When you ask yourself, “Who invented the first automobile?” the answer may come as a jolt, as most people immediately think back to a time when cars were fairly primitive vehicles. Before the age of the internal combustion engine, people relied on their horses or asses to get around, and to get from point A to point B.
The age of the horse and buggy came to an end with the discovery of the internal combustion engine. With this new technology, people could now go much faster than ever before, and there was a great improvement in how people lived their lives. However, the real birth of the automobile came with the onset of the Age of the Stereotypes. The automobile made it possible for many people to actually own a car, which is what many of the great car makers had been dreaming about since the time of the old horse-and-buggy days. So who really came up with the idea of the first automobile?
Many think that the beginning of the automobile is probably by far the most important historical moment in the development of the world’s motorized mobility. As previously mentioned, the use of the horse and buggy had been commonplace throughout human history; however, there are many things that happened before the time of the automobile that can still be considered to be quite relevant. For instance, someone else had already come up with the idea of making a cart or mule; and while he was doing that, he had begun work on a kind of primitive automobile. The discovery of the electric engine, while not related to the earlier inventions mentioned above, paved the way to the next great thing in mobility: the internal combustion engine. From thereon, the age of the automobile began.
By the time of the classic era, the automobile had undergone many changes and innovations, and had finally reached its modern form. The introduction of the motor car marked the start of what we know today as the classic era of the automobile. This era also gave birth to some of the most famous names in the industry, like Bachmann, Wankel, Opfer, Locarno and Pegaso. The introduction of the automobile brought a major change to travel and the transportation of people; it became one of the most essential parts of our everyday lives. Even today, many people use an automobile to get to work, school, church and virtually anywhere they need to go.
The classic era started with the First World War II, which left Germany without any means of obtaining fuel for their motor vehicles. Consequently, all German cars were ruined during the war. The Second World War brought an end to the great depression, that the whole world was experiencing. Suddenly, the “Blame Game” started and everyone was sitting on their butt wondering who was to blame for the Great Depression. This especially took place in America, where millions of American citizens blamed Germany for starting the entire Great Depression.
After the Second World War, the United States of America was in need of automobiles to run their war efforts and they quickly got rid of the old cars and replaced them with new cars, which were a lot heavier, had more power and traveled faster. All these factors contributed to the development of the US auto industry. In the year 2021 alone, sales of cars in the United States increased by fifty-seven million. Because of this great increase in sales of automobiles, competition in the industry became stiffer, and the “American Dream” came a little closer.
The First American automobile was the Model T, which was a vehicle designed by entrepreneur Ray Cook. He was attempting to design a vehicle that had better utility preferences than any other vehicle on the road at that time. Cook needed to overcome some significant obstacles, but he was able to overcome them and create an automobile that was both practical and attractive. Cook also recognized the importance of having an automobile that had excellent exterior styling, so he headed out to work on developing the Model T. Later, in the late thirties, another automobile designer by the name of W.C Benton approached Cook and asked for help designing an automobile that was more fuel efficient. Cook was willing to help, since he realized that fuel efficiency was one of the major factors that contributed to better utility and the better styling of automobiles at that time.
After the Model T was released to the public, it immediately became a hit. Sales of automobiles shot up, which helped to improve the economy. At the same time, improvements in exterior styling helped to improve overall appearance, especially on the outside of vehicles. By the end of the thirties, improvements in automobiles were becoming more noticeable, with most cars being designed to appeal to both men and women. Who invented the automobile? Well, it was a company called Ford.