Thursday, June 6, 2013

Things about old cars you probably didn't know

Freedom for many people still means being able to get in your car and go wherever you want.  The automobile has vastly contributed to American freedom for this reason alone, providing people a means of "getting there" quickly, at least compared to previous modes of transportation.

It's not surprising to find the Left at war with cars.  As Jon Gabriel writes,

Since Henry Ford’s first Model T rolled off the Detroit assembly line, the car has represented the individual and freedom. Finally, the city dweller could chart his own direction outside of a subway or trolley car and the farmer could explore beyond the reach of his horse and buggy. 
But in the Age of Obama, the individual is less important than the group. Hence the push for light rail, high-speed rail, unrealistic mileage standards and emission mandates, rising energy prices, and even the state-ordered destruction of perfectly good automobiles. In the Long March toward the bright progressive future, even transportation needs to be collectivized.

Those who appreciate the automobile's role in American freedom might enjoy this trip down memory lane.  You can find more at JDJournal.



Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?
A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.


Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?
A: Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.


Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?
A: Royce Hailey’s Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.


Q: True or False?

The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and black.
A: False.

The 1953 ‘Vetted’ were available in one color, Polo White.


Q: What was Ford’s answer to the Chevy Corvette, and other legal street racers of the 1960′s?
A: Carroll Shelby’s Mustang GT350.


Q: What was the first car fitted with a replaceable cartridge oil filter?
A: The 1924 Chrysler.


Q: What was the first car to be offered with a “perpetual guarantee”?
A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA. Perpetuity was disturbing in this case, as Acme closed down in 1911.


Q: What American luxury automaker began by making cages for birds and squirrels?
A: The George N. Pierce Co. Of Buffalo, who made the Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.


Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?
A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.


Q: What car was the first to have it’s radio antenna embedded in the windshield?
A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.


Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters?
A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16


Q: Where was the World’s first three-color traffic lights installed?
A: Detroit, Michigan in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.


Q: What type of car had the distinction of being GM’s 100 millionth car built in the U.S. ?
A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado roll out of Lansing, Michigan with that honor.


Q: Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when?
A: Camden, NJ in 1933


Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system?
A: The 1949 Chryslers


Q: What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for?
A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed transmission, and dual exhaust.


Q: What U.S. Production car has the quickest 0-60 mph time?
A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409. Did it in 4.0 seconds.


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