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


Wednesday 23rd May 1962

58 years ago

Louis Hervé Coatalen (82), French automobile engineer, died. After working for De Dion-Bouton, Clément-Bayard and Panhard-Levassor he left France to work in England in 1900. After a short time with the Crowden Motor Car Company, he became chief engineer with the Humber Car Company. In 1906 he went into partnership with William Hillman to form the Hillman-Coatalen company. The partnership was dissolved in 1909 when Coatalen moved from Coventry to Wolverhampton to join Sunbeam, becoming joint managing director in 1914. During World War I he designed aircraft engines for Sunbeam.

Louis Hervé Coatalen

Louis Hervé Coatalen

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