Used cars have been around for a long time and are now a common commodity. Brands such as BMW, Jeep, and Mercedez produce vehicles of high quality with unique features. They also make electric and hybrid vehicles, which are considered the future’s of transportation.

But just 200 years ago, these things were impossible to imagine for the average person. And early prototypes, while impressive at that time, failed to find their niche. It’s funny to think of the days when horse carriages were more affordable.

We’ll go back in time and see who invented the technology marvel while also mentioning the important contributions that led up to modern cars.

Who invented the car

As with any invention,¬†a thought was the beginning. Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to have a concept for a car. He was renowned as a painter and inventor who had a vision that was far ahead of its time. It isn’t easy to credit someone for creating the first car. Once you look past the modern features like GPS, automatic transmission, and antilock brakes, you will eventually find Benz Motor Car No. 1.

Karl Benz created the Motorwagen, a three-wheeled car with three wheels in 1866. The first modern automobile was invented by Karl Benz in 1866. Benz also patented the throttle system, spark plugs, gear shifter, water radiator, and carburetor. He created Daimler Group, a car manufacturer that exists today.

That’s only the tip of the Iceberg. Karl Benz had a direct competitor named Gottlieb Daimler, who built the prototype car on March 8, 1886. Nicolas Joseph Cugnot, a Frenchman who made his first automobile in 1769, was the one to have surpassed both of them. The British Royal Automobile Club, as well as the Automobile Club de France, have recognized him for being the inventor of the automobile.

Milestones and Important Contributions

There’s no way to tell who invented the automobile. Many brilliant inventors spent sleepless nights designing and testing their inventions. Look at what they did and how important their contribution¬†was.

Nicolaus Otto

Nicolaus Otto invented the first practical four-stroke internal combustion engine in 1876. The Otto Cycle Engine was the first four-stroke, functional internal combustion engine. He built a motorcycle as soon as it was finished, making his invention available to others.

Gottlieb Daimler

Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach reinvented Otto’s internal combustion engines in 1885, which were considered to be the closest thing that could have been made today. Daimler was a co-owner of Deutz Gasmotorenfabrik in 1872 with Nikolaus Otto. He used his experience to create this engine and further works.

Gottlieb Daimler refined his designs and, in 1889, created a two-cylinder, four-stroke engine that was V-shaped with mushroom-shaped pistons. This set a new industry standard. In the same year, he and his partner built an automobile. The car had a 4-speed transmission with a top speed of 10 mph.

Due to his inventions, gasoline cars began to gain momentum and began to outsell other motor vehicles. The market grew rapidly, and demand was at an all-time high.

Rene Panhard & Emile Levassor

Rene Panhard & Emile Levassor were able to build their first car with a Daimler motor within a year. Edouard Sarazin – who owned the rights to Daimler’s patent – commissioned the two to create one. This led to more breakthroughs.

Panhard and Levassor produced autos that had a pedal-operated transmission, a chain-driven gearbox with variable speeds, and a radiator in the front. Levassor, the first designer of rear-wheel drive vehicles and a vehicle with a front-mounted engine, was the one to do it.

The vehicles of all French manufacturers were not standardized, and so the results were always different. The first standardized vehicle was the Benz Velo of 1894. In 1895, about a hundred thirty-four Velos identical were produced.

American Inventors

Charles and Frank Duryea were America’s first commercial gasoline car manufacturers. They were interested in automobiles but also in gasoline engines. In 1893, they built their first vehicle in Springfield, Massachusetts. Only 13 Duryea limousine models were produced.

The Curved Dash Oldsmobile was the first car to become popular in America. The vehicle was produced by Ransome Eli, who created the assembly line concept and launched the Detroit automobile industry. In 1901, he was the largest manufacturer in Detroit until 1904.

Henry Ford is the most prominent figure in US automotive history. In 1913-1914, Ford was the first person to install an assembly line using conveyor belts in his Michigan factory. It reduced production costs and assembly times. In 1896, he created his first automobile called the “Quadricycle,” and this was a major factor in the creation of the Model T in 1908. It was a huge success, with 15 million Model Ts produced by 1927.


The journey from the early days of the automobile to today’s vehicle is impressive, even though the article does not cover everything in detail. Technology has advanced a lot, but the person who is responsible for the advancement of this technology will always be remembered.