The History of Automobiles

  • Dec 31, 1448

    Leonardo Da Vinci

    Leonardo Da Vinci
    Leonardo Da Vinci makes the first ever self propelled vehicle that can move without being pushed
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    Self propelled vehicles

    Although not cars, these vehicles inspired cars. They could go without being pushed, having multiple power sources.
  • First Speed Limits

    First Speed Limits
    In Amsterdam (now New York), carraiges, wagons, carts, or sleighs can't go faster than a gallop.
  • Steamed power vehicle

    Steamed power vehicle
    Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot invented a steam power car that was used for the French Army. Its top speed was 2.5 mph.
  • Electric Car

    Electric Car
    The first crude electric car was built in Scotland by Robert Anderson.
  • Chevron

    Chevron bought Pacific Coast Oil Co. on this date, and has since become one of the largest gas stations, building the second ever gas station in 1907.
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    First cars

    The first cars were made, but very expensive and only for the rich. Vehicles similar to cars had been made as early as 1478 by Leonardo Da Vinci. Never, however, had cars had engines.
  • Benz Patent Motor Car

    Benz Patent Motor Car
    On New Years Eve, the first true car was made. It used gasoline, and was powered by an internal combustion engine. It had three wheels and four cycles.
  • First Four Wheeled Car

    First Four Wheeled Car
    The first four wheeled car that was successful was built by Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach
  • Successfull Car

    The first successfull gas powered car was built by Charles Edgar Duryea and became very popular among people.
  • First Speed Limits for Cars

    First Speed Limits for Cars
    Connecticut makes the first speed limits for traffic sometime in 1901. 12 mph in cities and 15 mph in roads.
  • Ford Begins its Journey into Cars

    Ford Begins its Journey into Cars
    Henry Ford began Ford out of determination to creat the first ever affordable car.
  • First Gas Station

    First Gas Station
    The first ever gas station was built in St. Louis Missouri at 420 S.Theresa Avenue.
  • Model T

    Model T
    The Model T was introduced on Octiber 1st, 1908 by Henry Ford. The car was revolutionary because it was the first affordable, durable car. It boomed in the 1920's, selling the most units (15 million) until other cars broke the record.
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    Henry Ford Takeover

    This timespan is the most important in car history, as it is the time when the Model T came out.
  • Model T Upgrade

    Model T Upgrade
    The Model T is upgraded with...a ceiling!
  • Pickup Trucks

    Pickup Trucks
    First pickup truck is built.
  • Nissan starts

    Nissan starts
    The start of Nissan and their first car.
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    Car Evolution

    Overtime, cars have been adding features such as airbags, speedometers, radios, DVD players, even new types of tires. It goes to show how cars have changed overtime with so many new ideas.
  • Toyota Starts

    Toyota Starts
    Toyota, the worlds currently largest car company, started in 1937.
  • 1950's

    Cars in the 1950's became a colorful age for cars, introducing new models that stood out. They usually went as fast as 60 mph.
  • 1960's

    Cars in the 1960's had a much more sleeker look, and started to look more modern.
  • 1960's

    The 1960's introduced many popular models that we still know today. The designs didn't change much, but still are cool to look at.
  • 1970's

    Cars in the 1970's.
  • 1980's

    Cars become more modern, but less colorfull.
  • 1990's

    Cars evolve dramatically in this decade, very closely resembling our cars and adding more modern, sleek looks. New models are indroduced, and the car industry is booming.
  • 2000's

    New car features are introduced, and cars become more technologically advanced.
  • Stanley

    Stanley is a driverless car that crossed 300 miles of desert and won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.
  • 2010's

    Cars as we know them today extremely advanced with tons of features that are made to fit everyone. We approach new technologies all of the time, and will continue to do so. From saftey features to power steering, cars will continue to evolve.