December 21st


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1895

127 years ago

The 1000th Daimler motor car was produced Read more…

1926

96 years ago

The first US built Rolls Royce Phantom I was completed and delivered to Harry C Orndorff of Rhode, Island Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The Kissel Motor Car Company of Hartford, Wisconsin, US was liquidated at auction Read more…

1932

90 years ago

The first 1933 Cadillac 452C (V-16) was completed Read more…

1934

88 years ago

Citroen went into bankruptcy Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Victor W Kliesrath (58), inventor of transmission improvements and the vacuum booster brake, died in New York Read more…

1945

77 years ago

Legendary war general George Patton was involved in a car accident on December 9, 1945, while riding as a passenger in a car near Speyer, Germany Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Production commenced of the Ford E493A Prefect, the most inexpensive four-door saloon in the UK at £371 Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Carl B Parsons, Swedish-born Chief Body Engineer for Mitchell, Nash, Cadillac and Studebaker, who is credited with designing the first closed sedan passenger car body (for a 1910 Marmon), died aged 72 Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Gary Hocking (25), a former world motorbike champion who had switched to cars as he felt they were safer, was killed practising for the Natal Grand Prix Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Hertz Rent-A-Car ordered 800 Mustang GT350Hs, their second order of these cars from Shelby American Read more…

1966

56 years ago

The 100,000th Porsche was produced, a 912 Targa outfitted for the police, was delivered Read more…

1966

56 years ago

The film Grand Prix was launched in the US – although it was criticised for its lack of plot, fans loved the real race scenes mixed in with staged action Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The film “The Graduate” opened at two theatres in New York: the Coronet on Third Avenue and the Lincoln Art Theater on Broadway Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Carl Breer (87), one of the core engineering people along with Fred M Read more…

1979

43 years ago

The U Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Amie Noelle Comeaux (21), an American country music star died returning home with her grandmother and her godchild, Megan, in Louisiana after her car hydroplaned due to severe rain weather and struck a tree Read more…

1999

23 years ago

A study into fatigue-related accidents, undertaken by researchers at the University of North Carolina in the US, reported that night-shift workers were four or five times more likely to crash their cars than people who work during the day Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Citroen has made history in the UK by selling more than 100,000 vehicles in a year for the first time ever, beating its previous best figure by more than 11,000 Read more…

2003

19 years ago

The ex-wife of rap star Eminem, Kimberly Mathers pleaded guilty to a drug and driving offences Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Jaguar workers at the firm’s Castle Bromwich Manufacturing Centre celebrated as the first of the new generation XKs rolled off the production line Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Two buses collided head-on near Akure, Nigeria, killing 17 people Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Russian riot police in Vladivostok clubbed, kicked and detained dozens as hundreds of people across the country protested an increase in car import tariffs Read more…

2010

12 years ago

Toyota Motor Corp Read more…

2018

4 years ago

The California Public Utilities Commission approved a bid by Zoox of Foster City to offer rides to the public in self-driving cars, but with a trained test driver at the wheel ready to take over Read more…

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