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

    William Durant founds Chevrolet.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


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


    Stoplights, 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 Motor Company.


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


    The 1920 Duesenberg introduces hydraulic brakes.

    LeLand's Lincoln 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.

    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.


    Firestone introduces the automobile balloon tire.


    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.


    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.


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


    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


    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