Nearly forty years ago, car enthusiast Bob Pass from St. Louis came up with the idea of shipping antique cars in enclosed trucks as opposed to the commercial flatbeds that had been used until that time. Open shipping was tough on freshly restored cars but there was no other option. Around 1970, he bought some used furniture moving vans and started using them to haul up to two cars at a time around the country. His company, Passport Transport, was the original pioneer in the enclosed shipping industry. Later, he had custom trailers built that would hold up to six cars at a time. Another Passport innovation was the hydraulic ramp door which facilitated loading and unloading of the cars on two levels.
OK, so what does this have to do with Akron? In 2000, Passport Transport was purchased by FedEx and placed under the FedEx Custom Critical division which is based in Green. Now renamed FedEx Auto Transport, it is still a leader the antique auto transport industry. You can check out their website at www.passport.fedex.com.
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