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Early History of Cars Patent and Naming In Philadelphia in 1792 a man named Oliver Evans applied for a patent on a steam land carriage He called his steam carriage oruktor amphibolos Martini a 14th century painter who was trained in engineering also had the same idea He designed on paper a man-propelled carriage which had four wheels Each of these wheels was turned by a hand crank which was hooked up with gearing This was on the right track but the people doing the cranking would die of exhaustion The really historical part of martinis design was the name he called it the automobile coming from the Greek word auto meaning self and the Latin word mobils meaning moving The First Cars from 1770 to 1908 Nicholas Cugnot built the first car in France in 1770 He called it The Cugnot 3-wheel Steam Tractor This steam-powered car would run for about 15 min at the speed of about 6mph The next car was the 1885 Benz 3 wheeler of Germany The maker of this car was Siegfried Marcus This car reached speeds of about 5 mph It was not until later when Benz made a more useable car In 1895 Panhard et Levassor started making engines for Daimler He created the template other car companies would use in the cars shortly fallowing Then in 1898 Renault flourished a great town-to-town car racer also setting a new design trend AA new electric car came out in 1899 the Jamais Contente Electric Car Camille Jenatzy known as the red devil set a new land speed record by being the first to exceed 60mph He reached the speed of 657 mph in his new electric car Mercedes then unveiled what was said to be the first modern car The Emile Jellinek It had a steel frame smooth engine and the first honeycomb radiator In 1902 Napier showed off its new 35hp Gordon Bennett
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