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This Month in Classic Car History:

Classic car insurance for a 1969 Dodge ChargerJanuary is a great month in history for classic car trivia buffs. Here’s Gallen Insurance’s top 5 moment’s in class car history this month.
January 1886 – The first gasoline-driven car is patented by Karl Benz.
The Benz Patent-Motorwagen (or motorcar), built in 1886, is generally viewed as the first vehicle intended to be pushed by an engine. The vehicle was awarded a German patent to Karl Benz on January 29, 1886.
January 1904 – Henry Ford Sets Land Speed Record
On January 12, 1904, Henry Ford set a land-speed record of 91.37 mph on the frozen surface of Lake St. Clair in Michigan. He was driving a four-wheel vehicle, dubbed the “999,” which had a wooden chassis with no hood or body.
January 1965- Shelby GT350 Debuts
On January 27th, 1965, the first Shelby Mustang, a Wimbledon White Shelby GT350, made its debut. In less than a month, the race version of the car, the Shelby GT350R, had already won its first SCCA.
January 1965 – NASCAR’s ban of the Hemi engine goes into effect
Fan of the Hemi? In 1965 NASCAR banned Ford’s high-riser engines stating that they did not actually fit under “stock” hoods.
January 1979 – “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger debuts on The Dukes of Hazzard
On January 26, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” a television show about two cousins in the rural South and their 1969 Dodge Charger known as the General Lee, debuts on CBS.
For more information on classic car insurance, please call our classic car insurance specialist:
Jodie Leigey of Gallen Insurance, Reading, PA
Jody Leigey
Classic Car Insurance Specialist
2237 Lancaster Pike
Shillington PA 19607
Ph. 610-898-6524

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