The History of the Automobile


The automobile all start when the people had wanted to travel in something that could go faster than the horse. Henry Ford started with the model A car. He worked for years perfecting. The car when it was finished was a car that had no heat, no windshield or power. The engine had about 10-15 horse power and barley had the power to climb over the stones. These cars were built out of wood and didn't last as the people left them out side. All of the steering had to be worked with a tiller and not the steering wheel. All of the shifting was done using the pedals at different heights.
As the new style of traffic travel had become more popular the Model A was replaced with the model T. Beauty was added as the style and the gold rush came in. Brass was used on the radiator that was exposed and on all of the levers and the lights. Other car companies soon appeared but none had the selling aspect that the Model T had. The model T had more popularity than the Ford Mustang. All of the structure was changed to make the car stronger to make the car last and not the person. Metal was used around a wooden oak frame. The metal gave a straighter looking piece and all of the metal had to be hand formed. The only color that you could get at the time was black. Ford originally offered three colors for the T. These colors were to define the body styles: Red on the Touring bodies which was a car that had a removable top and four doors, The gray on the Runabouts which was a car that had no top, and the green on the town cars and Landaulets or the roadster convertibles. This was canceled as the cost of the color was too high and the profit was not that high. As the model T's increased in popularity the steering wheel was added. Color was added in 1926. By 1927 almost 16 million model T's had sold.
As the years progressed the Model A was produced along with the Chevy. These were the cars that the Americans bought during 1928-1931. This was a car that still used the four cylinder engine from the model T that produced 50 horse power. The bodies were much more eye pleasing as the size increase and the designs got further and further away from one another. Horse hair and leather seats were produced and you could get a full enclosed car with a heater and windows. The heater was used off of the exhaust.
Cadillac had to be the best. The cars had moved to have V-16 engines and a larger body. The leather was only the best that they could get. Colors ranged to any combination that you could imagine. The bodies could be custom ordered. The price of the Cadillac was the only thing that limited the production. The model A that had the price tag of a small $600.00 was cheap compared to the $3000.00 price tag of the Cadillac. The depression of the thirties had its toll on the automobile.
Over the next ten years the automobile had a more of an aerodynamic features as the cars continued to get larger rounder. The chrome continued to increase in popularity. Then the war came. The automotive business came to a stand still. The war took over all of the metal supplies stopping the sheet metal for the automobile. After the war the automobiles were sold on the pre- war body styles for about 5 years. Eventually the people wanted a new body style and this is when the cars got away from the bubble fenders and the pointed hoods. The fenders were incorporated in the bodies and the hoods became rounded. Only a few of the automobiles held the looks of the pre- war period. One of these was the Willy. Because of the refusal to change the Willy car company was bought out.
As 1955 rolled around the chevy was the first affordable car to come in with the V-8. Until now the companies had the straight eight which was replaced with the in-line six cylinder car. The