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Henry Ford opens a
production plant in Highland Park near Detroit
to produce the Model T.
develops first electrical self-starter and sells
8,000 to Cadillac.
lines begin appearing on highways.
drives a Buick in the Indianapolis 500.
Cadillac is the
first U.S. car to feature an electric starter,
along with new lighting and ignition devices.
Company opens its first gas station in
The price of a Ford
Model T, introduced in 1908, drops to $575.
Park plant, the "Crystal Palace," becomes the
first to use a moving assembly line to produce
over 1,000 cars per day.
Ford engineers John
and Horace Dodge start their own company.
The first stoplight
and the first stop sign appear in Detroit.
announces a 40-hour work week at pay of $5.00
per day, up from $2.34 per day. The Ford Model T
has nearly half the market.
the V8 engine
The Budd Co.
produces an all-steel body for Dodge.
rear-view mirrors and mechanical windshield
wipers appear on some cars.
Work begins on a
nation-wide coordinated highway system.
Henry and Wilfred
LeLand leave General Motors to found the Lincoln
In 1918 Sunday
driving is banned to conserve gasoline during
World War I.
The 1920 Duesenberg
introduces hydraulic brakes.
luxury car appears in September.
W. M. Folberth
invents the automatic windshield wiper.
Ford buys the
bankrupt Lincoln Motor Company for the bargain
price of $8 million. The Leland brothers leave
six months later.
invents the car radio.
feature gasoline gauges.
The 1922 Essex
features an affordable, closed car for
Some car models
feature back-up lights.
introduces the automobile balloon tire.
Henry Ford lowers
the price of his Model T to $290.00
markets a four-wheel brake system.
an automotive oil filter.
leaves General Motors's Buick division to form
Chrysler Motor Corporation
electric clocks in its dashboards.
Front and rear
bumpers become standard equipment.
interstate highway, the Lincoln Highway (today's
Interstate 80), opens between New York and San
adds the Maxwell-Chalmers Motor Corp. to his
year-old Chrysler Motor Corporation and changes
the company's name to Chrysler Corporation.
Route 66, a paved
highway from Chicago to Los Angeles, is opened.
Ford ceases Model T
production after 18 years and more than 15
Harley Earl designs
the LaSalle for Cadillac.
the first Plymouth and DeSoto motor cars and
In 1928 Ford
introduces the Model A.
In 1929 the Cord
features front-wheel drive.
In 1930 Motorola introduces the first commercial
car radio; and Cadillac develops the V16