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January 17, 2023 – Chevrolet announces hybrid Corvette E-Ray
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January 17, 2023 – Chevrolet announces hybrid Corvette E-Ray

2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray (Chevrolet) The Chevrolet Corvette has been an American icon since its introduction in 1953 and will remain so with the introduction of the new hybrid Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray on this day in 2023. As the quintessential American sports car, the 'Vette has inspired generations of car enthusiasts and has established itself as a symbol of performance and style. The story of the Chevrolet Corvette began in the early 1950s when General Motors (GM) was looking for a way to compete with the popular European sports cars that were gaining popularity in the United States. They decided to create a two-seat roadster powered by a V8 engine and designed with a sleek and aerodynamic body style. The result was the prototype Chevrolet Corvette that debuted on this day i...
January 16, 1948 – Ford F-Series trucks go on sale
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January 16, 1948 – Ford F-Series trucks go on sale

Up until 1948, Ford's cars and trucks had shared the same platform and styling queues. That all changed when Ford launched the Ford F-Series trucks, which went on sale on this day in 1948. Badged F-1 through F-8 in order of ascending capabilities, the new trucks proved to be extremely popular. Starting with the 1/2 ton F-1, with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,700 pounds, up to the F-8 with a 22,000 pound GVWR, there was an F-Series for every driver and every job. Above: 1965 Ford F-100. By Sicnag - CC BY 2.0. Top: 1949 Ford F-3. By Vauxford -CC BY-SA 4.0. The first generation remained in production through 1952 before being replaced by the larger second gen trucks. The third generation, introduced in 1957, saw cab overs become their own line and in house four wheel drive pro...
January 15, 1909 – Jean Bugatti is born
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January 15, 1909 – Jean Bugatti is born

Gianroberto Bugatti was born in Germany on this day in 1909, the same year his father Ettore founded Automobiles E. Bugatti. By his early 20s, Jean, as he had become known, was making quite the impact at his father’s company. At 23, he led the design of the Bugatti Type 41 Royale. He later designed four separate bodies for the Type 57, often regarded as one of Bugatti’s finest touring models.  1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank at the 1937 Le Mans which was driven by Jean-Pierre Wimille and Robert Benoist, the type of car Jean was killed in. Top: Jean Bugatti standing next to the Royale Esders Roadster prototype in 1932 It was, unfortunately, his love of the automobile that would cause his death. On August 11, 1939, Jean died test driving a Type 57 tank-bodied car that had won a Le...
January 13, 1906 – AMCMA holds first auto show
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January 13, 1906 – AMCMA holds first auto show

Founded just weeks prior, the American Motor Car Manufacturers’ Association held its first auto show on this day in 1906 to build public interest in the new type of transportation. When the doors of the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City opened, people were given a peek at many vehicles being produced in America. The association, made up of mostly of motor car builders and executives, desired to become a leading organization in the early development of the automobile by driving up public awareness.  By 1910 the AMCMA show moved to the Grand Central Palace in New York and featured 79 manufacturers from the US and abroad, as well as hundreds more exhibitors of parts and accessories. Among the automakers at the show were Ford, Oakland Motor Company, Moon Motor Car Company....
January 12, 2015 – Hyundai Santa Cruz concept debuts at NAIAS
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January 12, 2015 – Hyundai Santa Cruz concept debuts at NAIAS

Hyundai Santa Cruz concept at the 2015 NAIAS (www.autoguide.com) With the opening of the 2015 North American International Auto Show on this day in 2015, a number of exciting new concept and production vehicles made their debut. One model in particular stood out as a fan favorite, the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Wait, a Hyundai? In an era when small pickup trucks no longer existed, the Santa Cruz catered to a forgotten market left behind with the extinction of the small Ford Ranger and Chevrolet S-10 class trucks. Ultimately the compact truck that's not really a truck, would enter production in 2022, along side competition from the Ford Maverick. 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz - By Elise240SX - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 When first introduced in 2015, Hyundai made it known that they were not attemp...
January 11, 1989 – Dodge Viper concept debuts
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January 11, 1989 – Dodge Viper concept debuts

First generation Dodge Viper After only a year of development, a non-running prototype Dodge Viper made its first appearance at the North American International Auto Show on this day in 1989. It received an enthusiastic response, prompting Chrysler to put in line for production. However, then chairman Lee Iacocca hesitated on green lighting the $70 million required for the job, citing no guarantee of financial return. However, within a few months the project was underway with chief engineer Roy Sjoberg at the helm. Dodge Viper history With Lamborghini being a subsidiary of Chrysler at the time, the team of more than 80 engineers benefited from the Italian connection. Lamborghini cast an aluminum block for the concept in May of 1989. By fall, a test mule was on the track being pus...
January 10, 2020 – Bullitt Mustang sells for $3.74 million
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January 10, 2020 – Bullitt Mustang sells for $3.74 million

1968 Ford Mustang GT. The Bullitt Mustang (Mecum) There are some cars that just leave a mark on society. Then there's the 1968 Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the film Bullitt. It left a fat rubber streak that stretched across San Francisco and all the way to Kissimmee, Florida, where it sold for $3,740,000 at Mecum Auctions on this day in 2020. What made this Mustang so cool, besides being driven by the King of Cool himself? For one, it set the standard for Hollywood car chases. The ten minute chase through the hills of SF saw McQueen outracing a Dodge Charger R/T driven by a pair of dubious hit men. Second, the car itself is bad, in the best way possible. Watch the chase scene here. Article continues below. Get it here. What is the Bullitt Mustang? The star car of th...
January 9, 1958 – Toyota and Datsun come to the USA
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January 9, 1958 – Toyota and Datsun come to the USA

Actress Nobu McCarthy with a Datsun at the 1958 Imported Car Show in LA (USC Archive( On January 9, 1958, Nissan and Toyota showcased their cars in the USA for the first time at Imported Car Show in Los Angeles. While some Datsuns, Nissan’s vehicle trade name at the name, and some Toyotas came home with servicemen in the early 1950s, this was the first time that the two companies officially presented their cars to the American public. Overview of the 1958 Imported Car Show in LA (USC Archive) The vehicles showcased included a Datsun-1000 and a Toyota Toyopet Crown. Although Toyota had opened a Hollywood dealership in October of the previous year, sales didn’t begin until after the show. Toyota found their small, underpowered cars were not popular and headed back to the drawing b...
January 8, 2016 – Maria Teresa de Filippis, first female F1 driver, passes away
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January 8, 2016 – Maria Teresa de Filippis, first female F1 driver, passes away

Born to a wealthy Italian family in 1926, Maria Teresa de Filippis grew up an avid equestrian. The sport taught her how to handle horsepower at an early age. When she took up an interest in auto racing in her early 20s, two of her older brothers claimed she’d never be fast. She set out to prove them wrong, and did so in proper fashion. Shortly thereafter she entered her first race, a 10km drive between Salemo and Cava de’ Tirreni. She drove her Fiat 500 to victory, leaving her brothers jaws on the floor. Maria Teresa de Filippis at the Salemo and Cava de’ Tirreni, in her Fiat 500 Maria kept the pedal to the metal. By the early 1950s she would be racing at high levels of autosports. After finishing second overall in the 1954 Italian sports car championship, she was approached by...
January 7, 1985 – Saturn is founded
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January 7, 1985 – Saturn is founded

First generation Saturn S-Series The automotive history of Saturn cars started as a code name for what was to be a new small car that would fall under one of General Motors' existing brands in the mid 1980s. Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac all received consideration when discussions of the new car started in June of 1982. At the time, domestic automakers came under pressure to build more efficient compacts to compete with imports. GM Chairman Roger Smith publicized the plan to produce a new vehicle in November of '83, promising something different. Just more than a year later, on this day in automotive history in 1985, GM officially founded Saturn Corporation. That small car became it's own company. A concept car soon followed. While the idea to release the vehicle under an exist...

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