Most often noted as the first street in America to be paved with concrete in 1891, as opposed to the earlier macadam method, is Court Avenue in Bellefontaine, Ohio. It is unknown however, when the first accident happened on this street.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The first U.S. patent for a seat belt is issued to Edward J. Claghorn of New York. It was described in the patent as "designed to be applied to the person, and provided with hooks and other attachments for securing the person to a fixed object....
Friday, February 1, 2013
As early as 1898, vehicle manufacturers and engineers were looking for ways to make cars easier to drive, and safer by preventing accidents. They quickly realized that driving at night could be dangerous. So, the first automotive headlamp...
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Depending on the source and circumstances, there are several claims to being the very first automobile accident in American history – this is one. From the turn of the 20th century forward, Detroit was known as the car-building capital of...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Professional painters of the late 1870’s mixed their own paint, their own way, with their own formula. “Store-bought” paint was usually unreliable and of poor quality. Then, Henry Sherwin found a way to make a quality, r...
Thursday, January 10, 2013
E.I. DuPont and his father, Pierre Samuel, visit one of the leading gunpowder manufacturers in the U.S., the Lane-Decatur Company outside Philadelphia to observe their manufacturing process. E.I. found fault with almost every aspect of the oper...
Saturday, January 5, 2013
An article entitled, “Preview of Coming Electronics” seen in a collision industry magazine notes: “Automotive electronics is big business today but what we’ve seen so far is barely a bit in the kilobyte that’s to come.&n...
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The first waterborne paint is developed for automotive refinish use by Inmont paint of France. (Prior technology used solvent-based paints.) Waterborne paint for automotive refinishing first became popular in Europe but would be virtually unkno...
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Domestic cars sales were down for 1959, but, led by the ubiquitous VW bug, import sales saw a dramatic jump to 614,131 units; giving them a 10% market share. Only six years earlier, import cars were 1% of the market and nobody gave them a secon...
Monday, December 10, 2012
Automotive curved windshields are introduced in limited numbers. However, the curved windshield, and back-glass would not be widely used until the mid-1950’s.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012