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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014


The Oldsmobile Pirate hits a then-blistering 60 MPH on the beach at Daytona, Florida. Cars weren’t traveling that fast on the streets – yet. The average speed was about 20MPH – which was plenty fast considering the infant technology of vehicles, and the condition of most roads and streets. Not to mention the absence of energy absorbing bumpers, or air bags. Cars weren’t very crash-worthy back then.

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