The first car invented was made by Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler in 1885. The first car to be sold was the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which was patented in Germany to Karl Benz (Number 37435) on January 29th 1886, despite it actually being funded by his wife. It was sold to a French engineer and produced two thirds of a horsepower.
The “Motorwagen”–Invented and patented by Karl Benz in 1886, it’s generally agreed to be the very first automobile with an internal combustion engine. From Wikipedia:
The first Motorwagen used the Benz 954 cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine. This new engine produced 2⁄3 horsepower (0.50 kW) at 250 rpm in the Patent-Motorwagen, although later tests by the University of Mannheim showed it to be capable of .9 hp (0.67 kW) at 400 rpm
.9 horsepower–that’s not even one full horse! Can you even FATHOM that thing powering even a modern small car?
why are female drivers viewed with suspicion when the first car driver ever was this lady called Bertha Benz?
[Side note: Her husband Karl Benz invented the automobile but wasn’t confident enough about it. His wife, who supported him, wanted to show him that his invention is really good. One day she woke up, literally stole her husband’s automobile and drove with her two kids to visit her mother. This woman was a baller because there were of course no gasolines or services on the way back then. Though she drove 106 km (66 miles)! She even invented brake lining.]