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* The first cars did not have steering wheels. Drivers steered with a lever.

* The New York City Police Department used bicycles to pursue speeding motorists in 1898.

* The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.

* In 1916, 55 percent of the cars in the world were Model T Fords, a record that has never been beaten. * The first gas gauge appeared in cars in 1922.

* In 1923, 173 new inventions by women for cars had been reported. Among these inventions were a carburetor and an electric engine starter.

* The first car radio was invented in 1929.

* Buick introduced the first electric turn signals in 1938.

* The Peanuts characters were first animated in 1957 for a Ford Fairlaine automobile commercial.

* Most American car horns beep in the key of F.

* The automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world today.

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