Fascinating Automobile Facts - A Journey Down The Years

The 1885 Benz Patent Motorwagen - the world's first practical car, was build by Karl Benz in the year 1885. With just 3 wheels, the Benz Patent Motorwagen was equipped with a single-cylinder 984cc engine and had a top speed of 8 Mph.

In the year 1902, the world's first Disc Brake was patented by Frederick William Lanchester. The drum brakes were introduced a year later in 1903.

In 1912 Cadillac implemented the 'Electric Starter Motor' that eliminated the need to crank-start motors - a move that actually made cars popular with women. The electric starter debuted in the 1912 Cadillac Touring Edition.

The Ford Model T - the world's first car to be mass produced on a moving assembly line - sold over 15 Lakh models between the year 1908 and 1927. Ford Model T was proclaimed as the most influential car of the 20th century in the International Car of the Century awards.
Ford Model T
Ford Model T. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Introduced in the year 1924, the Bugatti Type 35 went on to become one of the most successful racing cars of all time. It claimed over 1000 race victories between 1924 and 1929.
Bugatti Type 35 Sports Car
Bugatti Type 35 Sports Car. Source: Bugatti.com
In the year 1962, Volkswagen became the first car manufacturer to produce 1 million cars in a year.

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