1954 Oldsmobile: "New Slant in Windshield Design! World's Record Oldsmobile "Rocket" 88 and 98." The aircraft-inspired panoramic or wraparound windshield was de rigueur in American automobiles of the mid-1950s to early-1960s despite the blind spot and knee-knocking hazard caused by the dogleg pillar and the distortion of the wrapped glass. Although it worked better in aviation's plexiglass canopies, the design cue lasted until the mid to late '60s at Chrysler.
1897-First Auto in Los Angeles First automobile in Los Angeles, built by J. Philip Erie, the driver, a resident of Los Angeles at the time. Los Angeles Mayor William H. Workman is in the rear seat, 1897.