Totally random yet generally interesting facts and automotive trivia.
What was the world’s first production motorcycle?
German inventor Gottlieb Daimler gets credit as the “Father of the Motorcycle.” But in 1894, the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first motorcycle available to the public for purchase.
What was the first car with tailfins?
Inspired by the P-38 Lightning fighter plane, GM Styling Vice President and creator of the Corvette, Harley Earl, is credited with overseeing the introduction of tailfins on the 1948 Cadillac.
When was the first transcontinental motorcycle trip?
On May 16, 1903, George Adams Wyman left San Francisco on his 1.25-hp, 90cc. 120-mpg “California” brand motorcycle. With no real roads to drive on, Wyman made over half the journey pounding over the ties of the trans-continental railroad. Fifty days later he arrived in New York City—a faster, cross-country time than Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson set in his Winton Automobile that same year—Wyman became the first person ever to cross to continent on a motorized vehicle.
Least-expensive automobile of all time?
In 1927 the Ford Model-T sold for $300, which is still under $4,000 in inflation-adjusted 2010 dollars.