December 11, 1894 – The first auto show

Four automakers gathered to display their vehicles in Paris, France on this day in 1894 for the Internationale de Velocipidie et de Locomotion Automobile, marking the world’s first auto show. The event would be renamed in 1898 to Salon de l’Automobile de Paris, which was organized by French automotive

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December 10, 1915 – 1,000,000 Fords

On this day in 1915 the 1,000,000th Ford ever produced rolled out of the Highland Park factory in Detroit. That year Ford produced a total of 308,162 vehicles with its base model, the Runabout, selling for $390. The next year, production increased by nearly 200,000 units and the price

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December 8, 1981 – Mitsubishi lands in America

In 1971 Chrysler Corporation purchased 15 percent of Mitsubishi, allowing the Japanese company to sell the Mitsubishi Galant as a rebadged Dodge Colt in order to compete in the growing small car market in the US. Less than a decade later Chrysler was bleeding financially and Mitsubishi was not

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December 7, 1979 – The Last MG Midget

On this day in 1979 the final MG Midget rolled off the assembly line. The car was first introduced in 1961 as a more spendy badge-engineered Austin-Healey Sprite. It had identical mechanicals as the Sprite, but in 1962 the 948cc engine was upgraded to 1098cc. The car would go

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December 5, 1977 – The first FWD car from Chrysler

The first mass produced front wheel drive cars from the Chrysler Corporation, the Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon, were introduced on this day in 1977. Not only were they the first front wheel drive vehicles produced in large quantities from Chrysler, they are among the first from any American

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