December 18, 1898 – The first automobile land speed record is set

Cover: Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat in his record setting Jeantaud. Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat of France set the first official automobile land speed record on this day in 1898 when he completed the flying kilometer in an electric Jeantaud in 57 seconds, an average speed of 63.13 km/h (39

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1936 Dodge

Dusty & Rusty – 1936 Dodge Touring Sedan

Mid depression era vehicles have always been fascinating to me. At a time when the nation, and much of the world, was suffering inconceivably, many automakers never yielded in their attempt to make a statement. While people lost their jobs and their livelyhood, cars of the era were were

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Saab 92 production line

December 16, 1949 – Saab’s first car

Saab’s first production passenger car, the 92, began rolling out of the Trollhättan Assembly plant on this day in 1949, four days after the line started to move. Originally an airplane manufacturer, Saab began its automotive branch in 1945 when engineers initiated work on a prototype, known as the

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December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird

The story of the Plymouth Superbird is fairly well-known, so we won’t get into heavy details. But in brief, it was designed and introduced following the on-track success of its older sibling, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, so that Plymouth could race its own highly engineered winged car in

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December 14, 1909 – The last brick is laid at Indy

The original track surface at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a cruel mixture of limestone, gravel, tar and oil. The resulting plane was so rough it shredded nearly all of the tires of the motorcycles that took to it on opening day, bringing competition to a halt. Before races resumed

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