How Fast Did the First Car Go?


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The Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the first vehicle designed to be propelled by an internal combustion engine, had a top speed of about 7 mph. The car was created in 1885 and patented in 1886. Later versions of the automobile reached top speeds of up to 10 mph.

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How Fast Did the First Car Go?
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In 1873, inventor Amedee Bollee created one of the earliest steam-powered vehicles. It was capable of carrying 12 passengers with a top speed of around 25 mph. He subsequently produced three more steam-powered cars, and in 1881, he created a model that could achieve speeds of up to 39 mph while being operated by a single driver.

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