Kaiser-Fraser formed July 26, 1945 – The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation was the result of a partnership between automobile executive Joseph W. Frazer and business man Henry J. Kaiser. In 1947, the company acquired the automotive assets of Graham-Paige. Interesting enough, Kaiser had no automotive business experience. In 1953 the company became just Kaiser and a few years later acquired Willy-Overland company.
Studebaker-Packard and Curtis-Wright management agreement on July 27, 1956 – Found this tidbit and wonder if maybe Studebaker/Packard in an attempt save a sinking ship wanted to use Curtis-Wright’s rotor engine.
Nash Motors incorporated on July 29, 1916 – Nash Motor Company as founded by Charles Nash when he purchased a company called Jeffery Company which made a car called the Rambler. I bet you can guess what came eventually American Motors and their Rambler. Shots below are from ones I took at the Good Guys Regional here in AZ
Buick buys Caddy on July 29, 1909 – In what was the early formation of General Motors, Buick Motor Company purchased Cadillac. Under the tutelage of William C. Durant Cadillac was the only brand that allowed to carry GM’s luxury car title, the others would share platform and be given “economic class” designations.
Henry Ford Born on July 30, 1863 – He was born in Greenfield Township, Michigan. His dad (William) was English, but born in Ireland and his mother (Mary)was born in Michigan. Commonly thought of as inventor of the assembly line, which in truth was Ransom Olds (Oldsmobile fame), but was the first to mass produce affordable cars for the public. He didn’t start out as a car guy, but a farmer and ran a lumber mill. After that he became an engineer for Edison Illumination Company.
July 31, 1911 GM shares go on sale.
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The new 2016 Scion is news. Looking a lot like a Ford the iA and iM are both under $20k. The iA has a 1.5 liter engine with 106 hp and the iM has 1.8 liter power plant with 137 hp. Both have 6 speed transmissions. While under 3ooo lbs (iM just under at 2943lb curb weight) they but down 0-60 number you would expect – 10 seconds and 9.5 seconds respectively.
Have you seen the new Dodge Viper? The ARC is going to top the pricing scale at near $120k. With that you’ll get the V10 power plant and a mere 645 hp.
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