Maybe you knew that the first production car to have an electric starter as standard was the 1912 Cadillac Model 30. But you mightn’t know the sorry tale of how it came to be. Seems a good Samaritan by the name of Byron Carter, way back when, stopped to help a lady motorist restart her stalled car. But it didn’t go well; the car backfired and the crank handle clobbered old Byron in the face. He was taken to hospital with a broken jaw which got infected and he died of gangrene. But he happened to be a personal friend of Cadillac founder Henry Leland, who vowed he would rid the world of this dangerous menace. He eventually did too.