This Day in Automotive History for January 18

1908 Lancia Tipo 51. By tomislav medak – CC BY-SA

Here’s a recap of automotive history events that occurred on January 18

On January 18, 1908 visitors to the Turin Motor Show witnessed a historic moment as the first production Lancia, the 12HP Alfa Tipo, graced the stage, setting the tone for Lancia’s legacy in the automotive world with its innovative design. It featured a 2544 cc straight-4 engine, that made 28 hp, giving the car a top speed of about 56 mph.

In 1919, January 18 became synonymous with automotive excellence as Walter Bentley laid the foundation for Bentley Motors in London, England, setting the wheels in motion for a brand that would epitomize luxury and performance, with the first cars rolling out in September 1921.

1937 Ford

The automotive assembly lines hummed with achievement on January 18, 1937, as Ford proudly completed its 25-millionth car, marking a colossal milestone in the history of mass production and solidifying Ford’s influence on the global automotive landscape.

Juan Manuel Fangio and José Froilán González during a test prior to the 1953 Argentine GP.

Shifting gears to 1940, January 18 witnessed the introduction of the 1940 models of the Packard Eighteenth Series 120.

In the realm of motorsports, January 18, 1953, hosted the inaugural Argentine Grand Prix, a momentous occasion that etched its name in Formula One history, showcasing the prowess of drivers and machines on the vibrant racing circuit. Alberto Ascari won the race in a Ferrari.

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