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TIL: 10 Interesting Facts About Classic Cars

TIL: 10 Interesting Facts About Classic Cars

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The title of the first “muscle car” goes to the 1964 Pontiac GTO.

In the early 1960s, Pontiac had a pretty firm stake in the muscle car game. However, things began to change, and Pontiac began to see some competition by 1968.

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A 1977 Pontiac Trans Am was a movie star.

Snagging a role in the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit, four of these cars were used for the movie. Of course, all four of them were badly damaged. That’s okay, Hollywood isn’t for everyone!

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The first Chevrolet Camaro was an interesting color.

The first one of these cars straight off of the production line was a striking black. Due to it’s color, the Camaro was actually going to be called the Panther.

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The Ford Model T was the first mass-produced automobile.

Created back in 1913, this car skyrocketed to popularity. By 1916, 55% of all cars in the world were Model Ts, and the company still holds that record.

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Ever seen the 1983 Chevrolet Corvette out and about? Don’t worry, no one has.

Chevy decided to go straight to a new model in 1984. There were prototypes of this car, however, only one remains. You can visit this infamous car at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Meet the most expensive car ever sold at a public auction.

Back in 2013, the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 race-car went for an incredible $30 million. Can you imagine doing donuts in this?

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Banned by NASCAR?

Yep that’s right, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, named for the Daytona 500, isn’t welcome in any NASCAR races. The car won first place in its first race, but its record-breaking speeds made it too fast to handle.

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The Ford Mustang debuted in 1964.

This car had a pretty cool first birthday – after being unveiled at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, this car made an appearance in showrooms all across the United States. An estimated 22,000 cars were sold; not too shabby, huh?

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The rarest car in the world?

With only 11 prototypes in existence, it’s almost impossible to come across a Porsche 916. These cars nearly went extinct due to the release of the less-expensive Porsche 911.

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The first self-propelled mechanical vehicle was made in 1769.

Used to haul cannons, this steam-powered tricycle weighed about 8,000 pounds!