January 18th


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1902

122 years ago

Byron J Read more…

1904

120 years ago

The Society of Automotive Engineers was organised in New York City, US Read more…

1907

117 years ago

The Hispåno-Suiza was introduced in England at the Midland Motor Show in Bingley Hall, near Birmingham Read more…

1908

116 years ago

The first production Lancia, the 12HP Alpha was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show Read more…

1919

105 years ago

Bentley Motors was established in London, England by W Read more…

1934

90 years ago

Manfred Von Brauchitsch drove the Mercedes-Benz W25 Grand Prix car during its first test runs, on the Autostrada between Milan and Varese in Italy Read more…

1937

87 years ago

Time magazine reported issue that Henry Ford drew dividends but no salary, while son Edsel’s $100,378 was topped by Vice President Peter Read more…

1937

87 years ago

Ford built its 25-millionth car Read more…

1937

87 years ago

Horse-drawn traffic was banned from the West End of London. Read more…

1940

84 years ago

The Packard Eighteenth Series 120 was introduced Read more…

1952

72 years ago

The Willys-Overland Company, the primary contractor of jeeps for the US military during World War Two, re-entered the commercial automobile market, with the Willys Aero line of passenger cars manufactured from 1952 through 1955 Read more…

1953

71 years ago

The inaugural Argentine Grand Prix was marred by the death of at least seven people and injuries to dozens more when on the 40th lap Nino Farina ploughed into the crowd which had spilled onto the edge of the track as he tried to avoid a spectator who had tried to cross the circuit Read more…

1955

69 years ago

August S Read more…

1963

61 years ago

The Chrysler Corporation acquired a majority share interest in the Societe Industrielle de Mecanique et Carrosserie Automobile (Simca) Read more…

1970

54 years ago

A Read more…

1995

29 years ago

Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead “totalled” his car when he crashed into a guardrail near Mill Valley, California Read more…

1996

28 years ago

Andrew L Freeman (86), the inventor of the headbolt heater died in Grand Forks, North Dakota, US Read more…

1996

28 years ago

The British automobile industry celebrated its centennial with a program in Coventry Cathedral Read more…

2000

24 years ago

Comedy veteran Sir Norman Wisdom was reunited with a precious Bentley after 19 years, thanks to a television programme Read more…

2002

22 years ago

A 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, purchased from the 1937 Berlin Motor Show stand for movie mogul Jack Warner was sold by RM Auctions at Phoenix at an auction for $3 Read more…

2002

22 years ago

Round 1 of the World Rally Championship, 68th Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo (15 stages, 397 km) began Read more…

2003

21 years ago

Andy Mackereth won the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall, New Jersey, US Read more…

2006

18 years ago

Thomas Murphy (90), former head of General Motors (1974-1981), died in Florida Read more…

2008

16 years ago

Bolivian police reported that a regular route bus ran off the road and plunged into a 600-feet deep ravine at outskirt of Manco Kapac, La Paz, Bolivia, killing 13, and injuring another 22 Read more…

2008

16 years ago

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U Read more…

2008

16 years ago

Four photographers were arrested for reckless driving after they chased American pop star Britney Spears’ car on the outskirts of Los Angeles Read more…

2009

15 years ago

This date marked the final day of a weeklong auction in which auto giant General Motors (GM) sold off historic cars from its Heritage Collection Read more…

2013

11 years ago

Calling it the “car Charles Rolls would choose to drive”, Rolls-Royce announced the 624 hp Wraith as a model that would “indulge a passion for innovation, engineering and adventure” Read more…

2014

10 years ago

Bryan Clauson won the 28th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, Tulsa, Oklahoma, US Read more…

2018

6 years ago

Bonhams sold a 1951 Vincent Black Lightning for $929,00, a world record for a motorcycle at auction, at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Read more…

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