30 July 2012

This Week in Automotive History: July 30-Aug 5

July 30, 1898


First Advertisement for a Car: Scientific America runs the first printed car advertisement, featuring Winton Motor Car Company.

July 31, 1928


Chrysler Acquires Dodge Brothers: For the sum of $170 million, the Chrysler Corporation acquires the Dodge Brothers Company from investment bankers Dillon Read.

Aug. 1, 1941


Jeep Introduced to U.S. Army: The Willys Corporation introduces the Jeep to the U.S. Army, which was in need of a nimble and relatively swift all-terrain vehicle.

Aug. 2, 1987


Andretti Breaks Indy Record: Michael Andretti runs the fastest Indy car race in history during the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

Aug. 3, 2006


Saab Cuts Off Arms Sales to Venezuela: Saab, the Swedish arms company, announces it will no longer sell arms to Venezuela after a U.S. embargo is imposed against the country.

Aug. 4, 1956


First Motorcycle to Top 200 mph: A streamlined NSU becomes the first motorcycle to top 200 mph when Wilhelm Herz hits 210 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. 

Aug. 5, 1914


First Electric Traffic Lights: The first electric traffic signals are introduced in Cleveland, Ohio.

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