If you've been on the Internet lately you've seen a million of these posts about facts that seem wild but are actually true. Almost none of these are about cars (I mean, do you really care that President Tyler's grandson is alive?) so we've tried to fix that.
9.) The Ford GT's roof is so strong, it broke the crushing machine
Fair enough, the GT's chassis can certainly take much more than the stock power, but Ford is no TVR, so it's hard to image they couldn't afford tougher test machinery.
8.) Retractable hardtops were introduced by Peugeot in 1934
Modern cars have extremely complicated hardtops that can open in a few seconds, but the idea itself is nothing new. Peugeot introduced it in the 601 Éclipse six years before Hitler started his invasion of France.
7.) GM sold a Subaru as a Saab
For many of us this is a well-known fact, but non car people will be surprised to learn that the 2005 and 2006 Saab 9-2X Aero was none other than a badge-engineered Subaru WRX?
Some argue the Saab version was actually better.
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6.) The Cannonball Countach's front wing was a real thing
America's idea of a car hit the Countach (and other Italian exotica) hard, which made the importers put a hideous front wing on them in order to comply with US bumper height restrictions.
While it made it into The Cannonball Run, Lamborghini came up with their own version, seen at the top.
5.) The Hindustan Ambassador is still in production
India values tradition. N2Skylark:
It still shares some body panels with the 1954 Morris Oxford II, while still sharing chassis components with the 1948 Morris Minor MM (IIRC). And they've continued updating it to keep it BS IV emissions compliant. The Ambassador Encore was launched for 2013 with a diesel that has lower emissions.
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4.) Mercedes Really Went 268 MPH In 1938
The tires of the period make the W125's achievements so mind blowing. Proud to drive a beater:
That the Mercedes-Benz W125 rekordwagen made 725 horsepower with an under square (82x88) 340ci (5.6L) V12 and went 268mph on the autobahn in 1938. Supercharged or not its still amazing they made that kind of power back then, especially with bores that small.
The Auto Unions of that time are pretty similar performance wise even. They were rumored to be able to spin the wheels at over 100mph. Such craziness for the safety and technology at the time.
3.) Audi got the Quattro idea from a VW jeep
What you see above it the Canadian version, built by Bombardier.
2.) You need a proper key to change wheels on a Porsche 959
It seems like everything is over-engineered in the 959. burglar can't heart click anything:
This is how complicated it is to take a wheel off of a Porsche 959. There's a security lock (don't lose that key!) then you need a special torque multiplying tool that keys into the wheel. Good luck hoping your local tire shop has one of those on hand.
Also, the wheels have a different bead profile than every other wheel on the planet called Denloc, and Dunlop still makes a batch of tires every few years to support 959 owners. They're even on Tire Rack.
1.) Charles de Gaulle was saved by the Citroën DS's hydraulic suspension
In August 1962, a group called the OAS (Secret Army Organization in English) plotted an assassination attempt on President De Gaulle, who they believed had betrayed France by giving up Algeria (in northern Africa) to Algerian nationalists. Near dusk on August 22, 1962, De Gaulle and his wife were riding from the Elysee Palace to Orly Airport. As his black Citroen DS sped along the Avenue de la Liberation in Paris at 70 miles per hour, 12 OAS gunmen opened fire on the car.
A hail of 140 bullets, most of them coming from behind, killed two of the president's motorcycle bodyguards, shattered the car's rear window and punctured all four of its tires. Though the Citroen went into a front-wheel skid, De Gaulle's chauffeur was able to accelerate out of the skid and drive to safety, all thanks to the car's superior suspension system. De Gaulle and his wife kept their heads down and came out unharmed.
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