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Cars are an inevitable part of today’s world, with umpteen models adorning every nook and corner of the world. The birth of the car and its periodic evolution through the ages is indeed an interesting subject to many and is worth a thorough study. It is thought that the modern cars that we see on the roads today are the result of over 100,000 patents!
The evolution of cars down the ages has always been an interesting topic and has been filled with many startling facts. Although it is commonly believed that the first steam powered vehicle was built by Nicolas Cugnot in 1769, this is sometimes disputed by others, who put forward another theory that the first steam powered car was built as early as 1672 by Ferdinand Verbiest, a jesuit missionary in China. But very little information is available regarding this.
The early car history before the year 1800 is short and not very accurate since there are not a lot of records from that time. Both of the mentioned cars were either not confirmed at all or there is doubt that they really worked:
The invention of the car is one of the most influential inventions in the human history and a beginning of a colorful car history. Still it is kind of hard to decide who invented the first car in history. Not because there aren’t enough data on that subject but because it’s a bit hard to define what is already a car and what is only an attempt to invent one.