When Were Electric Windows First Installed on Cars?


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The first power windows were installed on the Packard 180 series vehicles in the 1940s. It was a hydro-electric system based on the technology for raising and lowering convertible tops.

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When Were Electric Windows First Installed on Cars?
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In 1941, Ford Motor Company installed the first power windows on certain models of its Lincoln series. Cadillac also installed a straight-electric divider window to divide the driver and passenger compartments on the company's series 75 limousines. In 1947, the hydro-electric operated power windows became available on the Fleetwood series. Most modern vehicles have a switch for each window and a set of switches on the driver's side. However, some vehicles, such as Volvo and Saab, have the switches in the center console.

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