Interesting cars trivia
The first and second generation Honda SUVs came standard with an innovative lift-out rear cargo floor. It served as a cover for large storage in the back and could double as a folding picnic table.
The Prelude name was originally trademarked by Toyota but was given to Honda for use. It was the first mass-produced car to have four-wheel steering. Among the first cars with VTEC technology, the Prelude could get from 0 to 96 kph in just 6.3 seconds.
The Prelude was the first in a series of vehicles from Honda with musically related names, being joined by the Quintet, Concerto, and Ballade.
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Rolls-RoyceLtd was a car and airplane engine manufacturing company founded in 1906 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. Approximately 65% of all Rolls-Royce cars ever built are still on the road today.
The hood ornament is called The Spirit of Ecstasy. Today, the Spirit of Ecstasy can be retracted into the grille by remote control or automatically in the event of a collision.
The VW Beetle
21 529 464 – this is the number of times a classic Volkswagen Beetle rolled of the manufacturing line. From the first prototype made in 1934, Beetles were being built from 1938 to 2003. That’s an incredible 65 years - making it the longest produced vehicle in history.
The Beetle broke the record held by Ford’s ModelT in 1972 with 15,007,034 vehicles produced, and was the first car worldwide to exceed sales over 20 million units.
The Classic Mini
The original name of the Mini was marketed under two different brands: the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. These eventually became the Austin Mini and the Rover Mini.
For a car of its size, four people were able to fit relatively comfortably. 80% of the car’s internal space was built to be able to accommodate passengers – this was due to the unique front wheel drive layout and sideways engine.
Still one of the world’s most favourite cars of all time, there are approximately 750 Mini Clubs world wide, with about 40% located in the UK.
The Land Rover
Fans of the Land Rover4x4 prototype was named the Centre Steer. It was originally intended for agricultural use. The steering wheel was mounted in the centre to allow it to be driven both on or off road, and on either the left or right side of the road.
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Ford Model T
Over 15 million units of the Ford Motor Company’s Model T were produced from 1908 until 1927. The Model T, popularly known as the “Tin Lizzie” or the “flivver,” was fed fuel only by gravity. This, as well as the fact that the reverse gears were more powerful than the forward gears, it often had to be driven up a steep hill backward.
In the first year of market the T was available in green, red, blue, and grey. Black was only offered in the second year. Eventually, to manufacture the popular car faster and more cheaply, only black was available.
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