Find out about car history & the intriguing development of the automobile. Although it is Karl Benz who is credited with the first prototype in 1885 of the modern car, the first self-propelled vehicle was invented more than 100 years earlier.
In 1678 a small steam car was shown off that had been made for the Chinese emperor. It was the founding of the early history of the car. By 1769, Nicholas Cugnot was demonstrating an automobile in France.
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A piece of trivia
Nicolas Cugnot who designed the first car in 1769 made another steam-driven vehicle two years later, also at the Paris Arsenal. The machine reportedly ran quite well, although on one occasion it ran into a wall, thus recording the world’s first motor-accident.
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