Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a History test, with cars!
This week’s question is: What was the first civilian car or truck offered for sale with an alternator instead of a generator?
If you know the answer, make the jump to see if you are correct. The suspense is killing me.
The first civilian application of an alternator was. . . the 1960 Plymouth Valiant.
In 1960, the alternator for civilian vehicles arrived none too soon: The number of electrical devices manufacturers put on cars by then began to strain the limits of the d.c. generator. The first car manufacturer to make the alternator available in a production vehicle was Chrysler Corporation in the 1960 Valiant using an alternator built by Essex. By 1961 all Chryslers had an alternator. In the following year GM had them, too.
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