This Week in Automotive History: Dec. 10-Dec. 16
Dec. 10, 1915
Model T Milestone: The 1,000,000th Model T Ford rolls off the assembly line.
Dec. 11, 1941
Hold that Spare: To preserve valuable resources in deference to the war effort, the sale of spare tires for new cars is prohibited in the United States.
Dec. 12, 2000
Exit Olds: General Motors announces that its Oldsmobile Division will cease operations.
Dec. 13, 1957
Bye-Bye, Baby Bird: The last of the two-seat Thunderbirds is completed as production gives way to the larger four-seat “Square Birds.”
Dec. 14, 1947
NASCAR Founded: Big Bill France establishes the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Dec. 15, 1896
Rotary Engine Car Patented: Stephen M. Balzer is granted a patent for a rotary engine automobile six years before rotary engine proponent Felix Wankel was to be born.
Dec. 16, 1949
First SAAB Produced: Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget produces its first car; the company would later change its name to SAAB.