I know it sounds quite funny or surprising for you, that really Chinese toy was the first car. But the answer is yes…

We all know the fact China is the largest production hub in the world, especially Chinese toys are world famous not for its quality but for its concepts. And it is not only in 20 century but it was earlier too. When you will go back in history in the year 1672 “Ferdinand Verbist” a “Flemish member of Jesuit mission in China” had made the first working steam engine vehicle. It was considered as a toy because it has only 65-metre length and even could not carry a driver on it. It was made for and presented to the Chinese emperor.

1885Benz patent car

The story of the first car

We all know that the development of the car was not sudden. It’s a series of improvement. It is not right to give all credit to one person, but Joseph Cugnot is widely credited to build the first self-propelled vehicle or car (same as Charles Babbage considered as the father of computer). Cugnot had created a steam-powered tricycle.

Germany became the first car manufacturer in the world in year1888 when Bertha Benz the wife of Karl Benz undertook the first road trip by the car to support her husband’s invention.

Karl Benz who also credited as the inventor of the modern car was granted a patent for his first I.C. engine in 1879. And later on, 29th January 1886, he got patent for his I.C. engine powered vehicle. He was one of the founder members of the Mercedes-Benz a Daimler group company.

Although Benz started his car production in Germany and sold about 25 cars in the next 5 -6 years. But Emile Roger of France took licence for Benz I.C. engine and sold more cars in France than him. France was also considered a better market for earlier cars.

  • Fact:- In the month of November of 1881, a French inventor Gustave Trowie demonstrated the first car (three-wheeled ) powered by electricity at the “International Exposition of Electricity, Paris“.

Image of earlier cars

1st toy car
The first Chinese toy car which was made for the Chinese emperor.
pic credit:- By Photo et photographisme © Roby. Grand format sur demande – own work. Avec l’aimable permission du Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41639
Gustave Trouvé’s tricycle, the first ever electric automobile to be shown in public.
By Jacques CATTELIN – http://academie-de-touraine.com/Tome_25_files/067-092.pdf (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52267675
Ford model T 1927.
By Rmhermen – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=468996

 

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