1886 Benz

In 1886 Karl Benz designed and built the first vehicle intended from the ground up to be powered by an internal combustion gasoline engine.

1898 Leon Bollee Tri-Car

Léon Bollée (1870-1913) was the first person in France to build small gasoline powered vehicles, beginning in 1895.

1902 Curved Dash Oldsmobile

Ransom Eli Olds, who gave his name to Oldsmobile, produced the light and dependable Curved Dash model in 1901. It was the first mass-produced motor vehicle in history.

1903 Prescott Runabout

The Prescott Automobile Manufacturing Co. of Passaic, New Jersey produced steam-powered cars from 1901 to 1905 as a sideline to its stove and shoe polish business.

1904 Stanley Runabout

Born and raised in Kingfield, Maine, the Stanley twins, Freelan Oscar and Francis Edgar, were partners in a photographic dry plate business in Newton, Massachusetts.

1904/05 Mercedes Simplex Tourer

One of the most confounding misnomers in the Museum’s collection is also one of the most legendary: Mercedes.

1905 Panhard et Levassor

Panhard and Panhard et Levassor built automobiles from 1891 to 1967. In the early years of auto racing Panhards were dominant.

1906 Autocar Type XII Tourer

The Autocar Company of Ardmore, Pennsylvania built cars from 1901 to 1911 (trucks only after 1911). Autocar produced the first multi-cylinder shaft drive car in America.

1906 Black Motor Buggy

The Black Manufacturing Co. of Chicago produced highwheelers under the name of Chicago Motor Buggy from about 1906 until 1909.