The American Automobile Timeline 1899-1970

The American Automobile 1899-1970
Multimedial Historical Collection

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1906 earthquake and the following fire destroy San Francisco, Ca.
Ellis Island becomes the "waiting place" for generations of immigrants.
On October the 22nd, 1906 Henry Ford succeeds John Gray as Company President; acquires majority of stock.
At the end of 1906 Buick builds its first production four-cylinder car, a 1907 Model D.

In 1907 Henry M. Leland establishes the Cadillac School of Applied Mechanics, the first school to train machinists, technicians and toolmakers.
The Oakland Motor Car Co., predecessor to Pontiac Motor, is founded by Edward M. Murphy on August 28, 1907 in Pontiac, Michigan.
In 1907 windshields, tops, and headlights are added as optional equipment at an extra charge on every Auburn model.

The modern industrial production grows exponentially.
In 1908, the first day of October, Ford Model T hit the world markets, breaking soon all the sales records.1908 Ford's Model T changed the world and manufacturing forever.
Every single early model T comes out of the lines painted in black. Henry Ford use to say:"You can paint it any color, so long as it's black".
General Motors Company is organized in 1908 (Sept 16), incorporating the Buick Motor Company.
Oldsmobile becomes the second company to join General Motors when Olds Motor Works is sold to GM on Nov. 12, 1908.
Fisher Body Company is incorporated on July 22, 1908, by Albert, Fred and Charles Fisher and located in Detroit.
In 1908 Cadillac wins for the first time the Dewar Trophy of the Royal Automobile Club in London for demonstrating interchangeability of parts, a basic element in mass production.
Presenting the 1908 Cadillac Durant says:
This car set the stage for wider acceptance of the automobile by everyday drivers, introducing the concept of precision manufacturing of interchangeable parts: "cars would no longer be virtually one of a kind".
Lycoming is founded as a foundry and machine shop in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1908.
Buick production for 1908 is 8,820 cars, second only to Ford. This success is due to two reasons, the first being Buick's Model 10, the car that made Buick. The second is the merger with Olds, forming General Motors, under the guidance of Durant.
Also in 1908 unassembled Buicks are shipped to Canada for assembly and marketed under the name McLaughlin. The early McLaughlin bodies are greatly different from the U.S. Buicks but as time passes they resembled one another more and more. McLaughlin production lasts until WWll.

General Motors purchases a half interest in Oakland Motor Car Co. on January 20, 1909. When the Oakland's founder, Edward Murphy, passes away the following summer, his company comes under the full control of General Motors.
In 1932, the Oakland name is dropped from the vehicle line and Pontiac becomes the name of the Division.
General Motors purchases Cadillac for $5.5 million on July 29, 1909. Henry M. Leland and his son, Wilfred, are invited to continue operating Cadillac. They do so until 1917, when they leave to form Lincoln Motor Co.
AC Spark Plug joins GM. Known as Champion Ignition Company in 1909, the name is changed to AC Spark Plug Company in 1922 and made a Division in 1933.
General Motors acquires the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company of Pontiac, Michigan, the predecessor of GMC Truck, and Reliance Motor Truck Co. of Owosso, Michigan. A Rapid becomes the first truck to conquer Pikes Peak in 1909.
At the end of 1909 Bankers turn down William Durant's request for a loan to buy Ford Motor Co. for about $9.5 million.
The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded in 1909 by Howard Coffin, George W. Dunham and Roy E. Chapin. A substantial portion of the funding came from Joseph L. Hudson, a member of the family that owns and operates Detroit's pre-eminent department store, thus the Company is named in his honor. Of the founders, Chapin is the most experienced automotive executive, having worked for years at Oldsmobile.
To gain publicity immediately prior to the 1901 New York Auto Show, Ransom E.
Olds sended Chapin on a journey from Detroit to Manhattan in a Curved Dash Olds, a publicity stunt that later, in 1909, helps making the new Hudson brand famous since the early days of production.
Now at the top of his own Company, Chapin and his crew immediately set about turning Hudson into a name to be reckoned with. With savvy management and deep financial pockets, the Company quickly vaults ahead of scores of other firms that are trying to make a name for themselves in the fledgling automotive industry.

1910: Political pressure grows to build a bridge between New Jersey and the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Drinking and driving became against the law. Intoxication is determined by arresting officers.
Total vehicle production in the United States: 180,000.
Total vehicle registration: 468,500.
Hand-operated windshield wiper introduced.
In 1910 Cadillac is the first American manufacturer to offer closed bodies as standard equipment, revolutionizing motoring convenience by providing cleanliness and all-weather comfort.
In exchange for the loans required to avoid financial collapse, bankers step in and William Durant is removed from management of General Motors.
In just its second year of production, 1910, Hudson Motor Car Company ranks 11th in the nation in automobile production. Chapin realizes that most potential customers don't want to ride out in the elements, as they are forced to in the open cars of the era, so he developes "closed" models that allow driver and passengers to ride in relative comfort, an innovation that helps sales skyrocket.
During the years from 1905 and 1910, Buick's hoods became semi-oval in shape and from the side the fender radius outline gave the appearance of a section of roller coaster track, with steep inclined at the ends; this, of course, represents the fenders themselves.
In 1910 Buick's export theme is carried over to Britain. Thus, Bedford Buicks begin selling throughout England.
1910 marks the beginning of Durant's wild buying spree of other car makers and Buick's treasury is dipped into whenever extra funds were needed. To add to Buick's troubles the following year, the inexpensive Model 10 is dropped as Buick made the move into the high-priced, big-car range.
When Walter Chrysler joins the American Locomotive Company as manager of its Pittsburgh Works in 1910, his curiosity with the infant automobile industry leads him to buy his first automobile, a Locomobile Phaeton.




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Aftermath of San Francisco earthquake, April 18, 1906.
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Aftermath of San Francisco earthquake, Edison movie. Some interesting epoca cars shots.
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Mountain Washington Auto Race (1907)
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The first mountain auto race in American history.
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Boxe World Champion Jack Johnson proudly poses for the press on board of his glamorous convertible car.
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The horse's revenge! An automobile passes a horse driven car, but the engine have some problem, and the automobile stops in the middle of the road. The horse car's driver passes the motorist and makes jokes out of him.

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A 1910 Ford Model T. Epoca footage.
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President Roosevelt arrives, gets down from his parade car and is invited to fly in Arch Hoxsey's Plane at St. Louis, Mo., October1910.

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A 1910 Stanley Steamer car. Actual footage.



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