Henry Ford actually came into cars much later than most people think.
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. However unlike the "Benz model", most of the machines designed during that period were steam-propelled.
1769 - NICOLAS CUGNOT
The very first self-propelled car was built in 1769, when Nicolas Cugnot, a French military engineer designed a steam powered road-vehicle.
The vehicle was built at the Paris Arsenal, and was used by the French Army to move cannons. It had three wheels with the engine in the front along with the boiler.
1807 - Francois Isaac de Rivaz
Issac de Rivaz (Switzerland), designed several successful steam-run cars towards the late 18th century. In 1807 he designed an "internal combustion engine".The engine was gas driven and used a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen to generate energy.
de Rivaz used this engine to develop a car, and the occasion was historic. This was the first vehicle to run on an internal combustion engine. In subsequent years Rivaz worked on his design, and in 1813 developed a 6 metres long car, weighing almost a ton.
1860 - Jean Etienne Lenoir
The early 19th century saw several different designs of the internal combustion engine (including that of de Rivaz, who also built a car based on his engine). However none of these early designs showed any degree of commercial success.
The first successful internal combustion engine was a two-stroke gas driven engine patented by Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir of Belgium in 1860. In 1862 he built an experimental vehicle driven by his gas-engine, which managed to achieve a speed of 3 kms/hour. By 1865 around 500 of these engines were in use in Paris alone.
1876 - Nikolaus August Otto
The first practical "four-stroke" engine was patented by the Otto and Langen Company of Deutz, Germany.
Nikolaus Otto was a salesman with a grocer when he read of Lenoir's two-stroke gas-driven internal combustion engine. Otto started a workshop in Deutz near Cologne, supported by Langen in 1863. He had a model engine built and improved upon the gas engine, making it a practical power source. The four-stroke Otto Engine was invented in 1876, and a large number of engines were produced under the patent of Otto and Langen.
It was however, a German engineer named Gottlieb Daimler, who, carried out much of the development work on the engine. Daimler was at the time employed with Otto and Langen, and a substantial credit for the success is due to him.
In 1891, Ford became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company, and after his promotion to Chief Engineer in 1893, he had enough time and money to devote attention to his personal experiments on gasoline engines. These experiments culminated in 1896 with the completion of his own self-propelled vehicle named the Quadricycle, which he test-drove on June 4 of that year. After various test-drives, Henry Ford brainstormed ways to improve the Quadricycle.
Detroit Automobile Company and The Henry Ford Company
After this initial success, Ford came to Edison Illuminating in 1899 with other investors, and they formed the Detroit Automobile Company. The Company soon went bankrupt because Ford continued to improve the design, instead of selling cars. He raced his car against those of other manufacturers to show the superiority of his designs. With his interest in race cars, he formed the Henry Ford Company.
The Model T was introduced on October 01, 1908
Ford Model A, introduced in December, 1927 and produced through 1931
I think it was Rols and Royce sometime in the early 1900s
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i always though it was "any colour as long as its black"
think im wrong after reading the above link lol
cant all be genius ;)
Henry Ford and his brother made the first car. That's all I know. But why do you think it's a boring question? And why say it's boring infront of your sons? If they have an interest, let them check it out. That how they gain knowledge. Maybe you should surf the net along with them.
Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (26 February, 1725 – 2 October, 1804) was a French inventor who is claimed by the French government to have built the first self-propelled mechanical vehicle or automobile.
This claim is disputed by various sources which suggest that Ferdinand Verbiest, as a member of a Jesuit mission in China, may have built the first steam powered car around 1672.
There are many different types of automobiles - steam, electric, and gasoline - as well as countless styles.
Exactly who invented the automobile is a matter of opinion. If we had to give credit to one inventor, it would probably be Karl Benz from Germany.
Many suggest that he created the first true automobile in 1885/1886.
I think it was the Benz 3-wheeler in 1886 in Germany.
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