Do You Know When These Car Parts Were Introduced?


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Parts. A vehicle is merely the sum of its parts, and a lot of great parts have been invented, making world-class cars. In this quiz, we're going to explore the parts that took automobiles to a whole new level.

When was the first commercially viable high-voltage spark plug invented?

In 1902, Gottlob Honold invented the first commercially viable high-voltage spark plug. The famous engineer was from Germany.

When was the first rechargeable battery invented?

Believe it or not, the first rechargeable battery was invented in 1859 by French inventor Gaston Plante. It was a secondary cell battery. Primary cell batteries are not rechargeable.

When was the first three-speed transmission invented?

W. James, of America, introduced the first three-speed transmission in 1832. The modern transmission was invented by Frenchmen in 1895.

Invention of the carburetor is credited to the ______.

The Germans are said to have invented the first carburetor. It's attributed to Wilhelm Maybach.

When was the first electric heater invented?

In 1890, the first electric heater was invented by a Canadian. His name was Thomas Ahearn.

When was the drive shaft invented?

Louis Renault of France is credited for inventing the first drive shaft. He accomplished this in 1898.

Car brakes convert kinetic energy into what?

Kinetic energy is turned into other forms, most often heat. More recent methods convert motion into electrical and potential energy.

When was the introduction of pneumatic rubber tires?

1895 was the year that pneumatic rubber tires were introduced. Prior to this, rims of car wheels were made of iron. Before this, rims were made of steel and solid rubber was used for the tire.

Solid rubber tires in the mid-1800s were used for _____ ?

Solid rubber tires were introduced in 1846. At the time, they were used for carriages and steam-powered vehicles.

The 1885 Benz Patent-Motorwagen had what kind of brakes?

The 1885 Benz Patent-Motorwagen featured leather shoe brakes on the rear wheels. The 1887 version featured an upgraded chassis.

When was the car fender invented?

The fender was invented in 1901. The innovation was thanks to Fredrick Simms of Britain. The design was modeled after railway engine buffers.

The first basic car windshield wipers were made of _____.

The first basic car windshield wipers were made of two brushes that mechanically moved up and down the windshield. These were invented in 1903 by James Henry Apjohn of Dublin, Ireland.

The spring loaded “swinging arm” windscreen wiper was invented by whom?

In 1903, a woman by the name of Mary Anderson invented the spring loaded “swinging arm” windscreen wiper. Mary was from America. Her invention was replaced by the mechanical arm windshield wiper in 1913.

Before the automatic windshield wiper was invented, they were operated ______.

The early windshield wipers were operated manually. Imagine, operating the gearshift, brakes, steering wheel and windshield wipers at the same time!

Motorized windshield wipers were invented by whom?

In the early 1900s, a Hawaiian dentist by the name of Ormand invented the first motorized wipers. They were electrically operated.

The first electric starter motor ignition system was tested in a _____ ?

The first electric starter motor ignition system was tested in a Cadillac in 1911. Charles Kettering and Clyde Coleman of America were the inventors.

When was the first ignition patented?

Charles Kettering's invention was finally added to Cadillac cars and was patented in 1915. This did away with the dangerous method of hand-cranking to start the internal​ combustion engines.

When was the airbag patented?

The airbag was patented in 1951. Airbags were instrumental in making automobiles safer.

The first car with air conditioning was a ______.

The first car with an air conditioning system was a 1940 Packard. Now we wonder how we could ever do without it.

When were disc brakes patented?

Disc brakes were finally patented in 1901. They were invented by a British man named Fredrick William Lanchester.

When was the first car radio invented?

The first car radio was invented in 1929. Paul Galvin, who was head of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, was the inventor. Galvin used the name "Motorola" for his new invention.

When was the crash test dummy invented?

The first crash test dummy was invented in 1949. He was named Sierra Sam. He had a tough life.

When was gasoline first used in cars?

The late 19th century was when they discovered that gasoline was a great fuel for cars. Oil companies began producing it from a simple​ distillate of petroleum.

The first license plates were issued in what country?

The first vehicle registration plates were were issued in 1893 by French police. They're known as license plates in the U.S. and number plates in the U.K.

What was the first state to require license plates?

New York was the first state to require license plates by law. Today, all states have this requirement.

When was the catalytic converter invented?

The catalytic converter was invented in 1950. It was introduced by Eugene Houdry of France.

When were seatbelts patented?

Seatbelts were patented in 1885. They were invented by Edward J. Claghorn of New York - and not necessarily for use in cars.

The first tires used _____ rubber.

The very first tires used vulcanized rubber. This was a curing method. They were invented by Charles Goodyear.

When were turn signals first introduced?

Electric turn signals were first introduced in 1938. They were added to a Buick automobile, advertised as the "Flash-Way Directional Signal."

The first modern type of spark plug was patented in what year?

What most resembles a modern spark plug was patented in 1860. It was invented by Jean Lenoir of France.

In 1898, how many patents were there for different versions of spark plugs?

Three more patents for spark plugs came about in 1898. They were awarded to Nikola Tesla, Richard Simms, and Robert Bosch.

The oldest known electrical cells (eventually batteries) were invented where?

The oldest known electrical cells were invented in Sumeria in 250 B.C. This would be modern-day Iraq.

The first mass-produced battery came in a _____ box.

The first battery that could be mass-produced came in a wooden box and soldered. It was invented by Dr. William Cruickshank of Britain.

The first "spoon brake" was effective at what speed?

The first "spoon brakes" were effective between 10 mph and 20 mph. A lever was pulled to apply a wooden block to the wheel's rim.

Who invented the pneumatic tire?

The Michelin brothers of France, Andre and Edouard, produced the pneumatic tire in 1895. They applied it to a Peugeot L'Eclair.

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