January 3rd


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1870

153 years ago

Washington Roebling began construction on the Brooklyn Bridge; when it opened 13 years later, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world Read more…

1899

124 years ago

An editorial in The New York Times made a reference to an ‘automobile’ – the first known written use of the word Read more…

1916

107 years ago

Henry Ford, US industrialist, returned from abortive peace mission to Europe Read more…

1920

103 years ago

The Martin Wasp was introduced at the Hotel Commodore in New York City Read more…

1921

102 years ago

The Studebaker Corporation announced that it would no longer build farm wagons Read more…

1925

98 years ago

The Hupmobile Model E-1 was introduced, the marque’s first 8-cylinder car Read more…

1926

97 years ago

General Motors introduced the Pontiac brand name Read more…

1928

95 years ago

The Packard 443 Custom was introduced along with rumble seat coupe and a convertible coupe as an additional body style in all series Read more…

1929

94 years ago

Herbert Austin arrived in New York City to arrange for the production of the Austin Seven in the US Read more…

1931

92 years ago

The Marmon Sixteen was introduced at the 31st Annual New York Show Read more…

1934

89 years ago

The British government announced that road signs were to be standardised, including a sign for ‘Main Road Ahead’, but surprisingly no ‘Stop’ sign. Read more…

1939

84 years ago

The experimental Rolls-Royce ‘Big Bertha’, a Wraith chassis with a straight-8 engine, was completed Read more…

1941

82 years ago

William J Lane (100), one of the three brothers that designed and built the Lane Steam car 1900-1911, died in Poughkeepsie, New York, US Read more…

1963

60 years ago

Internationale premier of the Ford Thunderbird Limited Edition Landau or the “Princess Grace Landau” took place at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco to commemorate Ford’s involvement in the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally Read more…

1972

51 years ago

The largest filling station of the 20,106 in the UK, the ESSO service area on the M4 at Leigh Delamere in Wiltshire, opened Read more…

1980

43 years ago

Sprintcar builder and Indy 500 crew chief Wally Meskowski died at the age of 64 Read more…

1982

41 years ago

Howard A “Dutch” Darrin (84), a partner in the custom coachbuilding firms of Hibbard & Darrin 1922-1932 and Fernandez & Darrin 1932-37, a consultant with many automobile companies in the United States and Europe, and a stylist with Nash, Packard, Kaiser and others, died in Santa Monica, California, US Read more…

1992

31 years ago

The Citroen Xantia made its market debut Read more…

1995

28 years ago

Nigel Mansell’s plans to return to F1 were all but ended with Williams’ announcement they had opted David Coulthard for the coming season Read more…

1996

27 years ago

After being alerted by his wife Pam Dawber, actor Mark Harmon saved two teenagers who were trapped inside a burning Jeep Cherokee in Los Angeles, California Read more…

1999

24 years ago

The “Inspirational Yellow” Concept Thunderbird was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show Read more…

2003

20 years ago

MG Rover Group announced a ‘free fuel until 2004’ offer on MG and Rover cars registered before 31 March 2003 Read more…

2003

20 years ago

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart announced his team was up for sale, admitting that the days of private teams were numbered Read more…

2005

18 years ago

A truck overloaded with Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims overturned in Qinghai province, China killing 54 Read more…

2007

16 years ago

A 77 seat double-decker National Express coach overturned near Heathrow Aiport after failing to negotiate a slip road between the M4 and the M25 Read more…

2007

16 years ago

A seven month trial of a congestion pricing system began in Stockholm, Sweden which was so successful that it was made permanent in August 2007 Read more…

2008

15 years ago

Ford Motor Co Read more…

2008

15 years ago

James Stewart (76), elder brother of Jackie Stewart, who participated in a single World Championship Grand Prix, driving for Ecurie Ecosse, died Read more…

2011

12 years ago

The Citroën DS4 was launched, the second vehicle in the DS line is a raised four-door coupé that combined performance and versatility for a new driving sensation Read more…

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