It wasn’t that long ago when one fine morning a paper design came to life. With 4 squeaky wheels holding together a disjoint piece of frugal engineering brought together something that could have well equated magic during those days. Yet there were visionaries who saw this dream would bear fruit, fuel and shape the entire perspective of how humans would behave. And hence was born a dream that did nothing grow over the years.
In 1769, a French military engineer named Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot designed a steam powered automobile which was capable to transporting humans. It has been heard that the car clocked around 3 Kmph speeds. It was from this design above that the idea was implemented and put to life.
In 1876, the first successful four-stroke engine came into existence, created by Nicholas Otto. It came to be known as the Otto Cycle
However, it was not until 1876 that the automobile took off or at least officially took off, when Karl Benz created the first internal combustion engine auto-mobile. It was a landmark invention and the first motor vehicle was officially registered. However, success not so easy for Karl Benz. The earlier models of the automobiles had no gears and little control which resulted in a collision during a public display.
It took a few more years when Karl’s wife, Bertha Benz stepped and Benz and Sons as company started finding its foot on the ground.
Following suit, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach designed an automobile from scratch in Stuttgart in 1889. They are also believed to be first inventor of the motorcycle sometime around this time.
The pre and post World Wars era coupled with the heavy Industrial Revolution in America saw usher of new minds being brought into this industry. Ford made its entry into commercial automotive manufacture and was hugely successful.
This model was largely a populist one and was widely accepted as the future face of automobiles. It had quite few uniqueness, to its name. It was operating on a planetary transmission, and a pedal based control system. It was also honoured with the most influential car of the 20th Century and bestowed upon the International Car of the Century Awards.
The Austin 7 was another trend setter, it is said that this automobile has been copied and remade multiple times and has a huge role of shaping up today’s automotive industry.
This marks are era, where we started improvising and the concept of racing cars was introduced by one of the very first models listed below. The Bugatti Type – 30
The iconic Volkswagen Beetle, or the Volkswagen Type 1 or the Bug, was officially launched in 1938 and produced till 2003, such was its popularity. This car was formulated by Adolf Hitler to create a simple design for ease of travel across the country, and Porsche was initially approached to formulate the same.
Another noteworthy English automobile company that took off in the early 20th century was Rolls Royce. One of their landmark cars that were launched back then was the Salon.
What followed after the world war II the automobile industry propelled itself to a new growth story and was striving ahead of all others in leaps and bounds. The Ford Mustangs, Porsches’ and the Cadillac came into being, and it was as history had never seen before, it was a race of a different kind.