Monday, July 1, 2013
October 6-11, 1919
By 1919, car bodies were becoming more sophisticated. On this date, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association held the first “Closed Car Salon” auto show featuring only closed body vehicles. Prior to this time, many cars had open bodies, but more and more were closing them. Oddly, many people of the time did not like closed body vehicles, considering them too ostentatious, not unlike riding around in a display case. The enclosed body, largely made of wood, was a cabinet-maker’s work of art. However, it was arduous and time-consuming to make. Unlike today’s car bodies, the final product in 1919 was not light, silent, nor especially durable. But the growing use of stamped metal parts would soon speed the process of coach-building.