What was the world’s first car? The answer may surprise – The Clare People
As enigmatic (or nearly so) as the answer to the question of who came first, the chicken or the egg, is finding the right claim about which, after all, was the world’s first car. Until today, many theories on the subject point to the Ford Model T. This, however, is only one of many possible answers to the question.
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Introduced to the world by Henry Ford in 1908 and designed to be “affordable, easy to use and durable”, the Ford Model T was, in fact, the first car in the world to be marketed, but not the first in history. This title, in fact and in law, belongs to another vehicle, and you will know which car is in no time.
Before, however, let’s talk a little more about the Ford Model T, considered by many to be the world’s first car. Made in Highland Park, Michigan, USA, the world’s first car to be marketed was tested by Henry Ford himself and became famous for some stunts it could perform, including climbing the steps of the Capitol Hill. State of Tennessee and reach the top of Pikes Peak.
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Among the modern technologies (for the time, of course), we can highlight the left-hand steering wheel, the fuel tank allocated under the passenger seat, the removable cylinder head and the massive use of light alloy, also called vanadium steel. . The low price was also a draw, as the Ford Model T sold for between US $ 75 and US $ 400 (BRL 1,311 and BRL 4,338, at current price).
Another chain of specialists in the automotive segment gives the Benz-Patent Motorwagen the title of the world’s first car. However, it also doesn’t appear to be the first car built on the planet.
Patented January 29, 1900 by Karl Benz, the Benz-Patent Motorwagen had a four-stroke, 850-displacement single-cylinder engine. It developed an “impressive” 0 HP at 400 rpm and reached a top speed of only km / h.
Equipped with just three wheels, the Benz-Patent is also today’s first Mercedes Benz luxury car and won two special assembly series: one produced in 2002 and another in 2002. The cars finished between the hands of collectors, who even spent US $ 29,000 (BRL 260.4,000) on the relics.
Who is kidding about today, where supercars go easily to 260 km / h, a warning: remember that this is an invention that appeared before 1900, a time when horses were the main means of transport.
The world’s first “car”
If we’re going to go back and pull the concept of the car back and apply it to the world’s first vehicle to walk without being pulled by horses, the title goes back to this weird way of getting around in the photo above. In fact, it’s here in our history just to illustrate, as it’s not exactly the world’s first car.
The project is in fact a steam tractor, created by the French Joseph Cugnot, in 1771, even before the appearance of locomotives and other vehicles with steam, combustion or electricity.
The first “very” car
The title of the first car in the world actually belongs to the invention of the Austrian Siegfried Marcus, dated 1771. It was quite rustic, but it had an internal combustion engine, which is enough to characterize it as the first car of the world. world.
In 1884, Frenchman Édouard Delamare-Deboutteville patented what could be considered the second car in the world, equipped with a two-cylinder engine, powered by petroleum gas, four wheels and chain transmission to the rear wheels.
And do you know why neither of these two is considered the first car in the world? French even has a legitimate reason, since, not having been produced in series, it has ended up being “despised” by history. The car created by the Austrian Siegfried Marcus was however left behind by the German Nazi regime.
That’s right. By decision of the German government in 1908, the encyclopedias were forced to replace the name of Siegfried Marcus, who was Jewish, with German engineers Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz.
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With information: Coach, Cars Guide