Click each photo to see a full screen shot. Enlarges better on desktops than smartphones. Each of the 10 cars was designed for production, not just to be viewed as experimental prototypes.
Some basics: A bell was used instead of an electric horn, headlights were gas-powered, and the engine was started with a crank. Car batteries didn't become widely used until about 1920 when cars became equipped with electric starters. The sealed battery, which did not require refilling, was invented in 1971. Those were the days.
Click here for a great Wikipedia article, including photos, of the New York to Paris car race of 1908. Famously alluded to in the 1965 comedy-melodrama
|1885||25 sold 1886-1893|
|1891||Peugeot Type 3||64 built 1891-1894|
|1897||Peugeot Type 15|
|1897||Daimler England||Started in 1897 selling 3 cars a week.|
|1900||Mercedes||Designed by Austrian diplomat Emil Jellinek, named after his daughter, and built by Wilhelm Maybach, partner of Daimler (who was now deceased).|
|1901||In 1901 produced 425 off Assembly line.
In 1902 2500 cars produced.
In 1908 sold company to General Motors, whose founder William Durant had bailed out the Buick company in 1904.
|1903||Wolseley Motors||Started in England in 1901|
|1905||Peugeot Baby||Over 3000 built 1905-1916|
|1910||Model T Ford||In 1903 started company. Launched the Model T Ford in 1908 and sold millions over 20 years of assembly line production.|
|1912||Humber||Started in England in 1901|
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