Interesting Car Facts

Automobiles have been around for over 130 years. Along the way, cars have changed a lot, paving the path to modern life. The history of automobiles is full of weird, shocking, and intriguing stories. We’ve scoured the web to find the best car facts. 

1. The year 1886 is considered to be the birth of the modern car. In that year, German inventor Carl Benz built a modern automobile called the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Source

2. There are currently over 1 billion cars on the earth. Source

3. The United States has more cars than any other country in the world, at 300 million. China comes in a distant second, at 78 million. Source

4. A single car has about 30,000 parts. About 80% of a car is recyclable. Source

5. Approximately 75% of the cars that Rolls Royce has produced in its history are still on the road. Source

6. Rolls-Royce Ltd. was essentially a car and airplane engine making company, established in 1906 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. Source

7. In the year 1916, 55% of the cars in the world were Model T Ford, which is still an unbroken record. Source

8. Volkswagen owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati, and Porsche. Source

9. The average American spends about 38 hours a year stuck in traffic. Source

10. The world’s fastest street-legal production car is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, at 267 mph. Source

11. Having no recollection of your drive to work or school is called “highway hypnosis.” Source

12. The most often stolen car in the United States is the Honda Accord. Rounding out the top five are the Honda Civic, the Ford Pickup (full size), the Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size), and the Toyota Camry. Source

13. Chevrolet introduced the first car radio in 1922, with a huge price tag of $200. Many safety agencies believed the radio was distracting and sought to ban them from cars. Source

14. The most expensive street-legal car in the world is the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, at $4.8 million. It is literally coated in diamonds. There are just 3 in existence. Source

15. The first Ford cars made actually had Dodge engines. Source

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