The First Automobile
A steam tractor for hauling artillery was
built in 1796 by a French engineer named Nicolas Cugnot
Karl Benz patented his gas powered
tricycle (velocipede) on Jan. 29 / 1886.
About the same time Gottlieb Daimler
built a 2 wheeler powered by a 4 stroke engine.
The first modern type 4 wheeled vehicle
was designed by Emile Levassor, a Frenchman. This was also the first automobile
manufactured on a large scale in 1891. The company was named, “Panhard and
Levassor”. Emile Levassor was killed while racing a “Panhard Pheonix” in
“Alfa” was established in 1910.
Nicola Remeo took over in 1919 and began producing sports cars in the
20s. “Alfa Remo” produced a 370 HP 4.0 liter 12 cylinder in 1936.
BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werk)
“BMW” was set up by Karl Rapp and Max
Friz in 1916.