What Year Was The First Car Made?

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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59 comments… add one
  • John May 30, 2007, 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!

  • vivek May 30, 2007, 7:13 am

    More info here

    Appreciate your post!

  • ahlam Mar 18, 2008, 11:12 am

    nice help me with homework

  • Jigar Apr 10, 2008, 5:02 am

    Thanks it does helped me with my Homework alot!!

  • martie Aug 25, 2008, 12:14 pm

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

  • BIT Aug 25, 2008, 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)

  • michael Oct 17, 2008, 1:43 pm

    wow…this helps alot

  • gangsta Jan 14, 2009, 6:29 pm

    thas kol

  • michaela Jan 30, 2009, 12:05 am

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

  • farhana Feb 24, 2009, 5:11 pm

    i wanted to know when exactly was it first made

  • rosa Mar 8, 2009, 4:41 pm

    thanks a lot helps with my home work!

  • webman Mar 16, 2009, 11:56 pm

    was the frist car made a ford

  • leon Mar 20, 2009, 12:10 pm

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

  • Schnell williams Apr 27, 2009, 10:25 pm

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

  • willis Jun 17, 2009, 8:29 pm

    i thought it was made by gottleib daimler?

  • Tom Jul 20, 2009, 5:11 am

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

  • Bulelani Jul 22, 2009, 6:06 pm

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

  • James Aug 18, 2009, 6:19 am

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

  • tookoohony Sep 11, 2009, 10:35 am

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

  • travis mcclain Sep 17, 2009, 7:04 pm

    thanks that info helped

  • Tiffany Sep 27, 2009, 6:55 pm

    WOW! THAT’S AMAZING!!!!!!!

  • Ricardo Oct 9, 2009, 8:10 pm

    dame thats cool a benz

  • Nima Nov 6, 2009, 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

  • kal333 Nov 17, 2009, 3:19 am

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

  • kal333 Nov 17, 2009, 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?

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  • Anonymous Jun 24, 2010, 10:23 am

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

  • Mary Jun 28, 2010, 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.

  • Anonymous Aug 2, 2010, 2:24 am

    do you know where it was first made??

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  • Anonymous Aug 6, 2010, 6:51 am

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  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2011, 6:08 pm

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  • Anonymous Oct 2, 2011, 9:35 pm

    For the record, you spelled “quite” wrong.

  • Anonymous Oct 2, 2011, 9:36 pm

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

  • ibby Oct 17, 2011, 5:33 pm

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

  • IDon'tknow Nov 2, 2011, 4:46 pm

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

  • Marash Nov 8, 2011, 9:14 pm

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

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    it helped me to know more about the world

  • Missy Jan 28, 2012, 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!

  • shianne Feb 9, 2012, 12:52 pm

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

  • Optimist Feb 16, 2012, 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!!

  • Anonymous Apr 1, 2012, 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

  • steve contrell Sep 5, 2012, 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.

  • the killer #1 Sep 11, 2012, 6:24 pm

    who cares about spelling

  • anonymous Oct 5, 2012, 2:15 pm

    i know it is te earliest date

  • Anonymous banana Nov 28, 2012, 5:05 pm

    Thank-you! This helped with my homework!

  • Lukie 2013 Feb 7, 2013, 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

  • Im no one Dec 11, 2013, 8:06 pm

    haha all these things ere in 2009 LOL

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