1950 : Chevy Introduces First Automatic Transmission Engines

January 7, 2018 all-day

On January 7, 1950, Chevrolet introduced the “Powerglide”, the first automatic transmission available in an affordably-priced car. Although many drivers clung to their beloved manual transmissions, much of the public greeted the new ” Powerglide” with enthusiasm. 300,000 Chevrolet cars equipped with ” Powerglide” models were sold the first year.

Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

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