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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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Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 27, 1908

The Ford Model T is introduced. Ford paints the Model T’s in black because at that time, black paint dried faster than any other and high-production, and gaining economies of scale were important to Henry Ford. To produce cars at the rate he was selling them, Henry Ford had to dedicate 20 acres of space just to store cars during the paint process. At the time, car bodies were primarily made of wood and painted with brushes. Applying paint with a spray gun would not be introduced until 1926.

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