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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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Thursday, August 15, 2013


Hupmobile, at the Detroit Auto Show in 1913, introduced the first stamped steel auto body made by the Budd Company of Detroit.  Much of the coachwork on cars of that era was wood.  This introduced a new era in collision repair, not unlike today when collision technicians are faced with high-strength steel, aluminum, and composite materials

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