In the season of 1915 the 8-cylinder car proved an absorbing topic for automobile engineers and experts, as well as for the layman, and many 8-cylinder cars were speedily rushed upon the market. Adams, 1919

8-Cylinder car

In the season of 1915 the 8-cylinder car proved an absorbing topic for automobile engineers and experts,…

A family travels in an automobile.

Automobile

A family travels in an automobile.

Neighborhood people look in amazement at the first automobile driving down the road.

Automobile Driving Through the Neighborhood

Neighborhood people look in amazement at the first automobile driving down the road.

One of the earliest models of the automobile, which was steam-powered.

A Precursor of the Automobile

One of the earliest models of the automobile, which was steam-powered.

An automobile used for transportation that is run completely off electricity.

Electric Automobile

An automobile used for transportation that is run completely off electricity.

An automobile used for transportation that is run completely off electricity.

Electric Automobile

An automobile used for transportation that is run completely off electricity.

A back axle of a Leyland petrol wagon illustrating direct drive. The middle casing houses the reducing and differential gear, while the wheel axles are going through the box. The gears are moved by a shaft coming from the engine, rotating the gears and the wheels.

Back Axle of Leyland Six Ton Petrol Wagon

A back axle of a Leyland petrol wagon illustrating direct drive. The middle casing houses the reducing…

A side view of Barford and Perkins water—ballast rollers. The vehicle operated using an internal combustion engine to turn the back tires by a drive chain and stopped by turning the wheel on the right. A stirring chain was connected from the front rollers to the large wheel.

Side View of Barford and Perkins Water Ballast Rollers

A side view of Barford and Perkins water—ballast rollers. The vehicle operated using an internal…

The car in which the aeronauts sit is usually made of wicker-work of whalebone. It is sustained by cords attached to a network covering the entire upper half of the balloon.

Balloon with Car and Parachute

The car in which the aeronauts sit is usually made of wicker-work of whalebone. It is sustained by cords…

An illustration of a small boy sitting on a cart.

Boy on Cart

An illustration of a small boy sitting on a cart.

"The finished car." -Bodmer, 1917

Building an Automobile, Step 23: Finished Car

"The finished car." -Bodmer, 1917

A couple using their auto bed camp. It is a tent attached to the back the automobile that folds up when traveling.

Auto Bed Camp

A couple using their auto bed camp. It is a tent attached to the back the automobile that folds up when…

An illustration of a car stirring up dust on a dry road.

Car on Dry Dusty Street

An illustration of a car stirring up dust on a dry road.

An illustration of a car on a muddy street.

Car on Muddy Street

An illustration of a car on a muddy street.

An illustration of a car smoking.

Car Smoking

An illustration of a car smoking.

An illustration of the "four-cylinder, 40-45 horse-power, seven passenger Great Arrow Touring Car." -MacMillian, 1906

Great Arrow Touring Car

An illustration of the "four-cylinder, 40-45 horse-power, seven passenger Great Arrow Touring Car."…

A side internal and chassis view of Albion car. The car has 16 horsepower and weighs 2 tons. The shaft, in the middle, comes from the engine to the back gears. The back gears are connected to the wheel by a driving chain.

Internal and Chassis View of Albion Car

A side internal and chassis view of Albion car. The car has 16 horsepower and weighs 2 tons. The shaft,…

"Each is a two-wheeled affair, with seats high up over the wheels and steps below on which our feet rest." —Carpenter, 1902

Jaunting car

"Each is a two-wheeled affair, with seats high up over the wheels and steps below on which our feet…

This is a car which is used in the transport of logs from one construction site to another.

Log Carrying Car

This is a car which is used in the transport of logs from one construction site to another.

This car features refrigeration and ventilation as the early use for automobile air conditioning. Air conditioning is the cooling and dehumidification of indoor cabin air for thermal comfort. In a broader sense, the term can refer to any form of cooling, heating, ventilation, or disinfection that modifies the condition of air.

Refrigerating and Ventilating Car

This car features refrigeration and ventilation as the early use for automobile air conditioning. Air…

The high cost and low top speed of electric vehicles compared to later internal combustion vehicles caused a worldwide decline in their use.

Electric Carriage Type Vehicle

The high cost and low top speed of electric vehicles compared to later internal combustion vehicles…

The side view of 1802 Trevithick's Steam Carriage. This horseless carriage is operated by a steam engine in the back, rotating the wheels. The front wheels turn the vehicle, operated by the stick.

Side View of 1802 Trevithick Steam Carriage

The side view of 1802 Trevithick's Steam Carriage. This horseless carriage is operated by a steam engine…

Old cars driving down a city road.

Cars

Old cars driving down a city road.

A wheeled vehicle, especially a four-wheeled horse-drawn passenger vehicle, often of an elegant design.

Carriage Cart

A wheeled vehicle, especially a four-wheeled horse-drawn passenger vehicle, often of an elegant design.

An internal combustible Barford and Perkins water ballast rollers chassis. The fuel tank is located directly in front the driver. The lever is connected to the gear box.

Chassis of Barford and Perkins Water Ballast Rollers

An internal combustible Barford and Perkins water ballast rollers chassis. The fuel tank is located…

A Hallford—Stevens petrol—electric vehicle. The vehicle is considered to be an early hybrid vehicle without battery storage. The vehicle continuously ran to generate power for the back two motors connected to the wheels.

Hallford Stevens Petrol Electric Vehicle Chassis with Two Back Motors

A Hallford—Stevens petrol—electric vehicle. The vehicle is considered to be an early hybrid…

"One of the chief advantages of the side—chain drive lies in the fact that there is, with it, less weight below the springs than with any other form of final drive. The only parts below the springs are: the fixed back axle; the chain rings; the road wheels themselves; the road—wheel brakes and part of the weight of the chains." —Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1910

Six Ton Wagon Chassis

"One of the chief advantages of the side—chain drive lies in the fact that there is, with it,…

A car that has top that can be folded or removed

Automobile Convertible

A car that has top that can be folded or removed

Two couples waiting at each other, one pair from the doorstep of a house, the other from an old convertable car.

Couples waving

Two couples waiting at each other, one pair from the doorstep of a house, the other from an old convertable…

"A chariot, a car. These terms appear to have denoted those two wheeled vehicles for the carriage of persons, which were open overhead, thus differing from the corpentum, and closed in front, in which the differed from the cisium. The most essential articles in the construction of the currus were, 1. The rim. 2. The axle. 3. The wheels, which revolved upon the axle and were prevented from coming off by the insertion of pins into the extremities of the axles. The parts of the wheel were: a. The nave. b. The spokes. c. The felly. d. The tire. 4. The pole." — Smith, 1873

Currus

"A chariot, a car. These terms appear to have denoted those two wheeled vehicles for the carriage of…

"A chariot, a car. These terms appear to have denoted those two wheeled vehicles for the carriage of persons, which were open overhead, thus differing from the corpentum, and closed in front, in which the differed from the cisium. The most essential articles in the construction of the currus were, 1. The rim. 2. The axle. 3. The wheels, which revolved upon the axle and were prevented from coming off by the insertion of pins into the extremities of the axles. The parts of the wheel were: a. The nave. b. The spokes. c. The felly. d. The tire. 4. The pole." — Smith, 1873. This picture shows a Quadrigae.

Currus

"A chariot, a car. These terms appear to have denoted those two wheeled vehicles for the carriage of…

Section view of De Dion French automobile.

De Dion

Section view of De Dion French automobile.

People driving in a car arrive at their destination and read the sign.

Driving a Car

People driving in a car arrive at their destination and read the sign.

Electric cab.

Electric cab

Electric cab.

An illustration of the Electric Victoria Phaeoton built by the Studebaker company.

Electric Victoria Phaeoton

An illustration of the Electric Victoria Phaeoton built by the Studebaker company.

"General arrangement of roping for gearless traction elevator installation." -Bodmer, 1917

Gearless Traction Elevator

"General arrangement of roping for gearless traction elevator installation." -Bodmer, 1917

This fender is made out of metal like fencing used to protect the rail cart from larger road debris.

Pick UP Car Fender

This fender is made out of metal like fencing used to protect the rail cart from larger road debris.

An early fire engine.

Fire Engine

An early fire engine.

A six cylinder fire engine with Gwynne centrifugal pump by Dennis Brothers Ltd. The engine have a retractable ladder, a bell in the front passenger, and hoses to connect to the pump. The pump is constructed with a turning circular disc inside to force the water flow out of the source.

Dennis Six Cylinder Fire Engine with Centrifugal Pump

A six cylinder fire engine with Gwynne centrifugal pump by Dennis Brothers Ltd. The engine have a retractable…

A Halley six cylinder fire engine with centrifugal pump. The fire engine pumps water from the tank in the back to put fire out with the junction hose (located on the side of the vehicle).

Six Cylinder Halley Fire Engine with centrifugal pump

A Halley six cylinder fire engine with centrifugal pump. The fire engine pumps water from the tank in…

A device on an automobile for making a warning noise.

Automobile Horn

A device on an automobile for making a warning noise.

An illustration of a six cylinder Rolls Royce Pullman limousine. The limousine operated at 40 to 50 horsepower with an open driver's compartment. The closed back compartment separated the passengers and the chauffeur.

Six Cylinder Rolls Royce Pullman Limousine

An illustration of a six cylinder Rolls Royce Pullman limousine. The limousine operated at 40 to 50…

A machine which spreads manure, Any natural or artificial substance for fertilizing the soil.

Spreader of Manure

A machine which spreads manure, Any natural or artificial substance for fertilizing the soil.

A street in Cristóbal, Colón in Panama. Cristóbal is a port in the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal.

Colón, Cristóbal in Panama

A street in Cristóbal, Colón in Panama. Cristóbal is a port in the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal.

A mechanical plan of 1802 Trevithick's Steam Carriage. The piston, operated by steam, is connected to the shaft, turning two gears on both sides. These gears turns the the larger wheels.

Plan of 1802 Trevithick Steam Carriage

A mechanical plan of 1802 Trevithick's Steam Carriage. The piston, operated by steam, is connected to…

Early type of automobile reflector.

Reflector

Early type of automobile reflector.

A couple driving under the moonlight in an old-style roadster.

Roadster

A couple driving under the moonlight in an old-style roadster.

A steam runabout, a light American automobile.

Runabout

A steam runabout, a light American automobile.

An automobile starter is an electric motor which uses electrical energy to produce mechanical energy, very typically through the interaction of magnetic frields.

Automobile Starter

An automobile starter is an electric motor which uses electrical energy to produce mechanical energy,…

Storefronts lining a town street.

Storefronts

Storefronts lining a town street.

An illustration of a horse-drawn street car. The first passenger services in the world were started by the Oystermouth Railway in Wales, using specially designed carriages on an existing tram line built for horse-drawn freight dandies. Fare-paying passengers were carried on a line between Oystermouth, Mumbles and Swansea docks from 1807. Other forms of public transit developed out of the early omnibus that first ran on public streets in the 1820s. These were local versions of the stagecoach lines, and picked up and dropped off passengers on a regular route, without the need to be pre-hired. Horsecars on tram lines were an improvement over the omnibus as the low rolling resistance of metal wheels on iron or steel rails, (usually grooved from 1852 on), allowed the animals to haul a greater load for a given effort than the omnibus. The horse-drawn streetcar combined the low cost, flexibility, and safety of animal power with the efficiency, smoothness, and all-weather capability of a rail right-of-way.

Street Car

An illustration of a horse-drawn street car. The first passenger services in the world were started…

A typical gasoline touring car.

Touring Car

A typical gasoline touring car.

A Marshall's agricultural hydraulic gear tractor. The fuel tank is located on the bottom back of the tractor, while the water tank is under the driver's seat. The back wheel is turned by the engine.

Marshall's Agricultural Hydraulic Gear Tractor

A Marshall's agricultural hydraulic gear tractor. The fuel tank is located on the bottom back of the…

"In this machine a petrol or paraffin engine drives a water—ballast roller through the medium of a clutch, a simple form of change—speed gear—box, and a single roller chain. The leading roller, by which steering is effected, is also filled with water, in order to obtain the dead weight necessary for rolling." —Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1910

Thornycroft Military Oil Tractor

"In this machine a petrol or paraffin engine drives a water—ballast roller through the medium…

A low carriage for carrying heavy articles.

Truck

A low carriage for carrying heavy articles.

A side internal and chassis view of the Halley's Van or Lorry. The vehicle have a 20 horsepower engine with gear box at the rear. The speed is adjusted by a lever, adjusting gears at the center. The outside gears are connected to the wheel by a drive chain.

Halley's Van or Lorry with Internal Combustion Vehicle Side and Chassis View

A side internal and chassis view of the Halley's Van or Lorry. The vehicle have a 20 horsepower engine…

A motor vehicle is a wheeled vehicle whose propulsion is provided by an engine or motor. The internal combustion engine is the most common motor choice, although electric motors or other types are sometimes used. Motor vehicles or road vehicles typically run on public roads. The rules of the road are laws or practices which all road users must obey; many relate specifically to motor vehicles or subtypes of them.

Motored Vehicle

A motor vehicle is a wheeled vehicle whose propulsion is provided by an engine or motor. The internal…

A road vehicle like this one is a mechanical means of conveyance, a carriage or transport. Vehicles may be propelled or pulled by engines or animals including humans, for instance, a chariot, a stagecoach, a mule-drawn barge, an ox-cart or rickshaw. However, animals on their own, though used as a means of transport, are not called vehicles, but rather beasts of burden or draft animals. This distinction includes humans carrying another human, for example a child or a disabled person.

Road Vehicle

A road vehicle like this one is a mechanical means of conveyance, a carriage or transport. Vehicles…

A tracked vehicle is a vehicle that runs on continuous tracks instead of wheels. The principal design advantages of tracked over wheeled vehicles are that they are in contact with a larger surface area than would generally be the case with a wheeled vehicle, and as a result exert a much lower force per unit area on the ground being traversed than a conventional wheeled vehicle of the same weight.

Traction Vehicle

A tracked vehicle is a vehicle that runs on continuous tracks instead of wheels. The principal design…

This is an early stage dumpster. The main difficulty was that the waste collectors needed to lift the waste to shoulder height.

Dumping Wagon

This is an early stage dumpster. The main difficulty was that the waste collectors needed to lift the…