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Fun Facts About the History of Cars [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Poquet Auto on Aug 6, 2015 5:00:27 AM

The first car engine was patented in 1879 by German inventor Karl Benz. Though not fully built until 1886, the first car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, was the first vehicle of its kind.

 Almost unrecognizable from cars today, automakers have seriously advanced the safety, efficiency, and aesthetic of our vehicles.

 Today’s vehicles are decked out with convenient, helpful features. From electric headlights to sunroofs and air conditioning, the infographic below takes a look back at how cars became the modern marvels we know today.

Here are 7 of its most interesting facts:

1. General Motors introduced the first blinkers on its Buick vehicles in 1938.

2. From 1838 to 1912, electric headlights were used but weren’t very effective because the filaments would burn out quickly in rain or snow.

3. The first cars had steering levers instead of steering wheels.

4. The first sunroof was available as far back as 1938.

5. The first windshields were sold as an “upgrade” option to consumers who wanted more protection than just googles while driving down the road.

6. The first inflatable tires were made out of leather, not rubber as they are today. 

7. The first car heater was developed in 1890, while air conditioning did not come until 1939.

Check out the whole infographic here:

An infographic look at the parts of a car and their strange histories. Facts about the features of modern cars and the creation of road rules. Add this infographic from Allianz car insurance.
Infographic by: Allianz Australia Car Insurance.


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