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How did early adopters of the automobile fill up their cars?

The first cross-country automobile journey was run by Bertha Benz in 1888.: With no fuel tank and only a 4.5-litre supply of petrol in the carburetor, she had to find ligroin, the petroleum solvent ...
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How did early adopters of the automobile fill up their cars?

From Wikipedia: The T engine was built as a gasoline engine. While not engineered specifically for multifuel ability, its simple, robust design allowed it to successfully run on a variety of ...
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Did Soviet cars have seatbelts or laws enforcing them?

The production of safety belts in Soviet Union was started in Estonian SSR by NPO Norma which still exists. According to AS Norma website: Our connections with the international automotive ...
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What did Sweden do with all the wrong-sided steering wheels after Högertrafikomläggningen?

Most cars actually had left-side steering even before the switch. Most imported cars were from countries with left-side steering. Cars made in Sweden kept this, as people were used to it, and it ...
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Did any carriage manufacturers make the transition to automobile building?

Depending on the measure of success you are willing to allow, some manufacturers made the transition. Admittedly with varying success: The first car was actually build by Chaisen-Bauer, ...
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Which car was the first to come with a cigarette lighter receptacle?

Absent further clarification in the question, we might first have to differentiate between: 1. the first car with an electric lighter ("installed/wired in"?), 2. with such a lighter as standard ...
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How many trucks did Russia and Germany have at the start of Barbarossa?

To answer your side questions about paucity of information about Soviet industry: having established a superb intelligence network in the West, USSR was understandably paranoid about the symmetric ...
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Early Mis-Prediction of the Demand for Automobiles

It is a quote often attributed to Daimler: Die weltweite Nachfrage nach Kraftfahrzeugen wird eine Million nicht überschreiten — allein schon aus Mangel an verfügbaren Chauffeuren. ~ Global demand ...
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When did the number of motor driven vehicles surpass the number of horse driven vehicles in Paris, London, Berlin?

For central Europe, between 1925-1930 may be considered realistic. For France possibly sooner due to a higher motorized density between 1920 and 1930. The transition was uneven due to certain ...
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How did early adopters of the automobile fill up their cars?

Referring to "The Complete Motorist", by AB Filson Young (1904 edition) "Petrol and paraffin oil should be kept in a separate building; the roughest little cabin will do as long as it ...
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Did Soviet cars have seatbelts or laws enforcing them?

The seat belts appeared in the Soviet Union in the 1970s, first without enforcing laws, and shortly after the laws were introduced. I do not remember the year when this happened but some time in the ...
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What happened to horses when cars became popular?

The transition was indeed slow: Cars were very unreliable and infrastructure did not exist for large numbers of cars for a long time. This is not just roads but also service stations, etc. Horses were ...
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How did early adopters of the automobile fill up their cars?

Not to disagree with other answers, but to add: They didn't. The early adopter of automobiles (pre mass production) were all wealthy and almost always had a chauffeur on staff. This is more than a ...
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When did the number of motor driven vehicles surpass the number of horse driven vehicles in Paris, London, Berlin?

This question is way too basic and can be answered with a single link: In 1912, New York, London and Paris traffic counts all showed more cars than horses for the first time. — Raymond A. Mohl: "...
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What happened to horses when cars became popular?

In most areas transition was indeed gradual. They just stopped breeding them in large numbers. However there is one exception. Military horses. Main transition happened during WWI, and after the war ...
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How many trucks did Russia and Germany have at the start of Barbarossa?

In the WWII, the basis of logistic (Wehrmacht and Red Army) was a horse. The infantry company (Wehrmacht / RKKA) had one wagon with one horse for supplying ammunition. At a higher level of supply (...
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What demographic of people were the Ford Motor's Company biggest customers during the car boom of the early twentieth Century?

The rural population was indeed a significant source of demand for cars. From 1911 to 1920 the number of automobiles owned by farmers increased 21 times, while overall registrations increased 13 times....
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Which single-car accident in history caused the most deaths?

According to the National Safety Council, the worst single auto accident in U.S. history occurred on July 31, 1954 when 11 people died in a single car crash on Pine Mountain, eight miles south of ...
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When did the Taxi become associated with the checkered pattern?

In the United State, the Checker Taxi company of Chicago was established in 1917. The company used Commonwealth Mogul purpose built taxicabs built by Commonwealth Motors of Chicago. Markin Auto Body ...
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What kind of car did Lij Samson Beyene crash?

It was a gold Mercury Comet. I am not sure of the year but they only started making them in 1960. I know this for a fact because it was my parents' car. My mother and my great aunt were passengers ...
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How many trucks did Russia and Germany have at the start of Barbarossa?

Soviet Union: On 22nd June 1941, the Red Army had around 270,000 trucks, and received another 745,000 during the war. Out of these, 150,000 were new domestic production, 221,500 trucks drafted from ...
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