December 11th


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1894

128 years ago

The world’s first car show, the Exposition Internationale de Vélocipedie et de Locomotion Automobile, opened in Paris, France Read more…

1905

117 years ago

The Ford Motor Company, having lost a patent, signed a contract with inventor Frederick W Ball for the use of his planetary transmission system Read more…

1906

116 years ago

The first completed KisselKar, a 1907 Model C, was shipped to Jospeh McDuffee, a Chicago automobile dealer Read more…

1906

116 years ago

Rolls Royce recorded its first export sale of a Silver Ghost, taking an order for a Barker bodied phaeton from Jefferson Seligman of New York City, US Read more…

1915

107 years ago

The Hudson Super-Six was previewed to dealers Read more…

1921

101 years ago

The 1 Read more…

1922

100 years ago

William G Read more…

1941

81 years ago

US marque Buick lowered its prices to reflect the absence of spare tires or inner tubes on its new cars Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Joe Weatherly and Jim Reed, the first two finishers in the 100-mile race at West Palm Beach, were both disqualified for technical violations Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Jim Hall, driving a Maserati Tipo 61, won the feature race at Las Vegas, Nevada, US Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Philco Corporation was acquired as a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The New York City Board of Estimate unanimously voted against a plan for a $100 million elevated expressway across the bottom of Manhattan Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Edwin Brailey (42) was killed when the vehicle he was driving crashed at an icy Brands Hatch, England during the making of a film Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Rover and Alvis marques were acquired by the Leyland Group for £25 million Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The Lincoln Continental Mark III was previewed by the press Read more…

1975

47 years ago

The American millionaire/publisher/tycoon, Malcolm Forbes purchased his first Munch motorcycle, a 1200TTS ‘Münch 4’ Mammut Read more…

1975

47 years ago

A fortnight after the death of Graham Hill, the sponsors of his F1 team, tobacco company WD & HO Wills, announced the withdrawal of its backing for the Hill team, dooming it to closure Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Ninety-nine vehicles were involved in an accident caused by fog on Interstate 75 in Calhoun, Tennessee, between Chattanooga and Knoxville near the Hiwassee River Read more…

1998

24 years ago

China’s first F1 grand prix, provisionally scheduled for March 28 1999, was dropped after the FIA decided that the Zuhai circuit organisers needed another year to finalise arrangements Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Michael Schumacher tried to prove he was faster than a speeding plane when he took on an Eurofighter Typhoon in his Ferrari F2003 at the Baccarini military airport near Rome, Italy Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Ho-Pin Tung made history as the first Chinese racer to drive a F1 car Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Harriet Harman, the Solicitor General, was banned from driving for seven days and fined £400 for speeding at 99 mph on a motorway Read more…

2005

17 years ago

An 18-mile stretch of the M1 motorway was closed entirely for 12 hours following a major explosion and fire at the Buncefield Oil Depot in Hertfordshire, located less than half a mile from the M1 close to Junction 8 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

MINI agreed to acquire John Cooper Works Read more…

2008

14 years ago

The $14 billion package to aid General Motors Corp Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The sixth generation Vauxhall Astra hit UK showrooms after its worldwide debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show Read more…

2010

12 years ago

Nissan North American delivered its first all-electric Leaf (also formatted “LEAF” as a backronym for Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car) to Olivier Chalouhi (31) of Redwood City at a dealership in Petaluma, California Read more…

2013

9 years ago

The second generation Proton Perdana was finally unveiled after a 3-year gap in the nameplate’s production Read more…

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