DID YOU KNOW? FAST FACTS ABOUT CARS AND CAR HISTORY – PART 2-By NANA SETH

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The first motorcar to arrive in South Africa, in January 1897, was the one of the first cars ever made, the 1 hp Benz Voiturette.

Mercedes Benz cars are named after Mercedes Jellinek.

The first neon sign was made in 1923 for a Packard dealership.

Studebaker was founded in 1852 as a wagon maker. In 1902 they launched an electric vehicle and in 1904 a gasoline-driven car.

In 1955, the Ford Thunderbird outsold the Chev Corvette 24 to one:  16,155 vs 673. The Thunderbird was produced until 1957; the Corvette is still in production.

In 1969, the last Corvair, an Olympic Gold Monza Coupe number #6000, was painted gold.

School buses in the United States used to be Omaha Orange but now are Chrome Yellow.

The raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts dots.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

In the early 1960’s, Porsche manufactured farm tractors.

At the beginning of the millennium Hong Kong was the city with the most Rolls Royces per capita.

In the first decade-and-a-half of the 21 Century, the Volkswagen Group generated almost two-thirds of its profits in China.

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