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History of the Automobile

Automobiles as we have come to know them were not invented in a single day or even in a hundred year span. The first theoretical ideas of a motorized vehicle were inspired and drawn by Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton. It took 100's of years of re-developed concepts worldwide and additional inventions before the first gas powered cars came into existence. To develop the modern automobile as we know it today 1000's of patents had to come together, possibly over 100,000 in total.

The first auto-propelled road vehicle was a military tractor developed in 1769 by a French mechanic and engineer named Nicolas Joseph Cugnot. Built under Cugnot's instruction at the Paris Arsenal its three wheels were used to haul artillery at 2.5 mph. The vehicle had to stop every ten to fifteen minutes to build up power. His steam powered vehicles were developed in such a way that water would be boiled and pushed into pistons in a very similar manner to a typical gas engine, turning the crankshaft that the pistons were attached to. In 1770 Cugnot built a four passenger tricycle that once again was driven by steam power. Then in 1771 Cugnot drove one of his vehicles into a stone wall making this accident the first automobile accident ever. Thus began his bad luck, and after a few supporters died, he lost all funding for his steam powered vehicle experiments.

For 100 years after Cugnot's inventions steam powered vehicles were developed all over the world. The first steam vehicle in the U.S. was patented in 1789 thanks to Oliver Evans. The first in Great Britain was credited to Richard Trevithick in 1801 who had built a road carriage. In the late 1840's after steam powered stage coaches were in heavy production for over 20 years, steam powered road vehicles were banned in Great Britain and railroads were developed as a result.

During steam car production electric engines had also started coming around thanks to Robert Anderson of Scotland. In the 1830's, although the exact year is unknown, Anderson developed the first electric carriage. His carriage was powered by rechargeable batteries that powered a small electric motor, but they were heavy, expensive, and you needed to stop to re-charge all to frequently.

Eventually the ideas of steam powered vehicles and electricity powered automobiles was abandoned with the idea of gas powered engines. Even though electric vehicles had become very successful in toward the 1900's internal combustion engines had been focused on for almost 100 years in the background and were finally ready to evolve the world as we know it.

Actually in 1680 Christian Huygens a dutch physicist designed an internal combustion engine that was fueled by gunpowder but he never actually built it. In 1807 Francois Isaac de Rivaz developed an engine that ran on hydrogen and oxygen. Although his automobile was the first internal combustion driven vehicle his design was so unsuccessful that it never flourished. Anyway, up until the 1900's numerous inventors from all over the world were working on the development of internal combustion powered "cars"(as we now call them) and their 1000's of inventions started being brought together by new inventors whose ideas were taken over by their predecessors until a successful gas powered car would be developed.

The biggest event probably leading up to the successful development of the gas powered car would have to be credited to Nicolaus August Otto who finally built a successful engine, a 4-stroke he called the "Otto Cycle Engine" which upon completion he turned into a motorcycle. His contributions were very historically significant because his 4-stroke engine was universally adopted for all liquid-fueled engines henceforth.

Finally in 1885 the first practical automobile to be powered by an internal combustion engine was developed by the German, Karl Benz. On January 29th, 1886, he received his first patent for his gas powered car. It was a three wheeler, but by 1891 his company called Benz & Cie had developed a four wheeler. He was the first one to bring together the idea of a chasis integration into an internal combustion engine. By the year 1900 Benz & Cie became the largest car / automobile manufacturer in the world.

Meanwhile in 1885 Gottlieb Daimler and partner Wilhelm Maybach took Otto's internal combustion to the next level, and patented what is generally recognized as the prototype of the modern gas engine. Daimler had been directly connected to Otto as the technical director at Deutz Gasmotorenfabrik which Nicolaus Otto co-owned in 1872. There were actually some disputes regarding who the actual inventor of the motorcycle was, Daimler claiming the invention while Otto was recognized by the public as the inventor and took full recognition. The Daimler-Maybach engine was fast, used a gasoline injected carburetor, and had a vertically mounted cylinder. Its small size, high speed, and decent efficiency was revolutionary to the development of the car engine. A year later, in March of 1886, Daimler took a personal stagecoach and adapted it to house his recently invented engine thus creating the first four-wheeled, gas-powered automobile around.

In 1889 Dailmer invented a V-slanted, two cylinder engine with mushroom shaped valves and just like Otto's 1876 engine Dailmer's four-stroke set the bar for all car engines from then on. Also in 1889 Dailmer and Maybach stopped using already created carriages for their engines, and developed a car themselves, from the ground up. It had a four speed transmission and could go up to 10 mph. In 1890 Daimler Motoren-Gesellschaft was founded by none other than Gottlieb Daimler to manufacture his automobile designs. Then in 1901 Wilhelm Maybach designed the Mercedes.

The first 100% complete car manufacturers(car + engine)were actually French in 1889, because other engine inventors had only experimented with un-original cars to test their engine. In 1889 Panhard and Levassor started producing not only their own engines, but their own line of gas-powered engine driven, automobiles and in 1891 Peugeot followed.

Rene Panhard and Emile Levassor made additional improvements to Daimler's patented auto-body designs(purchasing the licensing rights of for their own production purposes) that were similar to car structures of today. Their improved automobiles had a foot-operated clutch, a chain driven transmission that operated the gearbox it lead to and it even had a radiator. They are credited for inventing the modern transmission, which all cars of today so casually rely on.

Armand Peugeot happened to also purchase the licensing rights of Daimler's inventions and went on to win the first car race in France, boosting publicity and sales. In 1897 a tragic accident occurred during the "Paris to Marseille" race in France. There was a fatal accident that killed Emile Levassor.

America's first car manufacturers that used gasoline powered engines were Charles and Frank Duryea. Originally bike enthusiasts and creators, they built their first motor vehicle in 1893. Placed in Springfield Massachusetts, after three years they sold 13 Duryea's which were high class, expensive limousines. They Duryea almost remained in production for 30 years.

Since gas powered cars started outselling all other types of motor vehicles in the early 1900's the market was quickly expanding, faster assembly and mass production would be needed to meet the public's need. The idea of industrial production was pressing.

The first mass production car to be produced in the United States was in 1901, the Curved Dash Oldsmobile. Ransome Eli Olds invented the basic assembly line concept and initiated the Detroit area automobile industry. In 1901 he produced 425 Curved Dash Olds and remained America's leading car manufacturer for 3 years(1901-1904).

Many people believe that Henry Ford started the assembly line but although he had been in business since 1896 with the production of his first car the "Quadricycle" he didn't change history until 1913. What Ford did was modify the assembly line ideas already in place, in such an effective way that is still used today. He invented the first conveyor belt assembly line, reducing production costs drastically because of the increase in speed it achieved. It only took 93 minutes to assemble Ford's famous Model T which even today sounds miraculous. Already the biggest car manufacturer in the world, by 1927 15 million Model T's had already been manufactured.

Henry Ford also managed to upturn the "road engine" patent made by George B. Seldon. Before him it cost all American car manufacturers a licensing fee which increased production costs drastically. Once Americans no longer had to pay the patent fee, car production started rapidly increasing throughout the United States.
 
 

 

 

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