What Year Was The First Car Made?

by admin on May 28, 2007 · 59 comments

in Hardware, Technology

I was just thinking about when was the first car made? After some research I was able to gather some data:

1672 - First internal combustion engine which was fueled by a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen and develop the world's first vehicle to run on such an engine.

Where Was The First Car Made?

=> 1770 - The Cugnot steam traction engine was built this year. This is considered as the year when the first car was made.

=> Around 1860 - The first powerful car dream came true around 1860 with the invention of the internal combustion engine by the Belgian Etienne Lenoir.

=> 1885 - Karl Benz built an automobile powered by an Otto gasoline engine. He received a patent in the 1886 for the same. Mr. Benz is generally credited with the invention of the modern automobile.

=> Around 1890 - Companies or group of people started to building cars for public. For example, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler in Germany, and Albert de Dion and Armand Peugeot in France were busy building cars.

By todays standard almost all early cars considered as primitive and expensive. These early cars produced in limited numbers. The first cars were hand assembled and required skilled engineers or mechanics to build cars. So cars were very expensive as compare to todays technology and standards.

Mass production of cars credit goes to Henry ford in America. In 1908 the first mass-produced car was introduced - the Ford Model T. By 1920, 50-60% care in the world were Model T from Fords. However these days the design of modern cars is handled by a large team of designers, scientists and engineers.

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1 John May 30, 2007 at 6:47 am

Wow!!!! That is the earliest date I have heard of for a car!!! Where did you find the reference for that humdinger!

2 vivek May 30, 2007 at 7:13 am

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Appreciate your post!

3 ahlam March 18, 2008 at 11:12 am

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4 Jigar April 10, 2008 at 5:02 am

Thanks it does helped me with my Homework alot!!

5 martie August 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm

cheers for that but i just want to know when the first steering system was installed into automobiles?????

6 BIT August 25, 2008 at 8:08 pm

The first automobiles were steered with a tiller, but Packard introduced the steering wheel on the second car they built, in 1899. Within a decade, the steering wheel had entirely replaced the tiller in automobiles.

C S Rolls introduced the first car in Britain fitted with wheel steering as he imported a 6 hp Panhard & Levassor from France in 1898. Arthur Constantin KREBS replaced the tiller with an inclined steering wheel for the Panhard car he designed for the Paris-Amsterdam race which ran from the 7th to 13rd of July 1898.

In 1894 Alfred Vacheron took part in the famous Paris-Rouen-Race. He called his vehicle like his name “Vacheron”. But in fact it was a 1893 Panhard 4hp model which he had fitted with a “wheel steering”! That is believed to be one of the earliest employments of this principle. In the race which was won by a De Dion-Bouton Steam-mobile, Vacheron became 11th. (Source: the book “The World on Wheels – Volume I” by H.O.Duncan, printed in Paris 1927, page 456-457)

7 michael October 17, 2008 at 1:43 pm

wow…this helps alot

8 gangsta January 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm

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9 michaela January 30, 2009 at 12:05 am

thanks it dose help me on my work for school but it needs mor detales

10 farhana February 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm

i wanted to know when exactly was it first made

11 rosa March 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

thanks a lot helps with my home work!

12 webman March 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm

was the frist car made a ford

13 leon March 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm

this is realy helpfull but it needs the name of the creater of the first ever car.

14 Schnell williams April 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm

this is not what I was looking for and I can’t find what I want

15 willis June 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm

i thought it was made by gottleib daimler?

16 Tom July 20, 2009 at 5:11 am

thanks a lot. It helps with my home work! ^_^

17 Bulelani July 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Wharl. But i want 2 kno who took the first step.

18 James August 18, 2009 at 6:19 am

No ford didn’t make the first car he invented the first assembly line

19 tookoohony September 11, 2009 at 10:35 am

i dont like cars tht much but thnk you so much this helped alot wit tech thnx

20 travis mcclain September 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

thanks that info helped

21 Tiffany September 27, 2009 at 6:55 pm


22 Ricardo October 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

dame thats cool a benz

23 Nima November 6, 2009 at 10:42 am

Salam , Thank you < I had a homework for car history , I learnt a lot and helped my home work.
Nima age 14, Iran

24 kal333 November 17, 2009 at 3:19 am

Thanks man it helped me ALOT i had soo much work!

25 kal333 November 17, 2009 at 3:58 am

Internal Combustion Engine – The Heart of the Automobile
An internal combustion engine is any engine that uses the explosive combustion of fuel to push a piston within a cylinder – the piston’s movement turns a crankshaft that then turns the car wheels via a chain or a drive shaft. The different types of fuel commonly used for car combustion engines are gasoline (or petrol), diesel, and kerosene.

A brief outline of the history of the internal combustion engine includes the following highlights:

1680 – Dutch physicist, Christian Huygens designed (but never built) an internal combustion engine that was to be fueled with gunpowder.
1807 – Francois Isaac de Rivaz of Switzerland invented an internal combustion engine that used a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen for fuel. Rivaz designed a car for his engine – the first internal combustion powered automobile. However, his was a very unsuccessful design.
1824 – English engineer, Samuel Brown adapted an old Newcomen steam engine to burn gas, and he used it to briefly power a vehicle up Shooter’s Hill in London.
1858 – Belgian-born engineer, Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir invented and patented (1860) a double-acting, electric spark-ignition internal combustion engine fueled by coal gas. In 1863, Lenoir attached an improved engine (using petroleum and a primitive carburetor) to a three-wheeled wagon that managed to complete an historic fifty-mile road trip. (See image at top)
1862 – Alphonse Beau de Rochas, a French civil engineer, patented but did not build a four-stroke engine (French patent #52,593, January 16, 1862).
1864 – Austrian engineer, Siegfried Marcus*, built a one-cylinder engine with a crude carburetor, and attached his engine to a cart for a rocky 500-foot drive. Several years later, Marcus designed a vehicle that briefly ran at 10 mph that a few historians have considered as the forerunner of the modern automobile by being the world’s first gasoline-powered vehicle (however, read conflicting notes below).
1873 – George Brayton, an American engineer, developed an unsuccessful two-stroke kerosene engine (it used two external pumping cylinders). However, it was considered the first safe and practical oil engine.
1866 – German engineers, Eugen Langen and Nikolaus August Otto improved on Lenoir’s and de Rochas’ designs and invented a more efficient gas engine.
1876 – Nikolaus August Otto invented and later patented a successful four-stroke engine, known as the “Otto cycle”.
1876 – The first successful two-stroke engine was invented by Sir Dougald Clerk.
1883 – French engineer, Edouard Delamare-Debouteville, built a single-cylinder four-stroke engine that ran on stove gas. It is not certain if he did indeed build a car, however, Delamare-Debouteville’s designs were very advanced for the time – ahead of both Daimler and Benz in some ways at least on paper.
1885 – Gottlieb Daimler invented what is often recognized as the prototype of the modern gas engine – with a vertical cylinder, and with gasoline injected through a carburetor (patented in 1887). Daimler first built a two-wheeled vehicle the “Reitwagen” (Riding Carriage) with this engine and a year later built the world’s first four-wheeled motor vehicle.
1886 – On January 29, Karl Benz received the first patent (DRP No. 37435) for a gas-fueled car.
1889 – Daimler built an improved four-stroke engine with mushroom-shaped valves and two V-slant cylinders.
1890 – Wilhelm Maybach built the first four-cylinder, four-stroke engine.
Further Reading – The Mechanics of Internal Combustion Engines – What is a 2-stroke? 4-stroke?

26 jake and madison December 2, 2009 at 4:27 pm

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27 pak December 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm

thanks for help

28 b-ann January 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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29 mattie January 20, 2010 at 2:15 am

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30 country girl January 23, 2010 at 1:16 am

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31 Anonymous February 15, 2010 at 3:57 am

you can spell dictionary quiet well

32 mitchell February 15, 2010 at 3:59 am

nice spelling and and your holding the dictionary

33 mj February 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

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34 Michael March 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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35 Katelyn=)) May 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Thanks!! Helped me with my hw

36 Anonymous June 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

cheers but what would the historical development be for a car.

37 Mary June 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Can you tell me if Benz used the style from the Rockaway Carriage for his body style on his first car? I saw at an old car show–a very old car that had the same body as our six passenger Rockaway carriage.
I thought that I had read some place that they used the body style, but can’t remember what vehicle it was.

38 Anonymous August 2, 2010 at 2:24 am

do you know where it was first made??

39 hi August 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

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40 Anonymous August 6, 2010 at 6:51 am

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41 Anonymous January 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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42 Latonia Sprinlklington February 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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43 emma March 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm


44 Anonymous October 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm

For the record, you spelled “quite” wrong.

45 Anonymous October 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm

You also spelled “you’re” wrong and said “and” twice.

46 ibby October 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!that amazing i can’t belive thats when the first car was made

47 IDon'tknow November 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

You have forgotten that in 1879 Karl Benz created the 2 stroke engine

48 Marash November 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

lol anonymous 2 and 3 (which I assume to be the same entity) owned you all with his literary adroitness

49 Abdul Rahman November 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

it helped me to know more about the world

50 Missy January 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

You would be able to “know” that, too, now wouldn’t You?

Don’t you just hate when you are so eager to post and put someone else down that you forget to edit your own sarcastic BS. I just hate when that happens. I call it karma- it finds me quite expeditiously. Cheers!

51 shianne February 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

the first car wasn inmvented in 1970 because they didnt really have alot of enegry to make one

52 Optimist February 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

I think the answer yet isnt very clearly after blogging for over 2 yrs on this page – Do u credit the ‘car discovery’ to jus the ‘heart’ of the car i.e. the IC engine being developed? cuz that’d be like a torso with no limbs or any support organs. then if u credit the completeness of the car as a discovery, do u giv it to diamler or benz or who all in the 1850 – 1900 era cuz there wer a lot of those people runnin around in the bid to make the first car.. THINK!!

53 Anonymous April 1, 2012 at 12:21 am

who cares about spelling im the worst at it but all that pettie shit ur donig no one needs to read about it, it was always about the car not ur crap

54 steve contrell September 5, 2012 at 4:59 am

the first creator or inventor of the automobile was Brian Gray(18 years old) in munich germany in 1884, 4 months before karl benz. he helped design and make an inline 6 cylinder combustable engine. He actually first used a wheel for his steering mechanism in his car. The name of his automible carried the name brian motor wagen, later changed to bmw and it was remade to bavarian motor werks. baveria replaced brian since at the time bavarian was still the provence in germany and funded by the bavarian royals.

55 the killer #1 September 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

who cares about spelling

56 anonymous October 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm

i know it is te earliest date

57 Anonymous banana November 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Thank-you! This helped with my homework!

58 Lukie 2013 February 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

Dear John,

I thought this too, itsn’t it the earliest date that we’ve both seen!

Hope you get my reply
Yours sinserly
Lukie 2013

59 Im no one December 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

haha all these things ere in 2009 LOL

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