December 19th


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1917

105 years ago

The Detroiter Motor Car Company was declared bankrupt Read more…

1918

104 years ago

General Motors acquired the McLaughlin Motor Car Company of Oshawa, Ontario, which was founded in 1908 by R Read more…

1918

104 years ago

An article entitled, “The ABC Motor Cycle Read more…

1924

98 years ago

The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost manufactured in England was sold in London Read more…

1938

84 years ago

Henry Ford II was elected to the Ford Motor Company Board if Directors Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Benjamin Copf of Ford-Japan, Yoshisuke Ayukawa of Nissan, and Risaburo Toyoda of Toyota signed a joint venture agreement to manufacture cars in Japan Read more…

1956

66 years ago

At least six people died and several others were injured in road accidents in thick fog Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Two Sunbeam Tiger Mk II production prototypes were completed Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The first Matra 3-litre V12 engine came to life on a test-bench Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The 1,886,647th and final Ford Capri – ‘the car you always promised yourself’ – rolled off the production line (at the Halewood plant in Merseyside) Read more…

1989

33 years ago

The 40 Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Rolls-Royce, the luxury car maker, announced that its future cars would feature 12-cylinder motors manufactured by Germany’s BMW Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Formula One team owner Frank Williams was charged with manslaughter over the death of Ayrton Senna at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Minardi signed Japan’s Ukyo Katayama for the 1997 season Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Ferdinand Porsche, designer of Auto Union Grand Prix racers and the original Volkswagen, was honored as the Car Engineer of the Century Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Will Hoy (50) a British racing driver and the 1991 British Touring Car Champion, died after a short illness – an inoperable brain tumour Read more…

2007

15 years ago

US President Bush signed a bill calling for an increase in auto-fuel efficiency, the first in 32 years Read more…

2007

15 years ago

India’s Tata Motors offered £1 Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Citing danger to the national economy, the Bush administration approved an emergency bailout of the US auto industry, offering $17 Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Red faces at the FIA after it was revealed that an agreement with Ferrari meant they would receive US$80 million more than any of their competitors for winning the constructors championship Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Sweden’s Saab Automobile filed for bankruptcy, giving up a desperate struggle to stay in business after previous owner General Motors Co Read more…

2013

9 years ago

German media and officials in Berlin reported that about 200 cars stolen in Germany had been tracked down in Tajikistan, where most were being driven by family and friends of President Emomali Rakhmon Read more…

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