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In my research paper I am going to tell you how the first automobile and the evolution of the automobile helped the United States be able to expand as rapidly as it did with the help of the automobile and its many uses With the invention of the automobile came a new sense of freedom The automobile has been a force that has helped to set the course for the futureIn the year 1903 a man named Henry Ford invented the first gas powered combustion engine With this new engine he was able to construct a personal conveyance which was to be named the automobile With his invention of the automobile traveling became faster and more efficient then a horse and carriage His first cars sold for about 900 dollars This meant that pretty much only the wealthy could afford the luxury of having the first horseless carriageThe first engine was a 20 horsepower straight four cylinder that had a top speed of 25 mph The first cars were primarily made out of wood which was hand carved by a skilled carpenter The first cars had the bear necessities to be driven It had a windshield front seats and back seats that held four people the engine the gas tank that was positioned under the back seat a radiator and lights for night driving The first car had a 3 speed manual transmission that was operated by leavers and a clutch The transmission was used to transfer the power of the engine into a gearbox that caused the car to move The gearbox is what controlled how much of the engines power was used to start the car in motion and how fast the engine must run to maintain a constant speed The clutch was used to allow the gears to be shifted without any damage being done to the gears or gearbox The gears controlled the speed the car traveled at and how much
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