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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, February 5, 2014

1962

In September of this year, the very first nationally published collision repair trade publication, Auto Body News and Good Car Care magazine hits the streets. S.M. “Silvie” Licitra, the magazine’s editorial director writes, “Today’s master of body rebuilding must be a practical diagnostician, with the delicate touch of a surgeon, plus the skill of a practical mechanic. The blending, preparation, and application of modern paints is something acquired only by long experience with the aid of proper equipment. Verily, today’s auto body craftsman no longer is ‘just a body mechanic.’ He’s a skilled artisan – a professional. And his business is a profession!” The same holds true today, over 50 years later!

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