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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, June 20, 2013

30 June, 1953

The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line and will be the industry’s first production vehicle with a fiberglass body.  Fiberglass presents some new challenges to the collision repair industry, used to working with stamped steel bodies.  It was also the first mass-produced American car with a wrap-around windshield thereby eliminating a troublesome blind spot at the corner of the windshield thereby increasing the driver’s line of vision, ostensibly making the car safer.  The wrap-around design was the brainchild of legendary car designer Harley Earl.  Interestingly, Harley’s father, J.W. Earl developed and patented a tilting windshield in 1911, another innovation for it’s time.  

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