February 7th


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1875

147 years ago

Yataro Iwasaki (50), the founder of Mitsubishi, died in Tokyo, Japan Read more…

1919

103 years ago

Henry Ford was ordered by the courts to distribute profits, with interest, to stockholders back to August 1916 Read more…

1920

102 years ago

The Amerada Corporation was founded in Delaware, US Read more…

1931

91 years ago

David Evans, driving the Cummins No Read more…

1938

84 years ago

The first bench tests of the new Mercedes-Benz 3-litre V-12 engines were conducted prior to its installation into the W154 chassis Read more…

1938

84 years ago

Harvey S. Firestone Read more…

1942

80 years ago

The US federal government ordered passenger car production to be stopped Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Two-time NASCAR Grand National champion Herb Thomas won the 1954 NASCAR season opener at West Palm Beach (US) in his Hudson Hornet Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Dodge began its lavish 40th anniversary celebration Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The 2,000,000th Cadillac was produced, a Sedan DeVille that was met at the end of the assembly line by Division General Manager James M Roche and Joe Malachinski, a Cadillac employee since 1903 Read more…

1958

64 years ago

DAF’s first production car Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The Daytona International Speedway formally opened Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Bruce McLaren took his second F1 victory at the season-opening Argentine Grand Prix Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Karl Maybach (80), son of Wilhelm Maybach, and designer of the Maybach Zeppelin of the 1930s, died in Friedrichshafen, Germany Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Flaminio Bertoni, Italian, automobile designer, responsible for some of the most radical reconceptualisations of automobiles ever died aged 61 years Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Canada imposed a 55mph speed limit Read more…

1981

41 years ago

Carlos Reutemann won the disputed South African Grand Prix in a Williams – the race did not count towards the FIA World Championship as it was not sanctioned, but one used as leverage by FISA in an ongoing battle with the governing body Read more…

1985

37 years ago

The first Ford Tempo with an air bag was delivered to the United States Department of Transportation for testing Read more…

1987

35 years ago

1987 Chicago Auto Show Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup Busch Clash race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida (US) Read more…

1998

24 years ago

A Chevrolet Corvette convertible featured on the cover of the 90th Chicago Auto Show program Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Umberto Maglioli, who gave Porsche their first overall Targa Florio win, died at the age of 69, after a long illness, in Monza, Italy Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Ferrari launched its car for the F1 2000 season Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Jack Fairman (88), British racing driver who participated in 13 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 18 July 1953, died Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Under shareholder pressure to return to profitability, General Motors Corporation announced it was cutting in half its yearly dividend to $1 a share and reducing the salaries of its chairman and senior leadership team. Read more…

2006

16 years ago

12 Turkish tourists died when their bus plunges into a ravine in Rome, Italy Read more…

2007

15 years ago

David Coulthard was fined $650 for injuring a woman in a road car accident in Monaco Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Scottish transport group FirstGroup purchased Laidlaw International for $3 Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Force India unveiled its first car, the VJM01 at ceremony in Mumbai Read more…

2009

13 years ago

A rare unrestored 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe that had been found in the garage of a British doctor a month earlier, was sold at a Paris auction for some $4 Read more…

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