The decade of the ‘50s marked a golden era in the auto industry. American servicemen were back from the war. No longer were factories turning out bombs and bullets. It was time to build some cars that were destined to be classics---and time to introduce some new automotive technology.
We’ve all seen them on television shows, movies and of course in real life---police cruisers all smashed-up, usually as a result of an accident, sometimes sustaining collateral damage when forcing a “bad-guy” off the road, sometimes damaged at the end of a high-speed chase.
By 1943, WWII was in full swing. There were no new cars; tires and gasoline were rationed, and the American public wasn’t driving very far ... or bothering to renew their auto insurance.
The 1940s marked the end of the Great Depression as America was thrust into WWII.
Recently, Collision Safety Consultants (CSC), based in Belmont, NC, announced the opening of eight new locations.
The 1930s ushered in the biggest financial calamity of all time: the Great Depression.
Training: Providing a steady stream of automotive technicians, both mechanical and body, is a challenge today---not unlike the 1920’s.
Even before there were cars on the road, a number of people created products, provided services or simply had inauspicious beginnings that, although may have seemed trivial at the time, had a profound and lasting effect on the industry.
Welcome to In Reverse, a new column for Autobody News. Each month, we’ll put time and space in reverse to revisit the people, places and events that brought the collision industry to where it is today.