March 20th


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1920

102 years ago

Bugatti delivered its first 16-valve car, a Type 13, to a customer in Basel, Switzerland Read more…

1920

102 years ago

Tazio Nuvolari claimed his first auto racing victory in the 170 mile Verona Cup regularity race driving an Ansaldo Tipo 4 Read more…

1925

97 years ago

The Opel 4/12 bhp “Laubfrosch” (German for tree frog) was exhibited at the Geneva Auto Show Read more…

1928

94 years ago

James Ward Packard, founder of the Ohio Automobile Company and the Packard Motor Car Company, died in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 64 Read more…

1930

92 years ago

Clessie L Cummins set the first official world land speed record for diesel-powered cars, reaching 80 Read more…

1936

86 years ago

The BMW 326 made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, available in 3 versions: a 4-door limousine at a price of 5500 Reichsmark (RM), a 2-door cabriolet at 6550 RM, and a 4-door cabriolet at 7200 RM Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Fiat caused a sensation at the 1952 Geneva Show when it launched the 8V Berlinetta coupe with its exceptionally aggressive styling Read more…

1953

69 years ago

The Kaiser Carolina, a stripped down version of the Kaiser Deluxe, was introduced as a mid-year model Read more…

1955

67 years ago

American race driver Larry Crockett died, at the age of 28, in a crash at the Langhorne speedway Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Mercury discontinued the Turnpike Cruiser convertible Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replica after producing 1,265 units Read more…

1966

56 years ago

The Lola T90 Indycar made its debut in the USAC Championship race at Phoenix, Arizona, USA Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Porsche officially submitted the 917 to the FIA for homologation Read more…

1972

50 years ago

The Penske L&M Porsche 917/10 Can-Am racer was unveiled to the press and sponsors at Road Atlanta in Brazelton, Georgia, US Read more…

1977

45 years ago

James Hunt driving a McLaren-Cosworth M23 won the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch Read more…

1985

37 years ago

The Ford Scorpio (Granada in Germany) was launched in Europe; it replaced the Consul and previous Granada Read more…

1988

34 years ago

The last Pontiac Fiero was produced Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Whilst on tour, a semi trailer rammed into a tour bus containing singer Gloria Estefan, husband Emilio, their son and three other passengers at Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, US severely injuring Gloria Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Morgan Shepherd took the lead with 12 laps remaining to win the Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 at Atlanta, Georgia (US) an event postponed six days due to a blizzard Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Michael Andretti won the Australian CART Indy Car race driving a Reynard Read more…

2000

22 years ago

An international jury of journalists, artists and designers awarded the new Opel Astra Coupé with a prize for “The Most Beautiful Car in The World” in a ceremony during the international exhibition “Design in Motion 2000” at the Triennale in Milan, Italy. Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Giulio Alfieri (77), the Italian automobile engineer, affiliated with Maserati in Modena, Italy since 1953, where he was central to the development of racing and production cars in the 1950s and 1960s, died Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The second round of the 2005 Formula 1 championship took place in Malaysia Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Bill Lester became the first African American to start a race at NASCAR’s top level since Willy T Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announced the first ever UK motorway car share lane – on the M606/M62 at junction 26 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The Highway Agency began a £289 million scheme to widen the M1 motorway in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, between Luton and the M25 Read more…

2008

14 years ago

The X Prize Foundation and sponsor Progressive Casualty Insurance Co Read more…

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