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Which vehicle came with the most different engine cylinder configurations?

A question that cropped up in a discussion today... Most vehicles sold come with one or two different engine cyinder configurations, for example and inline-4 and a V8. Quite a few have three, and a ...
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Do the Herbie Volkswagon red white and blue stripes have any meaning?

Since we have a history tag I thought I'd ask what the Herbie Vokswagon stripes possibly meant: I know like the BMW stripes: They have a meaning: The three stripes representing the motorsport ...
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What was the initial idea behind those “Blue Dot” tail lights from the '30s to '50s?

"Blue Dot" tail lights seem to be illegal in most US states nowadays (and probably in most other countries, too), but they still seem very popular in the Hot Rod scene. And you can still buy them as ...
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Where did the term horsepower originate?

After searching through the archive under the tag horsepower, horsepower history, history horsepower and horsepower history I didn't see this question asked but where and why do we use "horse" in the ...
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Who came up with “suck, squeeze, bang, blow”?

A popular explanation of how a four stroke engine works is Suck, squeeze, bang, blow. The engine sucks in a mixture of fuel and air, then squeezes it together (compresses it), then it burns / ...
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How did they start diesel engines before the glow plug was invented?

According to this Bosch page, their glow plug was developed in the early 1920's. Yet the diesel engine was around for at least 20 years prior to that; the French used it in a submarine in 1904, for ...
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What was the first mass production pickup?

I believe Henry Ford was essentially the father of the mass production car. When was the pickup truck invented? Who created the first mass production pickup?