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.

On This Day

Thursday 1st December 1904

113 years ago

The first production Rover car, the Rover 8, designed by Edward W Lewis went on-sale. Instead of the conventional chassis, it had a backbone formed by the engine crankcase, the gearbox housing, the propshaft housing and the rear axle. Apart from the tyres this backbone frame had no rear suspension. The body was mounted onto the rear axle using semi-elliptic springs, whilst the front axle was suspended from the frame by a transverse leaf spring. The single-cylinder engine displaced 1327 cc with a bore of 114 mm (4.5 in) and stroke of 130 mm (5.1 in). The Rover 8 was Britain’s best selling car before the arrival of the Longbridge built Austin Seven.

Rover 8 - 1904

Rover 8 - 1904