On this day in auto history - November 12th

Thu 12th Nov 2020

It was on this day in 1953 that the first ever SEAT car - a 1400 model - rolled off an assembly line in the Barcelona district.

Founded in 1950 by the Spanish government in an effort to help kickstart its underdeveloped, Civil War-ravaged economy, SEAT's initial workforce was less than 1,000-strong and its original manufacturing output consisted of just five cars per day.

However, after striking up a partnership with Italian giants Fiat and expanding its operations to Madrid, production had increased to 10,000 vehicles per annum by 1956 and by 1965 SEAT had turned to making cars for the export market, primarily South America.

Helped by the success of its 600 and 1500 models, SEAT had produced its one millionth car by 1968 and, such was its expansion at the time, it took only a further six years to pass the two million barrier.

Followiig the collapse of its partnership with Fiat in 1981, SEAT struck up a similar agreement of cooperation with Volkswagen in 1982 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of the German giants in 1986.