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(Steam engine noises) Lots of people tried for hundreds of years to create self propelled transportation; with
each successive attempt building on top of the previous incarnation.
Who invented the first car?… Let’s find out. This is WheelHouse. Ferdinand Verbiest was Jesuit missionary hanging
out in Peking with the Kangxi Emperor. When He wasn’t doing astronomy or working
on the calendar, he was tinkering in the garage, inventing gadgets to entertain the emperor.
He was basically the first Car Boy. His coolest invention, by far, was a two foot long cart
with a primitive steam engine on board. I guess technically that made him a CART boy. (Office noises, sighs) Dude, CART BOY, that was a good one! It was basically a plank with five wheels
and a boiler that blew steam on a little turbine that turned the wheels and made the car move.
Ferdinand had technically invented an automobile. BUT it was pretty small so you couldn’t
ride it. So it wasn’t really a car. Early steam engines came to prominence in
the 1700s, and it was only a matter of time before someone built a full size machine that
followed the principles of Verbeist’s toy cart. French inventor Nicolas Cugnot did just
that in 1769, with his ‘Fardier a Vapeur’. And if I mispronounced that, you can sue me
because I took Spanish in high school. Shouts out uhh, wha..what was his name? Mr. Massie,
Senor Massie. Atascadero High School, whats up. Follow your dreams kids. The gargantuan size came at a cost, the Steam
Wagon only had a top speed of 2 and half miles an hour. The French army, which was funding
the project, was kinda disappointed with the performance. The Fardier was cancelled before
it make it to production, but people have built working recreations of Cugnot’s design
and they’re pretty sweet. The front mounted steam engine looks weird as hell but there’s
a visible progression from Ferdinand Verbiest’s toy cart to Cugnot’s machine almost 100
years later. But like the toy cart, the Fardier was not a car either. Steam Technology progressed through the 19th
century. In 1801, Richard Trevithick unveiled his “Puffing Devil”, which wasn’t his
bong, but a steam locomotive for the road. Trevithick was basically illiterate for his
entire life but loved working on machines. The puffing devil was powered by a “strong
steam” engine similar to those used on river boats. This updated design made the engine
much smaller but more prone to boiler explosions. The Devil’s first test run was on Christmas
eve when it successfully climbed up a gentle slope in Cornwall. A few days later, Trevithick took the
Devil out for another drive. But for whatever reason forgot to put out the fire in the boiler
and left the Devil just sitting outside. With all this heat and steam building up with nowhere
left to go, pressure in the tank skyrocketed. And then…pop. Y’know sometimes you smoke
the Puffing Devil, sometimes it smokes you. All these inventions so far are kind of cars
but each one is missing an element that keeps them from being considered the “first”
car by historians. Ferdinand Verbiest’s toy cart thing laid the groundwork for what
the car would be but it was just a toy. Nicolas Cugnot realized the practical application
of self propelled travel but was never able to mass produce it. And the puffing devil
kinda made people think twice about steam engines- because it exploded. So what would make the car..a car? Well it
has to be big enough to hold passengers, practical enough that it can replace the hose and wagon,
and it has to be reliable enough that it won’t blow up. Is there any early invention that can do all
three? Yeah, a few. In 1858 Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir invented
the first commercially successful internal combustion engine. Being an inventor like
the rest of these guys, He decided to attach his engine to a cart. Boom. Car. The Three
Wheeled Lenoir Hippomobile, that’s what he called it, made the 11 mile journey from
Paris to Joinville le Pont in three hours, not bad. But because the Hippomobile was basically
just an existing horse cart with an engine attached , historians don’t credit Lenoir
with the invention of the automobile. That honor goes to a guy named Karl Benz. German Patent Number 37435 was awarded to
Karl Benz and his motorized carriage on January 29th, 1886. The Benz Patent Motorwagen was
powered by a four stroke motor that Karl had designed himself. The 943cc motor produced
⅔ of a horsepower at 230 rpm. If the Benz kinda looks like a tricycle, that’s
because Benz was a huge cyclist and even ran a repair shop before working on the Motorwagen.
The tricycle layout made more sense to Benz over a four wheel carriage because it was
less complicated, lighter and easier to steer Benz worked on his design for years but was
hesitant to go into production. Would people even want the Motorwagen? And How would people
know that it was better than a horse? Fortunately for Karl, his wife would take matters into
her own hands. In the Summer of 1888, Bertha Benz borrowed
the Motorwagen when Karl wasn’t looking. She and her two sons planned to make the 50
mile journey from Mannheim to her mom’s house in Pforziem before sundown. She left
a note on the table and left at dawn. Bertha had to adjust the carburetor and make other
repairs herself, and fueled up at pharmacies as she went. She and the boys made it to Grandma’s house
as the sun went down. The trip was the one of world’s first automotive
marketing stunts, and showed people that the future would be driven by the automobile.
Bertha’s drive was monumental in pushing both the Benz Motorwagen and the idea of the
automobile as we know it onto the world stage. Without a doubt, the Benz Motorwagen is the
first “real” car; both the engine and chassis were developed to function as one
unit. Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, proudly proclaims on their website that they
invented the automobile. But the car didn’t appear overnight. Verbiest, Cugnot, Trevithick, Lenoir and lots
of other guys, they didn’t create the first “real” car; but their contributions were
instrumental in helping Benz make his. And He wouldn’t have succeeded without them. Nailed it. Alright. Thanks for watching WheelHouse, remember to
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100 thoughts on “Ford Didn’t Invent The Car | WheelHouse | Donut Media

  1. Trevithick made another road vehicle way before Benz, in 1802. 3 wheels, steering at the front via a tiller, steam engine and drive wheels at the back, a luxurious horse carriage style seating compartment. It was a fairly practical vehicle, quite fast, 8mph top speed, maximum 8 passengers.

    I really fail to see how Benz's trike is a car but Trevithicks various attempts weren't. A car, a carriage, well that's exactly what Trevithicks London bus was, a self propelled passenger carriage.

    I believe it was a somewhat commercially successful taxi in London for a time. A very attractive machine. It was all a custom job, not slapped together from pre-existing bits.

    There's footage of a replica in Fred Dibnah documentaries (Age of Steam?), in a Mark Williams documentary and in Chris Barrie's Britain's greatest machines. I can't see any meaningful difference between the Benz machine and this one.

  2. the fault in Trevithick's machine wasn't so much that it exploded (although that was bad) for he went on to build other similar steam engines but that it was near impossible to steer, which is why he decided his later invention in 1804 would run on rails thus going from the car to inventing the world's first railway locomotive (with a safety valve to stop it exploding).

  3. What horseshit! They never made that claim. Ford made huge improvements in the assembly line process, and interchangeable parts, to make pricing of his car affordable.

  4. I haven’t watched the vid yet, but I know it was Carl Benz. BTW my parents have got an A250 and we had a C200.
    I live in Denmark so the price is double from USA. If the prices were the same as in USA we could have a dodge demon just sayin

  5. This was interesting, but what I found most interesting is that a woman named BERTHA could be so damn foxy. Would totes slide into the DMs.

  6. ford like Benz and Edison made thing's that were marketable practical ! it's ez to think thing's up it's a bit harder to make it and to make some thing that you can sell !

  7. Pretty sad u didnt mention all the hundreds of thousands steam cars produced and sold…

  8. Edouard Delamare from france had a car before benz. But there was also a steam car around in 1770, can't remember the inventor.

  9. Who the fuck thinks ford invented the car, all he did was mass produce them and used the assembly line for making cars.

  10. What about steam buses? They were so popular that Britain enacted the famous "Red Flag Act" that drove them off the roads. They meet all three of your criteria, and they were running in the 1840s.

  11. Sure Carlos bens created the first car but the first truck was the steam Lori I don't know who invented the steam Lori but it's basically the first truck is it ?

  12. First official car is the Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot contraption. It moved under its own power – auto-mobile.

  13. Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler have been the famous German inventors, who made the car running

  14. Don't forget Trevithick's London Steam Carriage! More refined than his Puffing Devil. Strong steam was what they called high pressure. Nice to see Cornwall getting a mention!

  15. CAR, "A self propelled machine with the ability to transport one or more individuals from point A to point B". Cugnot. At 1:51 "cancelled before it went into production", uh, no, two were built as prospective machines…going "into production" is deceptive wording , as devices & machines built at that time were one at a time, low volume and each one fabricated by hand & unique as the parts were not interchangeable because of great variations in sizes (tolerances).

  16. Ford didn’t invent the car, but he perfected it and made it available to the masses, rather than just a select group of wealthy people.

  17. Ford invented MASS PRODUCTION YOU IDIOTS- why do you even present this as a valid point?
    Omg- U N S U B S C R I B E. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 N O W!

  18. Ford invented the assembly line and mass production and made the car affordable to the normal people. He had NOTHING to do with the invention of the car itself. Who …. neva mind, americans….

  19. Who the hell thinks that cars were made by Ford?Cars where made way before ford but they were made bespokely for the rich and famous

  20. You know what I don’t get, why the engines were so big AND slow, why don’t they just put in a V6 or something?

  21. This begs the question: if what makes a car a car is the presence of internal combustion engine, then what is a Tesla?
    Is Tesla a car anymore?

  22. The first thing they mentioned the one used to please the emperor I am building my own based on the design called the dampfwagen (steam car)

  23. no-one in history has claimed Ford invented the car

    Ford invented the first viral car and the modern mass production assembly line structure that pioneered the automobile age.

  24. You missed Bożeks steam car from 1815 it didn't exploded it carried passengers around the Prag (first taxi?) it was quite practical and fast and replica in action

  25. 0:47 Hackintosh! It's not original. A laptop with red backlight keyboard and Asus ROG logo on it can't be a mac

  26. Ford was the first American car the first patented car brand pretty sure it was Benz which evolved into Mercedes-Benz

  27. Puffing Devil did not explode. The wooden frame caught fire when the driving crew stopped to visit a pub. There is only one recorded instance of a Trevithick boiler exploding, of the many hundreds which were made. In that case, the boy attendant tied down the safety valve, and he went fishing.

  28. you americans think eddison invented electricity…. poor guy has a tiny “statue” nobody even knows about.

    but great video anyway i like your content and hope to see more grandmas driving lambos.

  29. Great video. It reminded me of Barry-O when he said "you didn't do that. Someone else did it for you." LOL. Thank you again.

  30. I don't consider Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be the first car I mean it was basically built with bicycle parts and a gasoline motor it was basically the first trike motorcycle not the first car… The car needs four wheels I don't know about what part of the country you live in or the world but where I'm from a three-wheeled vehicle is considered a motorcycle and is covered under motorcycle laws requiring people to wear a helmet and all that kind of stuff and is not considered a car even the Polaris Slingshot here is considered a motorcycle

  31. I'm disappointed that you forgot about Thomas Parker's electric car from 1884. It had four wheels and resembled a car much more than the Motorwagen.

  32. Nobody thinks Ford invented the car, he's credited for modernizing the assembly line making it more efficient which put his cars at the top of the market

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