Famous Automobile Makers

Famous Automobile Makers

There are several geniuses that need to be mentioned, who were the early pioneers at the dawn of automobile history.

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Nicolaus August Otto
Nicolaus Otto. LOC
One of the most important landmarks in engine design comes from Nicolaus Otto who in 1876 invented an effective gas motor engine. Nicolaus Otto built the first practical four-stroke internal combustion engine called the "Otto Cycle Engine."

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The world's first four-wheeled automobile.
The world's first four-wheeled automobile. LOC
In 1885, Gottlieb Daimler invented a gas engine that allowed for a revolution in car design. On March 8, 1886, Daimler took a stagecoach and adapted it to hold his engine, thereby designing the world's first four-wheeled automobile.

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Karl Benz
Karl Benz. LOC
Karl Benz was the German mechanical engineer who designed and in 1885 built the world's first practical automobile to be powered by an internal-combustion engine.

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John Lambert

America's first gasoline-powered automobile was the 1891 Lambert car invented by John W. Lambert.

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The Duryea - America's first gasoline powered commercial car
The Duryea - America's first gasoline powered commercial car. LOC
America's first gasoline powered commercial car manufacturers were two brothers, Charles Duryea (1861-1938) and Frank Duryea. The brothers were bicycle makers who became interested in gasoline engines and automobiles. On September 20 1893, their first automobile was constructed and successfully tested on the public streets of Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Quotes Henry Ford
Quotes Henry Ford - American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company Henry Ford (1863 - 1947) with his wife Clara on his first ever vehicle, the Ford Quadricycle, 1946. Getty Images
Henry Ford improved the assembly line for automobile manufacturing (Model-T), invented a transmission mechanism, and popularized the gas-powered automobile. Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863, on his family's farm in Dearborn, Michigan. From the time he was a young boy, Ford enjoyed tinkering with machines.

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diesel engine
Diesel engine: internal combustion engine invented by Rudolph Diesel in 1897 (c1910). In 1892, Diesel (1858-1913) patented a design for a new type of internal combustion engine. Research into his invention was subsidised by the German armaments manufacturers Krupps. In 1897 Diesel produced a 25 horsepower, four-stroke, single vertical cylinder compression engine, the high efficiency of which, together with its comparative simplicity of design, made it an immediate commercial success. Subsequent royalty fees brought great wealth to its inventor. Getty Images
Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel-fueled internal combustion engine.

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Charles Franklin Kettering invented the first automobile electrical ignition system and the first practical engine-driven generator.