A History of the Car!

Who invented the first Car ?

This question does not have a straightforward answer. The history of the automobile is very rich and dates back to the 15th century when Leonardo da Vinci was creating designs and models for transport vehicles. 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.


Cars did not become widely available until the early 20th century. One of the first cars that were accessible to the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Cars were rapidly adopted in the US, where they replaced animal drawn carriages and carts, but took much longer to be accepted in Western Europe and other parts of the world.

Come 1806, the first cars powered by an internal combustion engine (and running on fuel gas) made their debut.In the decades to follow, innovations such as hand brakes, multi-speed transmissions, and better steering emerged.

Over the next several decades, the world saw the arrival (and progressive development) of racing cars, luxury vehicles, mass-production, engine advancements, aerodynamic enhancements, fuel efficiencies, computer-assisted designs, and car types aplenty. From the Vintage Era to the Pre-WWII era, and then the Post-war era to modern times, here’s a closer look at some throwback (and not so throwback) details from the latter part of the last century.

1956: Power steering becomes a common feature, empowering drivers to make turns with the help of hydraulics.

1965: 8-track players serve up another listening option for those who like some music with their motion. (AKA everyone, ever.)

1970: Cassette decks keep the tunes comin’.

1973:  The catalytic converter scrubs tailpipe emissions and helps cars clean up their act.

1982: Electronic fuel injection becomes the new standard for how vehicles mix air and fuel to optimize engines.

1984: Air bags begin to become expected safety standbys.

1985: In-dash CD players make sure the beat goes on.

1994: On-board diagnostics (the 16-pin connector that garage mechanics use as a resource for vehicle status and condition) start popping up with increased frequency.

1995: Navigation systems keep drivers on track.

2000: Hybrid cars merge the best of bold fuel worlds.

2000–2010s: Connected and “smart” cars take automobile tech to the next level.