October 1st


On this day in…

1847

175 years ago

The world’s first sale of pneumatic tires was made to Lord Lorane of Albany Park, Guilford, England Read more…

1883

139 years ago

Benz & Company Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik, usually referred to as, Benz & Cie, was founded by Karl Benz, FriedrichWilhelm Esslinger and Heinrich Kleyer in in Mannheim, Germany Read more…

1896

126 years ago

The first Mercedes truck, of 1 Read more…

1896

126 years ago

The Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club was founded Read more…

1899

123 years ago

‘Levegh’ driving a Mors 16 hp won the 163 mile (262 Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The Ford Motor Company was immediately profitable Read more…

1908

114 years ago

The first Ford overseas sales branch opens in Paris, France Read more…

1908

114 years ago

The Ford Model T was introduced to the American public, and Ford’s affordable revolution had begun Read more…

1909

113 years ago

Ford opened a sales company in London, England Read more…

1910

112 years ago

The Vanderbilt Cup was won by Harry Grant in an ALCO-6 Read more…

1911

111 years ago

Ford opened its first an assembly plant outside North America, a former tram factory in Trafford Park, Manchester, England, employing 60 staff to assemble the Ford Model T Read more…

1912

110 years ago

David Bruce-Brown (25), an American racecar driver, was killed during practice for the 1912 American Grand Prize and Vanderbilt Cup races held in Milwaukee Read more…

1913

109 years ago

Eugene J Read more…

1915

107 years ago

The Henry Ford Hospital opened in Detroit, Michigan, US Read more…

1925

97 years ago

Dodge Brothers, Inc Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The II Royal Automobile Club Grand Prix, commonly referred to as the 1927 British Grand Prix was held at the Brooklands circuit Read more…

1929

93 years ago

The 1930 Nash Motor Company’s model range were introduced, including the new top-of-the-line Series 490 Read more…

1931

91 years ago

Oxford Street’s new traffic lights in London were reported to speed up evening rush-hour traffic by 90 per cent Read more…

1931

91 years ago

Production began at Ford’s Dagenham Plant in east London, then Europe’s largest factory Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The 1934 Nash Motor Company’s model range were introduced featuring new styling by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky Read more…

1936

86 years ago

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën presented its first diesel-powered light utility vehicles: the 500DI (500 kg diesel), the 850DI (850 kg diesel) and the 23DI (1,500 kg diesel) Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Buses began replacing trams in Sydney, Australia and heralded the end of the tram network Read more…

1940

82 years ago

The Pennsylvania Turnpike, America’s first example of a toll superhighway, officially opened for service on this day Read more…

1943

79 years ago

The GMC Truck & Coach Division of General Motors was created from the former Yellow Truck & Coach Manufacturing Company Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Austin unveiled the A40, to replace the ‘8’ and ‘10’ models Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Packard purchased Studebaker, creating the Studebaker-Packard Corporation Read more…

1955

67 years ago

The Ohio Turnpike opened to the public Read more…

1959

63 years ago

General Motors stylists began developing the XP-727, a clay mock-up that would evolve into the front wheel drive 1967 Cadillac Eldorado sport coupe Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Rex White passed pole-sitter Junior Johnson just past halfway to win the Wilkes 200 at North Wilkesboro (North Carolina, US) Speedway Read more…

1963

59 years ago

The Pontiac GTO was introduced as an option package for the deluxe Tempest, available with the two-door coupe, hardtop, and convertible body styles Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Ferrari introduced the 275 GTB at the Paris Motor Show Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The first traffic to use the new £5-million Leicestershire (England) section of the M1 was led by two white, police-patrol Jaguars, which travelled from Misterton to Crick at 7 Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The 1965 Ford Mustangs were officially introduced, including the new 2+2 fastback coupe Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Richard Petty beat Dick Hutcherson by two laps at North Wilkesboro, to win his milestone 75th NASCAR Grand National Series race, and record his 10th consecutive victory Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Jim Clark finished six seconds ahead of Lotus teammate Graham Hill after nursing his limping car through the final two laps, to win his third and final American Grand Prix Read more…

1968

54 years ago

The 1969 AMC models were introduced, including the last cars to bear the historic Rambler name Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Austin 1300GT and Morris 1300GT were both launched (OTR £910) in Britain Read more…

1970

52 years ago

The Citroën GS, part of a new wave of forward thinking European saloons that rode on a crest of a wave with cars such as the Alfasud and Fiat 128, was introduced in Paris Read more…

1976

46 years ago

The Bristol Britannia was introduced as the successor to the Bristol 603 Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Carlos Reutemann won the US Grand Prix, the fourth and final win in his last season before leaving Ferrari, while championship leader Mario Andretti, driving the JPS team’s second car after an accident in practice, retired when his engine blew Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Rear fog lamps become mandatory in Britain for most vehicles manufactured after this day and used from 1 April 1980 Read more…

1980

42 years ago

The Rolls Royce Silver Sprite was introduced to replace the Silver Shadow Read more…

1982

40 years ago

Warren Johnson set an NHRA Pro Stock 1/4-mile top speed record when he ran 181 Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Ninian Sanderson (60), winner of the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, died from cancer in Glasgow, Scotland Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Andy McVann (21) of indie group, The Farm died when he lost control of his car during a high speed police chase Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Sir Alec Issigonis, Greek-British designer of the Morris Minor and the Mini, knighted in 1969, died at his home in Edgbaston, Birmingham aged 81 Read more…

1989

33 years ago

A new accompanied motorcycle test was introduced in Britain Read more…

1989

33 years ago

A flag-to-flag victory for Ayrton Senna in a McLaren at the Spanish Grand Prix only came after he held of a determined challenge from the Ferrari of Gerhard Berger Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Dick Johnson and John Bowe drove a Ford Sierra to victory in the Toohey’s 1000 at Mount Panorama in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Damon Hill conceded the title was Schumacher’s after crashing out of the European Grand Prix on the ninth lap Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Mark Martin held off Rusty Wallace to win the Tyson Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (US) Read more…

1996

26 years ago

The driving theory test pass mark in the UK was raised from 26/35 to 30/35 Read more…

2002

20 years ago

The Durham City congestion charge, the first congestion charge to be introduced in the UK, commenced Read more…

2004

18 years ago

The AA left the Centrica group, following its acquisition for £1 Read more…

2004

18 years ago

The City of Los Angeles, California offered free parking to all hybrid electric vehicles, extending an existing offer of free parking for all pure electrical vehicles Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The Ford Focus ST became available to order in the UK Read more…

2011

11 years ago

The MINI Cooper Coupe, MINI Cooper S Coupe, and MINI John Cooper Works Coupe went on sale worldwide Read more…

2012

10 years ago

VDL NedCar announced that it has signed a contract to build future MINI models in Born, The Netherlands Read more…

2013

9 years ago

A Tesla Model S caught fire after the vehicle hit metal debris on a highway in Kent, Washington, US Read more…

2014

8 years ago

The tax disc was no longer required to be displayed on vehicles in the UK Read more…

2017

5 years ago

A Koenigsegg Agera RS set an unofficial record for 0–400–0 km/h (0–249–0 mph) with a time of 36 Read more…

2017

5 years ago

Parisians and tourists were encouraged to stroll through the City of Light as officials banned cars from its streets for a day Read more…

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