Cadillac introduces a car with interchangeable parts. It is assumed that this created a need for dealership parts departments – and the ability to replace collision-damaged, and mechanically-worn parts.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
The Dodge Brothers order 5,000 all-steel car bodies from The Budd Company, which had been founded in 1912 in Philadelphia as The Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company. Dodge produced what would be some of the earliest all-steel-bodied passenger cars. ...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The first driving school in the world opens for business in London, England; the British School of Motoring. In the US, the first driver-training and auto-maintenance classes were established in the spring of 1935 by industrial engineering professor,...
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Despite the growing popularity of the automobile, two-million horse-drawn wagons are produced. Back then, the wagon body and car body were both wood. And if either needed to be painted, both were painted with a brush. Paint would not be spray-able in...
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Oldsmobile Pirate hits a then-blistering 60 MPH on the beach at Daytona, Florida. Cars weren’t traveling that fast on the streets – yet. The average speed was about 20MPH – which was plenty fast considering the infant technology...
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The Calumet Paint Company of Chicago is acquired by the Sherwin-Williams company, then an 18 year-old paint manufacturer. Calumet manufactured paints for railroad cars and with burgeoning railroad lines all over the US, the future in these finishes l...
Saturday, March 01, 2014
As early as the Revolutionary War period, men had dreamed of vehicles that would traverse the land between settlements in self-powered vehicles that would run on common roads. On this date Oliver Evans of Philadelphia received a patent for a hi...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The E.I. DuPont de Nemours Company of Wilmington, Delaware becomes the single largest supplier of gunpowder in America. It would take a few years, but DuPont would eventually become one of the largest automotive refinish paint manufacturers in the US...
Friday, February 21, 2014
The Sikkens Company begins manufacturing what was called Japanese lacquers, a smooth, high-gloss paint used primarily for interior home decoration. Sikkens would eventually be one of the largest automotive refinish paint manufacturers in the world.
Monday, February 10, 2014
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, “T...
Wednesday, February 05, 2014