Welcome to 365 Days of Motoring

An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

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A chronological day-by-day history of Tesla.

Saturday 2nd February 1974

43 years ago

The Bricklin SV-1 was introduced at the National Association of Automobile Dealers convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. The gull-wing door sports car was assembled in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Manufactured from 1974 until late 1975 for the American market, the car was the creation of Malcolm Bricklin, an American millionaire who had previously founded Subaru of America. The car was designed by Herb Grasse.The Bricklin factory was not able to produce vehicles fast enough to make a profit. As a result, only 2,854 cars were built before the company went into receivership, owing the New Brunswick government $21 million,[citation needed] and less than 3,000 cars were built. The model name SV-1 was an acronym for "safety vehicle one". The original idea for the Bricklin SV-1 was a safe and economical sports car, but due to the added weight of the safety features, the car was inefficient and simply a safe sports car.[citation needed] The Bricklin was designed for safety with an integrated roll cage, 5 mph (8.0 km/h) bumpers, and side beams.[citation needed] The body was fibreglass with bonded acrylic in five "safety" colours: white, red, green, orange and suntan.[citation needed] The cars had no cigarette lighter or ashtray "to discourage smoking".[3] A non-smoker, Malcolm Bricklin believed it was unsafe to smoke and drive. The Bricklin is the only[citation needed] production vehicle in automotive history to have factory powered gull-wing doors that opened and closed at the touch of a button as standard equipment. (The later DeLorean DMC-12's gull-wing doors operate manually, and the Tesla Model X's rear doors are referred to as falcon-wing doors rather than gull-wing due to the extra hinge.)

Bricklin SV-1

Bricklin SV-1

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Tuesday 25th June 1974

42 years ago

The Bricklin SV-1 was introduced to the public in Livonia, Michigan, US. The model name SV-1 was an acronym for "safety vehicle one". The original idea for the Bricklin SV-1 was a safe and economical sports car, but due to the added weight of the safety features, the car was inefficient and simply a safe sports car. The Bricklin was designed for safety with an integrated roll cage, 5 mph (8.0 km/h) bumpers, and side beams.[citation needed] The body was fibreglass with bonded acrylic in five "safety" colours: white, red, green, orange and suntan.[citation needed] The cars had no cigarette lighter or ashtray "to discourage smoking". A non-smoker, Malcolm Bricklin believed it was unsafe to smoke and drive. The Bricklin is the only[citation needed] production vehicle in automotive history to have factory powered gull-wing doors that opened and closed at the touch of a button as standard equipment. (The later DeLorean DMC-12's gull-wing doors operate manually, and the Tesla Model X's rear doors are referred to as falcon-wing doors rather than gull-wing due to the extra hinge.). The Bricklin factory was not able to produce vehicles fast enough to make a profit. As a result, only 2,854 cars were built before the company went into receivership, owing the New Brunswick government $21 million, and less than 3,000 cars were built.

Bricklin SV-1

Bricklin SV-1

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Sunday 13th November 2005

11 years ago

Motor Trend magazine named Tesla Model S its 2013 Car of the Year, the first time a non-petrol-powered vehicle received the honour.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

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Wednesday 23rd July 2008

8 years ago

The British International Motor Show opened at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London's Docklands and was the last regular British International Motorshow. The SMMT promoted an all-new showcase of the latest electric vehicle models. "The Electric Vehicle Village" brought together one of the largest collections of zero-emissions vehicles ever seen in the UK, with a display of more than 20 vehicles which are propelled solely by battery power. The motor show displayed a number of high-priced, high-performance electric cars such as the Lightning GT and Tesla Roadster.

Aston Martin at the British International Motor Show 2008.

Aston Martin at the British International Motor Show 2008.

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Thursday 26th March 2009

8 years ago

In Los Angeles US car manufacturer, Tesla Motors unveiled its state-of-the-art five-seat saloon, billed as the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable electric car.

Tesla logo

Tesla logo

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Monday 13th July 2009

7 years ago

German automobile group Daimler sold 40 percent of its stake in US electric carmaker Tesla Motors to United Arab Emirate's Aabar Investments group to boost development of low-emission vehicles.

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Wednesday 23rd September 2009

7 years ago

It was reported that solar power company SolarCity and Dutch Bank RaboBank had teamed together to build 5 recharging stations along Highway 101, between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, to support the new Tesla electric cars. The $109,000 roadster was limited to range of about 250 miles. Fully charging the cars took over 3 hours at a cost of about $4.

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