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  • Keith Richards named his ‘60s-era Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur the “Blue Lena” after singer Lena Horne.
  • Bonnie and Clyde were so impressed with their Model A that they wrote Henry Ford a personal “thank you” note.
  • John Lennon famously transformed his 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine into a wildly painted psychedelic symbol of the anti-establishment.
  • No Corvettes were sold in the model year 1983 due to production problems and delays. However, one 1983 test car does exist at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • Currently manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Chevrolet Corvette is the official sports car of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • The Chevrolet Corvette is named after a type of small, lightly armed warship called a Corvette.
  • The Ford Mustang is named after the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane.
  • Founded in 1925 by Gustaf Larson and Assar Gabrielsson, Volvo is Latin for “I Roll”
  • At a mere 54 inches long and just 41 inches wide, the ‘60s-era Peel P50 holds the record for the smallest automobile to go into production.
  • With more than 37 million cars sold, the Toyota Corolla holds the title as the best-selling automobile of all-time.
  • In the 1960s, comedian Bill Cosby bought a super rare twin-supercharged, 800-hp version of the iconic Shelby Cobra. After one drive, Cosby was so terrified by the Cobra’s power that he returned the sports car.
  • The Curved Dash Oldsmobile is credited as being the first mass-produced automobile.
  • The Galvin Brothers offered the first commercial in-car radio for $130 in 1930. To put the hefty price tag in perspective, a Model A Deluxe coupe costs around $540.
  • In 1952, Blaupunkt introduced the first in-car FM radio.
  • On average, Americans pay 8 times more for a gallon of Starbuck’s grande latte than for a gallon of gasoline.
  • America’s first automobile race was held on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1895. Winner Frank Duryea won the event with an average time of 7.3 miles per hour.
  • Stock car racing has its roots during Prohibition when drivers used modified cars to run bootleg whiskey through country roads
  • The Rolls-Royce hood ornament is called the Spirit of Ecstasy.
  • A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond films "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" sold for $4.6 million in 2012.
  • The Chevrolet bow-tie emblem first appeared in 1914.
  • The first electric traffic light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914.
  • In 1901, Connecticut set the first speed limit in America by passing a state law that required automobiles to go no faster than 12 mph in cities.
  • Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company on June 16, 1903, with $28,000 in cash from 12 investors.
  • In 1939, Buick became the first car company to make turn signals standard equipment.
  • The 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T was the first car to carry the “R/T” designation, which stood for “Road & Track” since the car was suitable for both road and track.
  • The most popular color for the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda was “Plum Crazy”
  • The Dodge Charger’s famous flip-out hidden headlights were removed in 1973 when Dodge decided to rebrand the model as a sporty family car.
  • Considered by some to be the first real muscle car, the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 carried a 303 cubic-inch V-8 that produced only 135 horses.
  • The Chrysler 426 had a famous Hemi engine that was nicknamed “The Elephant” due to its large dimensions and heavy weight. When it was first produced in 1964, it was the biggest engine used in NASCAR.
  • Ferrari’s “Prancing Horse” emblem is modeled after a badge that was used on warplanes flown by Francesco Baracca, an Italian aviator and hero of World War I.
  • Maserati’s trident logo was inspired by the statue of Neptune in the central square of Bologna, Italy, the original hometown of the legendary carmaker.
  • In 1916, 55% of all cars on the road were Ford Model Ts
  • In the early ‘60s, Henry Ford II tried to buy the legendary sports carmaker Ferrari.
  • "Money is like an arm or a leg. Use it or lose it." —Henry Ford
  • The first Thunderbird rolled off the lines in 1955, it was meant to be a direct competitor to the Chevrolet Corvette.
  • Prior the 1920s, cars didn't have gas gauges. Drivers had to estimate how much fuel was left in the tank—or risk running out.
  • The average American will spend two weeks of their life sitting at red lights.
  • The 1948 Tucker Torpedo was designed with three headlights, including one in the center of the grill.
  • An airbag takes approximately 40 milliseconds to inflate after an accident.
  • In 2012, Steve McQueen’s 1968 Ford GT40 sold at auction for $11 million—a record for an American car on the auction block.
  • The Porsche Spyder that James Dean died in was nicknamed “Little Bastard”
  • Comedian Jerry Seinfeld spent five years and almost $1.4 million turning an abandoned New York City warehouse into his own private garage for his car collection.
  • Former President Bill Clinton owned a blue 1967 Ford Mustang convertible. It was said to have been the hardest thing to leave behind when Clinton moved into the White House.
  • You win some, you lose some, you wreck some. – Dale Earnhardt Sr.
  • NASCAR was founded in 1947–48 by Bill France, Sr.
  • Richard Petty has the most wins in NASCAR history with 200—almost double the total of any other driver.
  • The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 267 mph
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