October 2nd


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1902

120 years ago

The Ohio Automobile Company became Packard Motor Car Company Read more…

1907

115 years ago

The Moon Motor Car Company was incorporated with Joseph W Moon as President, Stewart McDonald as Vice President and General Manager, Alfred F Moberly as Treasurer and George H Schelp as Secretary Read more…

1912

110 years ago

Only eight race cars participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Race held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Read more…

1925

97 years ago

London’s red buses, with a roofed-in upper deck and jump-on entrance, went into service Read more…

1930

92 years ago

The Ford Motor Company Aktiengensellschaft, as Ford-Germany was originally known, began constructing a new factory in Cologne, which is still the headquarters of the company Read more…

1930

92 years ago

Daimler-Benz AG presented its biggest, heaviest and most expensive passenger car, the 770 model, “Big Mercedes” (W07) at the Paris Motor Show; it had a 7 Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The Bentley 3½ Litre (later enlarged to 4¼ Litre) was presented to the public, shortly after the death of Henry Royce, and was the first new Bentley model following Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of the Bentley brand in 1931 Read more…

1935

87 years ago

Rolls-Royce announced their new 7 Read more…

1936

86 years ago

The first Kenworth cab-over-engine truck was produced Read more…

1945

77 years ago

BMW’s assets were seized and the US Army declared it subject to reparations Read more…

1945

77 years ago

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited was founded Read more…

1947

75 years ago

The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) formally established Formula One racing in Grand Prix competition for the first time Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Law student Cameron Argetsinger’s vision of bringing European style racing competition to the place where he spent his summer vacations became a reality Read more…

1948

74 years ago

The Royal Automobile Club International Grand Prix was staged at Silverstone Airfield in Northamptonshire Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The seventh race of the inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock season was held at Heidelberg Raceway, near Pittsburgh (US) Read more…

1952

70 years ago

The first street car to use Gioacchino Colombo’s 250 V12 engine, the Ferrari 250 Europa GT, was introduced Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The 100,000th Volkswagen Transporter was produced Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The last Detroit-built Hudson was produced Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Vauxhall introduced its Cresta and Velox models Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The Jaguar Mark 2 saloon was introduced Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Chevrolet debuted the Corvair Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The MG 1100 four-door saloon costing £949 was launched in Britain Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Tom Green driving the Wingfoot Express, raised the land speed record to 413 Read more…

1966

56 years ago

The American Grand Prix won by Jim Clark in a Lotus 43 powered by the BRM H-16 – the only 16- cylinder car to win a Grand Prix – at an average speed of 114 Read more…

1969

53 years ago

The Renault 12 was officially launched in Paris Read more…

1975

47 years ago

The Pininfarina-styled Ferrari 308 GTB was introduced at Paris as a supplement to the odd Bertone-shaped Dino 308 GT4 and a replacement for the 246 Dino Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Fourth at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen was enough to secure Niki Lauda his second world championship in three years, with James Hunt, who was champion in between Lauda’s triumphs, winning a wet race from Mario Andretti Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the DeLorean Motor Car Company factory in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland Read more…

1980

42 years ago

The limited edition Citroen 2CV Charleston, with a two-tone paint scheme and round headlamps, was introduced Read more…

1982

40 years ago

The Citroen BX was unveiled in Paris under the Eiffel Tower Read more…

1983

39 years ago

A monument to Count Albert de Dion was dedicated in Puteaux, France Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The Citroen AX was launched at the Paris Motor Show Read more…

1987

35 years ago

Mike Dunn became the first man to record a top speed in excess of 280 mph in an NHRA Funny Car, when he ran 280 Read more…

1988

34 years ago

John Force became the first NHRA Funny Car driver to run the 1/4-mile in less than 4 Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Alain Prost secured a crucial victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, his second win in eight days, to gain five-point lead over McLaren team-mate and rival Ayrton Senna, who managed fourth after problems with his fuel consumption computer Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Oscar De Vita (Italy) driving the Bertone ZER (Zero Emission Record) prototype at the Nardo Circuit, Italy recorded the greatest distance covered in 1 hour by an electric car – 124 Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Olivier Gendebien died at the age of 74 Read more…

1999

23 years ago

The largest parade of “Utes” – Australian utility vehicles – took place at Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, when 2,839 gathered for the “Play On The Plains” festival Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The American automobile executive J Edward Lundy (92), former chief financial officer of Ford Motor Company, died Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Nissan unveiled the Nuvu, a prototype for an electric city car Read more…

2010

12 years ago

The Paris Motor Show opened Read more…

2019

3 years ago

The US National Transportation Safety Board recommended that new vehicles that are stretched into limousines should have safety belts for all seats and seats that better protect passengers in a crash Read more…

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