James Watt builds the first engine crank.
The first U.S. toll roads opened in PA and CT.
Jean Lenoir invents the spark plug.
The Benz became the first car offered for sale.
The Duryea became the first production motor vehicle in the U.S.
The first auto insurance policy is purchased in Westfield, MA.
The first Guide Michelin published mostly containing a list of gas stations in France.
The first Grand Prix race was won with an average speed of 46 mph.
The first American car manufactured in any quantity, the "Curved Dash" Olds is offered for $650.
More than one million cars registered in the U.S.
The Chevrolet bow-tie emblem first appears.
The first electric traffic light was installed in Cleveland.
Powered windshield wipers became standard equipment on many cars.
A radio was first offered as an accessory.
Buick introduces turn signals as standard equipment.
The first power windows were introduced.
Harley Earl introduces the tail fin on the Cadillac. Fins don't go away for over a decade.
Chevrolet introduces its Harley Earl-designed Corvette.
Padded dashboards introduced for safety.
Electric door locks introduced on several luxury models.
The first remote adjusted side view mirror.
Ford introduces the first electric trunk release.
Chrysler introduces the day-night rearview mirror.
All-weather antifreeze plus coolant introduced.
Seat belts first offered as standard equipment.
Rear seat belts became standard on most cars.
National 55 mph speed limit enacted after oil shortages.
Chrysler introduces the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth voyager minivans.
Cars traveled along LA freeways at an average speed of 60 mph. In 1982 the average was only 17 mph!
The average American family spent 33 percent of their yearly income for a new car. In 1995 the average was 50 percent.
the Big Three sold a whopping 97,000 cars in Japan.