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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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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.

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