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1910

    Henry Ford opens a production plant in Highland Park near Detroit to produce the Model T.

    William Durant founds Chevrolet.

1911

    Charles Kettering develops first electrical self-starter and sells 8,000 to Cadillac.

    Painted center lines begin appearing on highways.

    Louis Chevrolet drives a Buick in the Indianapolis 500.

1912

    Cadillac is the first U.S. car to feature an electric starter, along with new lighting and ignition devices.

    Standard Oil Company opens its first gas station in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    The price of a Ford Model T, introduced in 1908, drops to $575.

1913

    Ford's Highland Park plant, the "Crystal Palace," becomes the first to use a moving assembly line to produce over 1,000 cars per day.

1914

    Ford engineers John and Horace Dodge start their own company.

    The first stoplight and the first stop sign appear in Detroit.

    Henry Ford 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.

    Cadillac develops the V8 engine

1915

    The Budd Co. produces an all-steel body for Dodge.

1916

    Stoplights, rear-view mirrors and mechanical windshield wipers appear on some cars.

    Work begins on a nation-wide coordinated highway system.

1917

    Henry and Wilfred LeLand leave General Motors to found the Lincoln Motor Company.

1918

    In 1918 Sunday driving is banned to conserve gasoline during World War I.

1920

    The 1920 Duesenberg introduces hydraulic brakes.

    LeLand's Lincoln luxury car appears in September.

1921

    W. M. Folberth invents the automatic windshield wiper.

1922

    Ford buys the bankrupt Lincoln Motor Company for the bargain price of $8 million. The Leland brothers leave six months later.

    George Frost invents the car radio.

    Instrument panels feature gasoline gauges.

    The 1922 Essex features an affordable, closed car for year-round driving.

    Some car models feature back-up lights.

1923

    Firestone introduces the automobile balloon tire.

1924

    Henry Ford lowers the price of his Model T to $290.00

    Vincent Bendix markets a four-wheel brake system.

    Purolator develops an automotive oil filter.

    Walter Chrysler leaves General Motors's Buick division to form Chrysler Motor Corporation

    Nash installs electric clocks in its dashboards.

1925

    Front and rear bumpers become standard equipment.

    The first interstate highway, the Lincoln Highway (today's Interstate 80), opens between New York and San Francisco.

    Walter Chrysler adds the Maxwell-Chalmers Motor Corp. to his year-old Chrysler Motor Corporation and changes the company's name to Chrysler Corporation.

1926

    Route 66, a paved highway from Chicago to Los Angeles, is opened.

1927

    Ford ceases Model T production after 18 years and more than 15 million cars.

    Harley Earl designs the LaSalle for Cadillac.

    Chrysler produces the first Plymouth and DeSoto motor cars and buys Dodge

1928

    In 1928 Ford introduces the Model A.

1929

    In 1929 the Cord features front-wheel drive.

1930

In 1930 Motorola introduces the first commercial car radio; and Cadillac develops the V16