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The word "car" originated from

The word carriage is believed to
originate from the Latin word
carrus or carrum, meaning
"wheeled vehicle".

In 1769 the first steam powered
automobile capable of human
transportation was built by French
inventor Nicolas Joseph Cugnot.

In 1808, French inventor Fran├žois Isaac
de Rivaz designed the first car powered
by an internal combustion engine
fueled by hydrogen.

In 1885, German engine designer
Karl Benz, developed a gasoline
powered automobile.
This is also
considered to be the
first "production" vehicle.
The automobile was powered by
a single cylinder 4 stroke


Did you know that the
first workable gasoline engine
automobile ever built in the
was invented in Milwaukee?

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Automobile History:

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