In the 1930s, metallic paints were invented for cars. They were made with fish scales and it would take 40,000 herring to make a single kilo of paint.
The first car ever to break 100 kmh (62mph) barrier was an electric car. The 1899 speed record of La Jamais Contente held for three years, until the reign of combustion engines started.
In 1993, a South Korean professor successfully built and tested a self-driving car, which travelled more than 300km from Seoul to Busan. His car was eventually scrapped.
Myers Motors produced a car specifically for Domino’s Pizza. Two models were produced: the original “jelly bean” model and then a hatchback model, which was nicknamed “pizza butt” because it was designed for use by Domino’s Pizza.
A study conducted in Finland found that BMW and Audi drivers are the most likely to ignore traffic regulations and drive recklessly. They are also more likely to be self centered, unempathetic, and view themselves as superior. Interestingly, the connection mostly applies to men.
After being told a jet powered car can run on anything that burns, the President of Mexico rode it running on tequila.
Drivers with more expensive cars are less likely to yield to pedestrians. A study has found that the likelihood of yielding goes down by 3% for every extra $1,000 in car value.
David Dunbar Buick was a plumber who invented the process for adhering enamel to cast iron, clearing the way for cast iron bathtubs in homes. He would later start the Buick Motor Company.
In 1963 a VW Beetle donated by the manufacturer became the first car in the Antarctic. It was so good for Antarctic use, being able to withstand temperatures below -50°C and winds above 150 km/h, that it was nicknamed “Red Terror” by the users.
When Toyota debuted its Lexus LS400 model, two drivers reported a minor issue. Toyota recalled every one of the 8000 cars sold. They sent a dealer to pick up the car and leave a loaner car free of charge. The car was returned repaired, washed, detailed, with a full tank of gas and a gift.