- Apr 1, 2008
- 2003 VW Beetle, 2017 Abarth Fiat 500c
That would be rather accurate too.
Yeah, I'm looking at other cars for now. Anyway to get things back on track(to randomness I mean):
What the fuck?
Also, what was the first production car with alloys?
I seem to remember a clip from TG where Hammond claimed it was the Dolomite/Triumph Sprint?
The first use of an alloy wheel in a production car (that anyone can trace) is the 1924 Bugatti Type 35, but it doesn't seem to have caught on - and the Type 35 was more of a homologation special than a full production car anyway.Standard alloy wheels were the first for a British production car on the Dolomite Sprint.
FTFYThis video rather accurately portrays what my car went through when I commuted through Lowell.
A friend with a 68 Chevelle has the obscured wipers. He made the same observation to me a couple years ago. I'd assume they will have had them from the start of that body style, though I don't know what years that would be.Edit: And while we're on the subject of Top Gear assertions about British Car X having the first Y in a production car (and being wrong!), James May asserted that the 1975-up Austin Princess was the first car to come standard with hidden wipers. Not so, the entire Cadillac lineup got them in 1968, after certain models got them earlier or as options. I'm sure there are even earlier examples in the US car industry (though I don't know of any off hand.)
Meh, I prefer being thrown clear of the accidentYour favorite automotive device, statistically saving seven lives per second.
1. He didn't invent the seatbelt.
Maybe, but he didn't invent the three point belt, just made off with the idea, modified it a bit and installed them in Volvos. He was not the inventor of the three point seatbelt, just the person who popularized them - much like Steve Jobs is not the inventor of the tablet computer, but he and his company has certainly popularized it. Idiots claiming Steve Jobs invented the tablet are just as wrong as the assertion that Bohlin invented the three point seat belt. First use as standard equipment? Yes, full credit. Inventor? No.This is about safety firsts in cars. Bohlin did just that, first production cars with three point seatbelts from Volvo.
there's a reason for that, you knowAnd yeah, we need to dump those in favor of four or five point harnesses already... but the law says we can't have anything but those old stone-age three pointers in new cars. Thanks a lot, Congress!