Who Built the First Car?

It is difficult to decide exactly who built the first petrol-driven motor-car in 1887; in the same year, two Frenchmen patented a clutch and gearbox which were basically the same as those fitted to the majority of English cars today.

Nowadays mission, of course, some English cars have automatic transmission, though this modern features is more popular in American cars. The first great English pioneer in the development of the car was F.W Lancaster, who produced his first car in 1895.

Two “modern” innovations incorporated in his car were pneumatic tires and wire wheels. Development from this date on was rapid. At First is was difficult to raise the interest of possible investors in the manufacture of cars. One young American inventor, Henry Ford designed a car to be sold at a popular price.


Motoring in its early days was the privilege of the wealthy, and Ford’s experiment proved successful. This led to the foundation of the world’s largest car factory, the Ford plant, which proceeded to make comparatively cheap, reliable cars available to people all over the world. Henry Ford taught the motor industry its two principles of standardization and mass production.

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