December 20th


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1868

155 years ago

Harvey Samuel Firestone, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, one of the first global makers of automobile tires and an important contributor to North American economic growth in the 20th century, was born Read more…

1892

131 years ago

Alexander Brown and George Stillman of Syracuse, New York, patented the first inflatable automobile tire Read more…

1895

128 years ago

The world’s first petrol-powered bus service connecting Siegen, Netphen, and Deuz, Germany was discontinued after nine months, having transported approximately 10,600 paying customers Read more…

1912

111 years ago

The Stewart-Warner Speedometer Company was incorporated in Virginia, US Read more…

1922

101 years ago

New York City’s last horse drawn fire engine made its final run Read more…

1929

94 years ago

The last Stearns-Knight automobile was produced Read more…

1940

83 years ago

The 1,000,000th Volkswagen Kubelwagen was produced Read more…

1945

78 years ago

Rationing of automobile tires instituted in 1941 ended in the US Read more…

1947

76 years ago

Horace T Thomas (73), the Chief Executive of the Olds Motor Works who helped design the Oldsmobile Curved Dash, and Vice President of the Reo Motor Car Company 1914-17 who designed the first Reo automobile and Reo Speed Wagon truck, died Read more…

1953

70 years ago

Giuseppe Farina and Piero Scotti drove a 4 Read more…

1954

69 years ago

Buick Motor Company signed comedian Jackie Gleason to one of the largest contracts ever entered into with an entertainer Read more…

1957

66 years ago

The first 1958 Ford Thunderbird (2nd generation), the first car completely designed by the styling team headed by George W Read more…

1963

60 years ago

Just two weeks after the announcement was made that the plant would close, all production ceased at Studebaker’s South Bend plants in Indiana, US Read more…

1970

53 years ago

Britain’s highest motorway (1,220 ft), the M62 section around junction 22 opened Read more…

1972

51 years ago

Adolfo Orsi (84), Italian industrialist, known for owning the Maserati marque, died Read more…

1977

46 years ago

British automobile executive Sir Reginald Rootes (81) died in London Read more…

1989

34 years ago

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s satirical documentary “Roger & Me” opened in theatres across the US Read more…

2008

15 years ago

The Canadian and Ontario state governments announced they would follow the US in providing C$4 billion ($3 Read more…

2008

15 years ago

Some 500 motorists rallied in Russia’s far east to protest the government’s decision to raise car import tariffs Read more…

2009

14 years ago

Dutch sports carmaker Spyker said it had made a new bid for Sweden’s Saab Automobile, two days after General Motors said it would close the loss-making unit Read more…

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