Car short history

June 25, 2012 | In: Car History

Many think that the car is probably the biggest invention in history. Personally, I don’t agree, but if you stop to think a little, you can easily see that nothing happens without cars. Everyone and everything depend on cars.

The first idea of a car appeared in 1769, along with the invention of the steam engine. The steam engine had a metal frame with seats and could carry several people. For almost 40 years people used these enormous cars that made very disturbing noises.

In 1806, the internal combustion engine was invented, that ran with liquid fuel. Immediately, the car had extraordinary success all over the world and soon became the main transportation method.

In the 1900, the electric engine sees light.

After the Second World War, the automobile industry skyrockets. In the beginning of the 20th century, the world had 500.000 cars. In 2008, the annual production exceeds 70 million units.

But let’s see the modern car in a more detailed manner.

The first series automobile was initiated by Karl Benz in 1888 in Germany. 12 years later, France and USA started to produce series cars.

In 1891, the first Peugeot appears.

In 1898, Renault produces its first car. In the beginning of the 20th century, the automobile industry explodes in Western Europe, with France producing more than 30.000 units, representing almost 50% of the world’s entire production, in 1903.

In 1902, the US gives to the world the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, meaning the Oldsmobile. Little after that, the Cadillac, Winton Automobile and Ford Motor Company appeared on the market, with thousands of vehicle created every year. Between 1908 and 1927, the Ford Model T forever changed the industry in terms of design and number of cars created, exceeding 1914 the 250.000 mark.

Between 1920 and 1930, new companies appear: Chrysler, Pontiac, Plymouth.

In 1922, the first car to have a unitary body is invented: the Lancia Lambda.

This period was probably the most prosperous for the car industry, names like Mercedes Benz, Austin, BMW, Nissan, Citroen and Maserati becoming main players on the automobile market.

The Second World War puts a stop on the industry’s development, but the US gave the world, through Chrysler, the Jeep, because of the necessity to have all-road vehicles on the European battlefield.

After the War, the automobile industry picks up itself and continues to develop and create more cars. So, in 1946 the first 10.000 Volkswagen Beetle are constructed. Having an immense success all over Europe, the Germans decided to export it in the US, where the people were thrilled to have it.

In 1949, all over the US you could find the 8 cylinder V motors, with high compression, or the V8 motor, to put it slightly. Cadillac, General Motors and Oldsmobile started to turn their attention to the cars aerodynamics.

In Italy, Enzo Ferrari launches the Ferrari 250, and Lancia the V6 motor, called Aurelia.

In the 50s, speed and horsepower know a constant growth, the body design becomes more beautiful by the day, and all over the world cars are shipped and created.

Little cars take over the streets of Europe, Fiat 500 and Mini being the main players.

An extraordinary success is granted to the Beetle, who later was voted to be the most successful car in history.

In 1963, the Porsche 911 sees the asphalt, becoming on of the greatest sport car in history. After the 70s, the SUV appears in USA, the Jeep Wagoneer. In Europe, the first SUV is created by Great Britain, and it is called Range Rover.

In 1978 the Maserati Bora comes to the market, being the fastest car ever, reaching almost 180 miles/ hour.

And the rest is history…

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