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Autolite Commemorates 85th Anniversary of its First Spark Plug

Autolite has announced the 85th anniversary of its first spark plug, produced in 1936 at a facility in Fostoria, OH. The company will continue the celebration throughout 2021 by refreshing vintage advertisements and hosting multiple sweepstakes targeted at Autolite fans in the professional and do-it-yourself automotive maintenance categories.


Autolite started in 1911 as a collection of two companies manufacturing buggy lamps. By the 1930s, it had grown into a thriving automotive parts maker. Its history as a spark plug manufacturer began in the mid-1930s after Royce G. Martin, president of the Electric Autolite Company, opened a lab to develop the first Autolite spark plug with the help of ceramic engineer, Robert Twells.

For 85 years, Autolite has continued to use its spark-plug-specific focus to engineer effective ignition solutions for consumer vehicles, racecars, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, lawn mowers, chainsaws, and many other gas-powered machines. Autolite Spark Plugs deliver quick, consistent starts, along with durability and efficiency.


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