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Test Your Knowledge of Automotive History (Part 2)

Posted October 13, 2008 12:01 AM by dstrohl

We have had a few correct answers to the first posting but we are still waiting for others. In the meantime, here are a few more:

7. What automobile company was started by JW and WD Packard (Hint: Not the most obvious answer).

8. What car ran so well when it was on "All in the Family"?

9. What were called the "3 Ps" considered as the finest cars of their time?

10. Who was Mercedes from the name Mercedes-Benz?

11. Which car was responsible for dad becoming an alcoholic in a popular song?

12. Who invented the first pneumatic tire?

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10/13/2008 1:57 AM

#7 The Ohio automobile co

#9 Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Peerless

#11 a hot rod Lincoln

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10/14/2008 7:10 AM

Further question:

What was said "HotRod Lincoln"?

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10/14/2008 11:27 AM

A lyric exert " boy you're gonna drive me to drinking if you don't stop driving that hot rod Lincoln" by Charlie Ryan 1955

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10/14/2008 12:29 PM

Correctomundo - covered by (among many others) Commander Cody, but here's a link to the original! Worth a listen...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MS9fk1u6kA

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10/14/2008 11:30 AM

My pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln"

From Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen

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10/14/2008 8:49 PM

There was an actual car: "Hot Rod Lincoln"; What was it?

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10/14/2008 10:03 PM

It was a song, an answer song if you will for 'hot rod race'

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10/15/2008 6:24 AM

Nope!

The one i'm thinking of predates the song; was the subject the song was written about.

The 'new' one's impressive, too; good find.

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10/15/2008 7:13 PM

You guys aren't biting?

it was an "A-Zephyr"

http://www.hot-rod-lincoln.com/history.htm

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10/15/2008 8:10 PM

Yeper that's the one

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10/15/2008 8:22 PM

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I must say that the Lewiston grade in the 1950's wasn't the road it is today with just two turns in the eight mile climb and not one telephone pole. In the 1950's it was named the Winding Stair Case as it switch backed 45mph all the way taking about and hour except for about the first mile which is relatively straight.

I lived in the Sea Port Village area of Lewiston Idaho right at the beginning or end of the Snake River Canyon depending how you think of it.

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10/13/2008 11:10 PM

#8 "Gee, our old LaSalle ran great, those were the days"

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10/14/2008 7:07 AM

Addenda to original test:

1) LaSalle was a 'companion brand' to Cadillac, all GM brands (except Chevrolet) had them: What were the others?

2) Who founded Cadillac Motors?

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10/14/2008 11:23 AM

Leland & Faulconer

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10/14/2008 8:05 PM

Actually, they re-organized the company, after the founder's bankruptcy.

Brings up still another question:

What other auto manufacturer did Leland found?

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10/15/2008 6:04 AM

Talk about incestuous! Henry Ford Co. (prior to Ford Motor Co.) became Cadillac under Leland's guidance. Leland had supplied motors to Ransom Olds (Oldsmobile), later acquired by General Motors along with Cadillac, and founded the Lincoln marque, later acquired by Ford. At least that's how I think it all went down...

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10/15/2008 6:44 AM

You said it!

The 1st 'New Caddy' engine was one Leland designed for Olds, but was rejected as "too expensive".

Leland felt compelled to do something for the Great War effort (now known as WW1); GM said "NO!", so he quit to found Lincoln Motors to build Liberty Engines (a standard pattern aero engine any accepted mfgr could build the same engine). After the treaty was inked, the U.S. Gov't refused to pay on any debts; cash crunch ensued. They struggled on for about 10yr, then Ford bought them.

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10/15/2008 7:15 PM

Any nibbles on part one of this?

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10/13/2008 11:38 PM

Mercedes was the daughter of Mr. Benz

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Herr Benz's financier's daughter.

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10/14/2008 4:12 AM

7.Hudson or was it Cadillac

8. La Salle

9.porsche, packard,...peugot

10. saw on tv other day but forgot

11. ?

12. Harvey Firestone

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10/14/2008 5:49 AM

12 Dunlap, for bicycle racing....

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10. Mercedes Jellenck, the daughter of Benz' most successful dealer, who requested a model be named for her (since he sold most of the cars, his request was more than honored!).

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Bravissimo!

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10/14/2008 8:12 AM

Aw, shucks... ...did it from memory, too, so I'm not sure I spelt the last name right.

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10/14/2008 8:40 AM

The Pneumatic tube tire.

  • Charles Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber in 1844 that was later used for tires.
  • In 1888, John Dunlop invented the air-filled or pneumatic tires, however, his were for bicycles.
  • In 1895, AndrĂ© Michelin was the first person to use pneumatic tires on an automobile, however, not successfully.
  • In 1911, Philip Strauss invented the first successful tire, which was a combination tire and air filled inner tube. Strauss' company the Hardman Tire & Rubber Company marketed the tires.
  • In 1903, P.W. Litchfield of the Goodyear Tire Company patented the first tubeless tire, however, it was never commercially exploited until the 1954 Packard.
  • In 1904, mountable rims were introduced that allowed drivers to fix their own flats. In 1908, Frank Seiberling invented grooved tires with improved road traction.
  • In 1910, B.F. Goodrich Company invented longer life tires by adding carbon to the rubber.
  • Goodrich also invented the first synthetic rubber tires in 1937 made of a patented substance called Chemigum.
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