This question does not have a straightforward answer. The history of the auto is incredibly well-off and also dates ago to the 1fifth century once Leonarperform da Vinci was developing designs and models for move vehicles.

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Das erste praktisch brauchbare automobil der welt, das Benz-Dreirad von 1885. Picture shows the Benz three-wheeler, made in 1885.  Prints and also Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Tbelow are many kind of various types of automobiles – steam, electric, and also gasoline – and numerous styles. Exactly who invented the car is a matter of opinion. Earlier accounts frequently gave crmodify to Karl Benz, from Germany kind of, for creating the first true auto in 1885/1886. However, our knowledge of the development of the true automobile proceeds to evolve. The story of the creation of the vehicle has actually end up being enriched with assorted other numbers that played a part in its background.

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Old horseless carriage at gasoline station close to Lost River, New Hampshire. Carl Mydans photographer. 1936. Prints and also Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Below is a selection of highlights in car history, compiled from indevelopment in Leonard Bruno’s book Science and Technology Firsts (Detroit, c1997) and also ThoughtCo.’s History of the Automobile.

Automobile Highlights


Inventor Date Type/Description Country
Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725-1804) 1769 STEAM / Built the initially self propelled road auto (armed forces tractor) for the French army: three wheeled, 2.5 mph. France
Robert Anderson 1832-1839 ELECTRIC / Electric carriage. Scotland
Karl Friedwell-off Benz (1844-1929) 1885/86 GASOLINE / Automobile powered by an interior burning engine: 3 rolled, four cycle, engine and chassis form a single unit. Germany Patent DRP No. 37435
Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler (1834-1900) and also Wilhelm Maybach (1846-1929) 1886 GASOLINE / First 4 wheeled, four-stroke engine- well-known as the “Cannstatt-Daimler.” Germany
George Baldwin Selden (1846-1922) 1876/95 GASOLINE / Integrated internal burning engine with a carriage: patent no: 549,160 (1895). Never manufactured — Selden accumulated royalties.

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United States
Charles Edgar Duryea (1862-1938) and also his brother Frank (1870-1967) 1893 GASOLINE / First effective gas powered car: 4hp, two-stroke motor. The Duryea brothers set up initially Amerihave the right to automobile production agency. United States

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Parker, Wtransform Colemale (composer). Automobiling. 1905. Music Division, Library of Congress.

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Bruno, Leonard. Transportation. In Science and also modern technology firsts. Detroit, Gale, c1997: 499-534.

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