One hundred thirty-seven years have passed since the day that German mechanic and inventor Karl Benz rode out of the gates of his house in a very creaky, slow, and gasoline-smelling carriage that somehow moved on its own without any help from horses. The people who lived near Benz did not realize that they had just seen a big change: the first car.
Since then, many years have passed, and people have found better ways to do almost everything that was invented in the 1800s. However, the car is still the most popular thing in the world. Then, at the turn of the century many, many years ago, well-known brands like Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Renault, as well as brands that no longer exist like Isotta Fraschini, Lorraine-Dietrich, and Hispano-Suiza, were the world’s top automakers.
And in almost 150 years, cars have changed so much that they are almost unrecognizable. They have evolved from clumsy, loud, stinky vehicles with thin wheels on spokes that were completely unsafe on the road to sleek and fast vehicles with artificial intelligence to assist the driver and safety as a key component of their design. Of course, safety and beauty
Here is a special selection of pictures that show how the first or one of the first cars made by well-known modern brands looked compared to some of their most recent cars.
Scroll down and enjoy it until the end, and don’t forget to tell your coworkers.
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#01 Peugeot Bebe Type BP-1 (1913) vs. Peugeot 308 (2021)
#2 Nissan Datsun Type 16 Coupe (1937) vs. Nissan X-Trail (2022)
The first true car thief in history shared the same surname as the person who manufactured it. In fact, Bertha Benz, the wife of the man who invented the first car, got behind the wheel with her two teenage sons and drove to a nearby city to visit family without telling her husband or the authorities. This happened in 1888.
The first speeding ticket in the history of the world was given out eight years after Bertha Benz’s trip. Walter Arnold, a Briton, was driving his car at an unthinkable 8 miles per hour. This was a very bad thing to do. Because there were no traffic laws back then, Arnold was ticketed as if he were driving a horse-drawn carriage.
#3 Volvo OV4 (1927) vs. Volvo XC90 (2019)
#4 Renault Type AX (1908) vs. Renault Arkana (2021)
Even though Walter Arnold was the first driver to get a ticket for speeding, he wasn’t the first racer, since the first car race happened a year before his incident. The idea for the race came from H.H. Kohlsaat, who is in charge of running the Chicago Times-Herald.
Kohlsaat announced “A Prize for Motors,” with a $5,000 prize for “inventors who can build practical, self-propelled road carriages.” The race was supposed to go from Chicago to Milwaukee, but bad roads made the course shorter, and it went from Chicago to Evanston and back.
#5 Volkswagen 2 (1948) vs. Volkswagen ID.4
#6 Benz Patent-Motorwagen (1885) vs. Mercedes-Benz EQS (2022)
The official race took place on Thanksgiving Day, when it was about 30 degrees Fahrenheit and there was 6 inches of new snow and drifts as high as 24 inches. There were supposed to be almost 80 participants, but only 11 agreed to run in such bad weather, and only six cars showed up at the start line. Only two people made it to the end, and J. won the first race ever. His name was Frank Duryea.
Every year, cars get faster, smarter, and safer, and they look more and more like futuristic versions of spaceships that can be driven on the ground. But no matter how well they worked, it all started in the quiet German town of Mannheim 137 years ago, when Karl Benz rolled out his homemade unit onto the road, scaring away all the dogs in the area and making the children in the area happy. This was the beginning of a new era.