Automotive Trivia Question of the Day (July 19, 2010)

July 19th, 2010 by JerryandMary

 

What year were rear-view mirrors standard equipment on production cars?

   1908

   1916

   1930

   1955

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8 Responses to “Automotive Trivia Question of the Day (July 19, 2010)”

  1. BIGT1976 says:

    MY GUESS WOULD BE 1916

  2. JerryandMary says:

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  3. BIGT1976 says:

    JUST A QUICK DID YOU KNOW.? ACCORDING TO ONE SITE THAT I LOOKED AT THE FIRST REAR VIEW MIRROR INSTALLED IN A VEHICLE WAS IN A RACE CAR AT THE FIRST INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE IN 1911. I DID NOT KNOW THIS AND TOUGHT I WOULD SHARE.

  4. TerryO says:

    I found that as far back as 1906 for racing but not until 1914 were they installed on cars from the factory. I guess back then they didn’t have to worry about what was behind them because there was very little traffic.

  5. JerryandMary says:

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  6. CorvairJim says:

    Become standard from a certain manufacturer (1914, according to Wikipedia) or by federal or state law (around 1955)?

    The first known application of a rear view mirror was as noted by BIGT1976 above, by Ray Harroun, the winner of the first Indianapolis 500. He mounted a mirror above the cowl of his Marmon Wasp so he wouldn’t have to carry the added weight of a ‘riding mechanic’, whose main job was really just as a ride-along observer to keep the driver apprised of cars behind him. Harroun was an engineer and head test driver for Marmon, the Indianapolis-based car manufacturer. Many brands based in Indiana were regulars at Indy – in addition to Marmon were Duesenberg, Stutz, and Miller.

    I found this quote from Wikipedia to be interesting: … The rear-view mirror’s earliest known use and mention is by Dorothy Levitt in her 1906 book ‘The Woman and the Car’ which noted that women should “carry a little hand-mirror in a convenient place when driving” so they may “hold the mirror aloft from time to time in order to see behind while driving in traffic”, thereby inventing the rear view mirror…

  7. JerryandMary says:

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  8. JerryandMary says:

    My thanks to everyone that took time to post an answer!
    The correct answer is 1916 and yes I know this one could be debated until the end of time.

    Take care,
    Jerry

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