What did the first car ever made look like? How did it run and where was it made? For the answers to these questions, we’d have to look back at what we know so far. To a great extent, the first car to be invented hinges upon how you define “car.”

The first vehicles were likely steam-powered vehicles invented in or around the 1670s. This small, early vehicle could not carry a passenger, but could get around. It was not for another 100 years that a steam-powered vehicle was invented that could carry passengers. These early cars were built by French and English designers.

Before we talk about the internal combustion engine, Nikolaus Otto must be mentioned. In 1876, Otto developed an effective four-stroke, gas motor engine. Many of the automobile inventors who followed Otto used similar designs.

If you’re talking about the first-ever internal combustion engine, then Karl Benz is widely credited with building the first car. His three-wheeled car was built in 1885 and patented in 1886. However, there were a great many patents granted, so it’s likely that many inventors have been overlooked who deserve at least some credit. Benz’s car could travel at 10 m.p.h.

Legend has it that Karl Benz’s wife, Bertha, and their sons borrowed the car for a 65-mile jaunt to see grandma. They had to buy gas at drug stores because there were no gas stations then! Can you imagine what it would’ve been like to see the first car traveling down the road? Every once in a while, the kids had to get out and push the car uphill!

Whether you drive a Benz or a Toyota, the team at Tom’s Bulldog Automotive wants you to get the most out of your vehicle. We’d like to save you the trouble of pushing your car uphill like the Benz kids. But seriously, we would love to repair your car, so please, contact us to schedule an appointment. We are located at 63075 Highway 101, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

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