May 11, 1978 – 2 millionth Camaro is built

Depending on who you ask, Camaro could be a French word for friendship, or an animal that eats Mustangs. The most likely meaning behind the name? A typo, or possibly French slang. Keeping in line with other C-names of the era, such as Chevelle, Corvette and Corvair, Chevrolet suits

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May 10, 2012 – Carroll Shelby dies

The automotive world lost a giant on this day in 2012 when Carroll Hall Shelby passed away at the age of 89 in Dallas, Texas. Shelby is best known for his role in the creation of the Shelby AC Cobra and the Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s, but his

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May 9, 1980 – Skyway Bridge disaster

The original Sunshine Skyway bridge, spanning more than four miles between St. Petersburg, Florida to Terra Ceia opened in 1956 as a two lane road. In 1971 a second section was opened, bringing the lane count to four. For many, it was a thing of engineering beauty, for ship

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May 8, 1956 – HFII resigns as Ford Foundation chairman

The Ford Foundation was founded in 1936 with a mission statement that claimed it was created “for scientific, educational and charitable purposes, all for the public welfare.” On this day in 1956 Henry Ford II resigned as its chairman. Until the founding of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Dusty & Rusty – 1965 Chevrolet Impala

The Impala name was introduced by Chevrolet for 1958 as top of the line trim package for the Bel Air. The following year it became its own model and thrived as a full full size car through the early 1960s. The Impala was available with numerous options, including an

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May 7, 1998 – Daimler-Benz buys Chrysler

On this day in 1998 Daimler-Benz purchased Chrysler Corporation for $36 billion. At the time, the deal was the costliest acquisition of a US company by a foreign buyer. The sale proved to be quite beneficial in the short term, as stock prices rose quickly on the New York

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May 6, 1928 – Chrysler announces DeSoto

If you found yourself flipping through the pages of the Detroit Free Press on this day in 1928, you’d likely have read Walter P. Chrysler’s announcement of Chrysler’s upcoming brand DeSoto. The first car’s wouldn’t appear until the following August, but the announcement got the industry buzzing about this

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