California automotive history timeline:

enter 1897 Southern California’s first horseless carriage, the Erie and Sturgis Gasoline Carriage, is built by J. Philip Erie and S.D. Sturgis. 1899 The first manufactured passenger automobile arrives in San Bernardino County. It is a two-seater, Haynes-Apperson phaeton, with a two-cylinder gasoline engine, ordered by Mr. C.J. Gaylord.
click 1900 The Automobile Club of Southern California is founded in Los Angeles by 10 horseless carriage enthusiasts.
1909-1910 Coyote is an American automobile built in Redondo Beach, California.
1920 Colonial is an American automobile manufactured in 1920 by the Mechanical Development Corporation in San Francisco.
1930 The Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant is built in Richmond, California. It becomes the largest assembly plant to be built on the West Coast.
1940 The Arroyo Seco Freeway, renamed as the Pasadena Freeway in 1954, is opened. It became the first leg of the expansive Southern California freeway system.
1957 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. is established as the North American Toyota sales, marketing, and distribution subsidiary devoted to the U.S. market. Their headquarters is located in Torrance, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County.
1959 The American Honda Motor Company, Inc. is founded. It is a North American subsidiary of the Honda Motor Company, Ltd. Their headquarters is located in Torrance, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County.
1962-1965 Apollo is a sports car manufacturer based in Oakland, Northern California.
1992 Kia Motors America Inc. opens an office in Irvine (Ca.) as a subsidiary of South Korean car manufacturer, Kia Motors Corp.
2005 Anteros Coachworks Inc. is established Roger Hector in San Leandro, Northern California.
2003 Tesla is founded by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning
2004 Elon Musk becomes Chairman of the Board of Tesla.
2010 Tesla goes public with a Nasdaq listing (TSLA).