This Week in Automotive History: Jan. 14-Jan. 20

Jan. 14, 1954


AMC is Formed: Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson merge to form American Motors Corporation.

Jan. 15, 1909


Jean Bugatti is Born: Automobile designer Jean Bugatti is born in Cologne, Germany, the eldest son of Automobiles E. Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti.

Jan. 16, 1853


Birth of Michelin: The inventor of the pneumatic tire, André Michelin, is born.

Jan. 17, 1953


Corvette Unveiled: The Corvette is first introduced at the GM Motorama as a concept show car.

Jan. 18, 1919


Bentley is Founded: Bentley Motors Limited is first formed by W.O. Bentley to manufacture luxury automobiles.

Jan. 19, 1903


Tour de France is Announced: A new bicycle race, the “Tour de France,” is announced. The race was organized to increase paper sales for the magazine “L’Auto.”

Jan. 20, 1901


Texas Strikes Oil: Oil is first discovered in the state of Texas.

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