From aftermarketNews Staff & Wire Reports
WASHINGTON The automobile became a lot more user-friendly on this day in 1913. The occasion was the National Automobile Show in New York City. One of the new cars on display was the Hudson Model 54 — the first U.S. automobile with a closed body. Previously, cars left their occupants completely exposed to the weather, or, at best, covered by a convertible top.
The sedan body, coupled with the self starter which appeared for the first time the year before, made operating a car in rain and winter weather a much more pleasant proposition. In 1913, there were 485,000 cars and trucks made in the U.S. Now, that number rolls off the assembly lines every 15 days.
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