100 Years and Rolling — Automotive Centenarians

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Century of Car Production
The first vehicles powered by gasoline engines were produced in the late 19th century. In 1885 Carl Benz built a 2-seat, 3-wheel vehicle powered by a horizontally-mounted 1-cylinder engine that produced 0.75 horsepower. In January 1886 Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine,” and the following July marked the first public appearance of the Benz Patent Motor Car — model no. 1 — generally regarded as the first automobile. After those humble beginnings many automotive companies have come and gone, although about a dozen have been around since the early years of the 20th century. The following automobile manufacturers began producing cars more than 100 years ago and are still selling cars in America today.

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