The History of Automobiles

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  • The First Self-propelled Car was Built

    The First Self-propelled Car was Built
    Nicolas Cugnot, a French military engineer developed a steam powered road-vehicle for the French army to haul heavy cannons.
  • First Automobile Patent in U.S.

    First Automobile Patent in U.S.
    The first automobile patent in the United States was granted to Oliver Evans in 1789. Later, in 1805, Evans demonstrated his first successful self-propelled vehicle, which not only was the first automobile in the USA but was also the first amphibious vehicle, as his steam-powered vehicle was able to travel on wheels on land and via a paddle wheel in the water.
  • First Coal-gas engine

    Belgian-born engineer, Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir invented and patented a two-stroke, internal combustion engine.This engine was fuelled by coal gas and casused by an electric spark-ignition.
  • First Gasoline Car
    It is generally acknowledged that the first automobiles with gasoline powered internal combustion engines were completed almost simultaneously by several German inventors working independently: Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach.
  • First Road Traffic Death

    First Road Traffic Death
    Bridget Driscoll, a 44-year old mother of two from Croydon, stepped off a kerb and was hit by a passing motor car near Crystal Palace in London (She died from head injuries).
  • 4x4 Patent
    Felix and Norman Caldwell of South Australia applied for a patent for four wheel drive with four wheel steering; they went on to build Caldwell Vale 4x4 trucks with Henry Vale.
  • First Air Conditioned Car

    First Air Conditioned Car
    The Nash Motor Company adds the first air conditioning system to cars.
  • Toyota Unveils the Prius

    Toyota Unveils the Prius
    Toyota unveils the Prius -- the world's first commercially mass-produced and marketed hybrid car -- in Japan. Nearly 18,000 units are sold during the first production year