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1886

137 years ago

The world’s first patent for a practical internal-combustion-engine-powered automobile was submitted by German engineer Karl Benz Read more…

1891

132 years ago

Ignaz Schustala (68), founder of the business that evolved into the Tatra automobile works, died in Vienna, Austria Read more…

1897

126 years ago

The first of many “Semaines de Nice” automobile races from Marseille to La Turbie, began Read more…

1906

117 years ago

Victor Demogeot, driving a V-8 Darracq at Ormond Beach, Florida reached 122 Read more…

1929

94 years ago

US car manufacturer General Motors purchased the German firm Opel Read more…

1942

81 years ago

The last pre-World War II Chrysler and Dodge automobiles were produced Read more…

1950

73 years ago

D McCall White (69), designer of the first Cadillac V-8, whose long career also included stints with Daimler, Napier, and Crossley in his native Great Britain and Nash, Lafayette and Tucker in the US, died in Hartford, Connecticut, US Read more…

1954

69 years ago

The 1954 Kaisers were introduced Read more…

1957

66 years ago

Stirling Moss teamed with local hero Carlos Menditeguy in a 3 Read more…

1972

51 years ago

The Highveld 100 at Kyalami in South Africa was won by Dave Charlton in a Lotus-Cosworth 72D Read more…

1978

45 years ago

The Arrows made their Formula 1 debut in the Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, with the car driven by Riccardo Patrese finishing 9th behind the winning of Carlo Reutemann in his Ferrari Read more…

1981

42 years ago

Nissan announced plans to build a factory in the United Kingdom Read more…

1989

34 years ago

Global Motors, the American company that imported the Yugo, filed for bankruptcy Read more…

1994

29 years ago

Former Supreme Mary Wilson was injured and her son, Rafael (14) was killed when their Jeep hit a highway median and overturned near Barstow, California Read more…

1998

25 years ago

Thick fog caused highway carnage in Belgium, and Netherlands, killing 6 Read more…

2005

18 years ago

A standard-engined, 3 Read more…

2006

17 years ago

A1 Grand Prix attracted its biggest crowd to date as over 100,000 people lined the streets of Durban, South Africa for the series’ and the city’s first ever street race Read more…

2006

17 years ago

The Daytona 24 Hour was won by Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon and Casey Mears in a Riley MkXI-Lexus Read more…

2008

15 years ago

A regular route Chongqing-Shenzhen bus skidded off an icy road packed with snow and fell into a valley at the 98 Read more…

2010

13 years ago

Honda Motor Co Read more…

2010

13 years ago

The first official photographs of the Mini Countryman were released Read more…

2016

7 years ago

At 09:22 the last ever Land Rover Defender produced was rolled out of Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant in the UK Read more…

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