
Henry Ford made eight different models (A, B, C, F, K, N, R, S-) of the same car before he could launch the extraordinary Model T.
The World’s Best-Selling Car
If we talk about top-selling car around the world then undoubtedly it is only one name, and that is the Toyota Corolla. It is sold over 150 countries and different regions. Can you believe that the company sells 1 corolla every 15 seconds? Since its production, Toyota has sold up to 44 million Corollas that are 20 percent of the company’s overall sales (a rough calculation).
The Most Expensive Country to Buy A New Car!
Singapore is the most expensive country in the world to purchase a new car. It charges lots of taxes on all new car purchases, and it is obligatory for car owners to buy a certificate of entitlement (COE). This is because Singapore is trying to get rid of congestion by limiting the number of people who can own the car. In easy words, they don’t want everyone to have a car there. The place already hasn’t got much space at all, and about 7,807 people live on every sq. km of land.
But the people of Singapore understand this problem and are willing to jump through necessary hoops by taking MRT train instead.
The Longest Car in The World
This prestigious title is taken by a custom-built limousine by California car guru Jay Ohrberg. The car is recorded by the Guinness World Records as the longest car ever built whose length is 100 meters. To your surprise, the car has a built-in swimming pool with diving board and a king-sized water bed, and a helicopter pad as well.
Tata Nano of Tata Motors
Tata Nano was manufactured by the Indian automotive company, Tata Motors. This car is the world’s cheapest car, a rear-wheel-drive car that can run at a speed of 105 km per hour. When it was first introduced, the price was only $1,442, but the price has risen to about $3,260-$4,616 with the increase in material costs.
Unfortunately, it is not street legal in the US, and cannot be sold until 2034.
World’s Fastest Police Car
The fact is certified by Guinness World Records. The world’s fastest police car is none other than Bugatti Veyron that is commonly used by Dubai Police. It uses a 16-cylinder engine which produces 1,000 horsepower. Surprisingly, the car has a top speed of 253 mph (407km/h) and has a remarkable ability to climb from 0 to 60mph in just two and a half seconds.
Car Costs in The Early 1900s
Back in the early 1900s, the cost of buying a car would be around $825. It’s hard to believe that the Ford Model T was worth $950 only. The prices seem to be unimaginable, but they would be thousands of dollars in today’s time.
In 1935, The First Coin-Operated Parking Meter Was Installed in Oklahoma City
The “Park-O-Meter” is the world’s first parking meter. It was installed between the First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on July 16, 1935.
In 1927, The First Electric Traffic Lights Were Launched in Wolverhampton
The first electric traffic lights in the United Kingdom were installed in Wolverhampton in 1927. Actually, the country had its first traffic lights, but a policeman had to operate them.
The Longest Living Car
The P1 Roadster by Rolls-Royce was droved, treasured by its owner for a good 82 years. Isn’t it amazing?
The Iconic Rolls-Royce Hood Ornament is Called ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’. In 2008, A Special Edition Diamond-Encrusted Version Was Designed, With an Asking Price Of $200,000
The “Spirit of Ecstasy” is studded with over a hundred 150-carat diamonds. It was designed by jewelry maker Jean Kemanjian on behalf of Manhattan Motorcars. How many of you knew that the Rolls Royce HP-15 is one of the rarest cars on the earth? The reason for this is that only 6 of these cars were produced in the world. Out of them, only one car is still available which is estimated to be worth $35 million.
also, Hong Kong (Chinese administrative region) has more Rolls-Royce cars per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Related article: History of the Rolls-Royce Car Emblem
The Fastest Time for Removing A Car Engine, And Replacing It Using A Ford Escort
On 21 November 1985, this historic car engine change took only 42 seconds! And nothing else has beaten that record ever since.
A Car That Was Fueled by Coffee
Isn’t it strange to know that a car was manufactured which was fueled by cappuccino as a trial of creating a renewable energy source? The system of the car operated in a way that it changed used coffee grounds to flammable gas. To run one mile, it required 56 espressos in the “carpuccino”.
Related article: Types of Alternative Fuel Cars
Issuance of the License to Self-Driving Cars
Firstly, Nevada issued the license for the self-driving cars. These are autonomous cars that are able to drive from point A to point B without having a driver. They use maps and highly advanced technology to accomplish the task and reach the destination on time. Researchers say that these cars are more likely to reduce road accidents in the future.
Incredibly, 80% of the average car is recyclable. In America, 12 million vehicles are recycled every year. Unbelievably, automotive recycling is the 16th largest industry in the U.S.
World’s Favorite Car Color
White color was the world’s most likable color in 2013. As stated by the Australian study, white cars are less likely to be involved in accidents.
Today, other popular colors include black, silver, and shades of grey.
The Official Speed Record
The official land speed record set by Andy Green from the UK is 1,227.985 km/h on 15th of October 1997 in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Also, it is the first car to break the sound barrier.
The Formula 1 Automobile Racing
The Formula 1 has its roots in the European Grand Prix Motor Racing. The name Formula represents a set of rules to which all participants and cars must follow. There are 10 Formula-1 teams including Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull etc. Collectively, these teams spend a total of $2.6 billion annually to keep Formula One’s wheels turning. It involves the expenses of car cost, team management cost, driver cost, and other misc. costs.
Related article: Formula Racing – An Amazing Sport
$8.7 Million Was the Price of The Most Expensive Car Ever Made
This rare car is a 1931 Bugatti Royle Kellner Coupe, also known as “Type 41,” was sold in 1987.
Largest Producers of the Cars in the World
China and the US are the leading countries to manufacture the most cars. However, Japan became the third largest manufacturer of cars in 1980.
The Most Popular Car of the 20th Century
The world’s most loved car in the 20th century was Volkswagen Beetle. Over 20 million units were sold worldwide, and the Volkswagen Beetle made its place on the list of people’s top favorite car.
Want to know more about the world’s most distinguished vehicles and their history? Check out this fantastic book “Cars: A Complete History” written by Simon Heptinstall – it is indeed a gem for auto enthusiasts of all ages.