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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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Friday, July 4, 2014

July 1963

In 2014, use of aluminum body parts is seen as something relatively new and innovative. Today, aluminum is used to save vehicle weight and thus increase fuel economy. Fifty years ago, in 1963, the Dodge Polara was available in a special package with weight-saving aluminum front fenders, bumper, and hood with a custom hood scoop. The aluminum saved about 150 pounds, less weight for the 426 engine and automatic transmission to push down the drag strip or around a NASCAR track, and thus increase speed and performance. It was one of the fastest production cars to-date out of Detroit.

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