December 3rd


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1896

126 years ago

Fahrzeug-Fabrik Eiseach, an ancestor of BMW, was organised Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The Stafford Motor Car Company was incorporated by Terry Stafford in Missouri, US Read more…

1910

112 years ago

Neon lighting, invented by French physicist Georges Claude, was first demonstrated at the Paris Auto Show Read more…

1914

108 years ago

Daimler began production of artillery tractors for the British Army Read more…

1914

108 years ago

The first three Rolls-Royce armoured cars were delivered to the British Armed Forces Read more…

1917

105 years ago

The Quebec Bridge, the world’s largest cantilever, 1800ft between the piers and 3239 ft overall, over the St Lawrence River, was opened to traffic, at a cost of 87 lives and $Can 22,500,000 Read more…

1932

90 years ago

The 1933 Buicks were introduced Read more…

1936

86 years ago

Just three days after the fire at the Crystal Palace, work began on a Grand Prix track with a new “Panamac” non-skid surface Read more…

1948

74 years ago

The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation purchased the Willow Run factory, Michigan (US) that it had leased since 1945, for $15 Read more…

1951

71 years ago

The 1952 Pontiac car range were introduced Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Bobby Marshman (28) died from burns suffered a week earlier in a testing crash in Phoenix Arizona Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The 11-mile M1 section passing through Leicester, England which had required the removal of 7 million tons of earth and rock, came into use Read more…

1979

43 years ago

The last “fresh, bold and functional-looking” Pacer was produced by the American Motor Company Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Hughie Thompson, John Weston and Richard Steel (all UK) completed a 54,289 mile (87,367 km) journey through 18 countries in the World Bus, a red London Routemaster double-decker bus Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Wendell Scott (69), the first African-American NASCAR racer, died of spinal cancer Read more…

1999

23 years ago

In an online survey Americans chose the Ford Mustang as their all-time favourite car Read more…

1999

23 years ago

The Ferrari team drivers finished 1-2, with Michael Schumacher leading Rubens Barrichello, in a charity go-kart race in Koln, Germany – featuring past and present racing stars Read more…

2006

16 years ago

A tour bus bus carrying 45 plunged into a valley in Tainan, Taiwan, killing 22 and injuring 23 Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The world’s oldest-surviving Rolls-Royce, numbered 20154, became the most expensive veteran car on record when it fetched more than £3 Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Lewis Hamilton was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award Read more…

2014

8 years ago

Malaysian car manufacturer Proton officially announced plans to construct an automobile plant in Bangladesh Read more…

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