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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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Monday, June 10, 2013

1943

Boeing Aircraft Company designs an automobile slated for post-war production.  Its design, not surprisingly, is heavily influenced by aircraft design, with a 75HP rear engine and an all-aluminum body.  It never reaches production, but its development underscores the fact that using something other than steel for car bodies is not an entirely new idea.  Today, ironically enough, auto manufacturers are using more and more aluminum to save vehicle weight and increase fuel economy.  This creates new challenges for body shops used to working with stamped steel. 

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