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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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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


The first car with 4-wheel hydraulic brakes is introduced, the Duesenberg Model A. All other cars at that time used cable-operated mechanical brakes. In fact, despite the obvious advantages of hydraulic versus mechanical brake systems, it took almost 20 years until all vehicles on the road had hydraulic brake systems. By 1939, all cars could stop better, but it still didn’t keep them from crashing into each other – and into stationary objects. Today’s brake systems and integrated collision avoidance systems are extremely sophisticated… but still not totally “accident proof.”

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