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July 5, 1869 – Reports of first car in Prince Edward Island, Canada published
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July 5, 1869 – Reports of first car in Prince Edward Island, Canada published

Littered on the Internet are reports of a Reverend Georges-Antoine Belcourt displaying a Ware Steam Carriage, the first car on Prince Edward Island in Canada, on July 5, 1866. These mere, sourceless sentences left much to the imagination. Thankfully, one man, Rudy Croken, a one time president of the Prince Edward Island Automobile Clubs of Canada organization, decided to figure out exactly what these so called reports referred to. His lengthy research found the date provided to be inaccurate. What actually occurred on a July 5 in 1869, not 1866, was that a newspaper reported that a steam car had been recently displayed on PEI. Please read Croken's entire article from a 2017 Cruisin' Canada newsletter article below. Visit the link for sources on his research. "Prince Edward Island h...
June 14, 1924 – The ten millionth Ford
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June 14, 1924 – The ten millionth Ford

Henry Ford with the ten millionth Ford and the first Ford, his Quadricycle. On June 14, 1924, the ten millionth Ford, a Model T of course, rolled off the Highland Park assembly line. To celebrate the occasion Ford sent the vehicle on a cross country tour. It followed the Lincoln Highway, starting in New York and ending in San Francisco. While it took ford 21 years to produce ten million vehicles, just three years later the 15 millionth Ford, also a Model T, left the factory. Model T production shut down in May 1927 soon after Ford hit that milestone. At that points the company's plants retooled to accommodate assembly of an all new vehicle, the first from Ford since 1908, the Model A. The 20 millionth Ford, a 1931 Ford Model A The 20 millionth Ford When the Ford Model A began...
May 30, 1995 – Jaguar CEO Lofty England dies
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May 30, 1995 – Jaguar CEO Lofty England dies

Jaguar D Type at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans. Frank "Lofty" England, who passed away on this day in 1995, began his automotive career as an apprentice with Daimler in the late 1920s and early 1930s before turning to racing. His skills as an engineer and a drive made him attractive to many automakers. He spent servicing vehicles in private garages and for various marques, while also participating in racing events. While working at Alvis, England declared war on Germany. He spent time servicing Rolls-Royce aircraft engines before eventually becoming a bomber pilot and instructor. Soon after his release from service in 1945 he joined Jaguar Cars. There he would lead the racing team to five Le Mans victories in the 1950s. His successes didn't stop there, as he'd eventually climb the corp...
May 16, 1952 – Studebaker & Porsche sign development deal
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May 16, 1952 – Studebaker & Porsche sign development deal

An unusual automotive partnership formed on this day in 1952 when Studebaker and Porsche signed a contract to co-develop a new model for the American automaker. The partnership began with the help of famed importer Max Hoffman, who suggested the Indiana based car maker could use a facelift with the help of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. Ensuing conversations led to an official deal. Porsche soon delivered its first idea, essentially a four door Porsche 356. The Indiana boys were less than thrilled with the concept, but not totally dissuade. They sent Porsche back to the drawing board. Their next attempt, code named by Porsche as the Type 542 and by Studebaker as the Z-87, saw delivery of three prototypes in 1953. The timing could not have been worse. Porsche 542 and 1953 Studebaker Whil...
April 26, 1948 – Ford begins 1949 model production featuring first post war Big 3 Design
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April 26, 1948 – Ford begins 1949 model production featuring first post war Big 3 Design

1949 Ford (Ford Motor Company) At the time World War II broke out the auto industry was pushing many revolutionary ideas. Among them, Studebaker released its first car with automatic hidden headlights and General Motors offered automatic transmissions in a variety of their models. When the conflict erupted on US soil in December 1941, the efforts of automakers shifted to wartime production. Designers and engineers once tasked with developing the next great automobile now raced to design vehicles, planes, weapons and other items that would help take down hostile enemies on two different fronts. The task left no room for civilian automotive production, let alone design. When the Nazis finally surrendered in May of 1945, Ford began to prep their factories for a return to normalcy, despite...
April 14, 1927 – The first Volvo leaves the assembly line
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April 14, 1927 – The first Volvo leaves the assembly line

Production of the Volvo ÖV 4 in 1927. Though the Volvo name first appeared in 1915 as a subsidiary of Swedish bearing manufacturer SKF, more than a decade would pass before it brandished an automobile. Meaning "to roll" in Latin, Volvo cars began development in August 1926. Gustav Larson, an SKF sales manager, began the project with a goal of building a vehicle that could withstand Sweden's harsh roads and frigid temperatures. After building ten prototypes, Volvo Group began production of the first Volvo ÖV 4 on this day in 1927. In the initial year of manufacturing, just 280 cars left the assembly line. ÖV stood for open carriage, which proved unsuccessful in Sweden's climate. A closed top version, the PV 4 appeared that summer, the four standing for four cylinder in each model. PV...
March 6, 1995 – Ferrari F50 introduced at Geneva Motor Show
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March 6, 1995 – Ferrari F50 introduced at Geneva Motor Show

Ferrari F50 by Thesupermat - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 The sound of pens scratching at checkbooks could be heard during the introduction of the Ferrari F50 on this day in 1995 at the Geneva Motor Show. Perhaps that isn't entirely true, given only 349 left the assembly line between 1995 and 1997, but it certainly left many mouths agape. Powered by a 512 horsepower 4.7 liter, 60 valve V12 engine connected to a six speed gated transmission, the car reached a top speed of 202 miles per hour, one more than its predecessor, the Ferrari F40. The now iconic supercar originally sported a sticker price of about $450,000. Today, expect to pay upwards of $3 million for this rare Ferrari. This Ferrari is the closest model to a street legal F1 car the Italian automaker had built to date. Inspired by...
August 31, 2006 – The oldest licensed race car driver dies at 94
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August 31, 2006 – The oldest licensed race car driver dies at 94

Tom Delaney (motorpunk.co.uk) Cyril Terence Delaney, better known as Tom, raced the same Lea-Francis car from 1930 until just a few months before his death on this day in 2006. At the time of his passing, 94-year-old Delaney held the record for oldest licensed racing driver in the world. Like his father before him, Delaney, of Britain, loved to race automobiles from a young age. He proved to be quite good at it from the get-go. At age 19, in 1930, he began his professional racing career, taking home two trophies that year. With gold under his belt, he never looked back. Even after his passing, his kids and grand kids continue to take his old car to the track for the occasional pounding. For more on racing driver Tom Delaney, check out this article from our friends at motorpunk.co.uk.
August 7, 1937 – Auburn Automobile Company closes
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August 7, 1937 – Auburn Automobile Company closes

An Eckhart Buggy with a 1904 Auburn, the earliest known Auburn automobile The Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn, Indiana grew out of a horse-drawn carriage company founded in 1874 by Charles Eckhart. His sons began automobile production in 1900, but by the end of World War I, could not generate a profit and closed its doors. The pair sold the company to a Chicago investment group who revived the brand, but ran into a similar profitability issues. This led them to approach successful automobile salesman Errett Lobban Cord, better known today as E.L, with an offer to run the company. Cord countered, vying to buy them out. The group accepted and by the end of 1925, Cord took over full control of Auburn. The next year he acquired Duesenberg, then began building Cord automobiles in 1929, ...
August 6, 1932 – A patent request is made for the drive-in theater
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August 6, 1932 – A patent request is made for the drive-in theater

The first drive-in movie theater, located in Camden, NJ On this day in 1932, Richard Hollingshead Jr. applied for a patent for the drive in movie theater. How he came up with his invention is a fairly interesting story, it goes something like this. Hollingshead's mother was supposedly a rather large woman who complained about sitting in uncomfortable movie theater chairs. To appease his mother, he explored methods of improving the movie going experience. In 1928, he began to experiment with a Kodak movie projector to display films on a bed sheet nailed between two trees on the family property in Camden, NJ. Realizing moving furniture inside and out of the home didn't make for a fun chore, he instead pulled the family car in front of the makeshift screen, and voila: he had a drive-in th...

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