AUTOS / 1900-1909

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1900 GMC Max Grabowsky www.gmc.com
  Mercedes 35 hp Wilhelm Maybach www.mercedes-benz.com
1902 Cadillac Henry M. Leland www.cadillac.com
1903 Ford Model A Ford www.ford.com
  Vauxhall Alexander Wilson www.vauxhall.co.uk
  Buick Buick, Durant & Nash www.buick.com
  Ford Motor Company Henry Ford & 11 investors www.ford.com
1904 REO Motor Car Company Ransom Eli Olds www.oldsmobile.com
Rolls-Royce 10 H.P. Rolls-Royce www.rolls-royce.com
1905 Rolls-Royce Legalimit Rolls-Royce www.rolls-royce.com
1906 Land Rover   www.landrover.com
Lancia Vincenzo Lancia www.lancia.com
Rolls-Royce Motors Henry Royce & C.S. Rolls www.Rolls-Royce.com
Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce www.rolls-royce.com
1907 Daihatsu Motor Co   www.daihatsu.com
  General Motors    
1908 Willy's John North Willy www.jeep.com
1909 Ford Model T Ford www.ford.com
  Suzuki Michio Suzuki www.globalsuzuki.com
  Hudson Motor Car Company J.L. Hudson  



1900 Walter Chrysler took first job in the auto industry.  He was hired by Charles Nash, president of Buick.
  First automobile ad - Saturday Evening Post
  First steering wheel in place of tiller
  First drivers license issued - to Harold J. Birnie in New York City
1901 Oldsmobile includes a speedometer on their cars.
  Frederick Simms invented the first car fender. Similar to the railway engine buffers of the period.
1902 The Mercedes name was finally trademarked in September
1903 Mary Anderson granted first patent on what would become the Windshield Wiper.
1905 First cars sold on installment plan.
  First car reported stolen. (St. Louis)
1907 Ford is first US car with left-hand steering
  General Motors formed with acquisition of Buick, Cadillac, Oakland (Pontiac) and Oldsmobile.
1909 First rural mile of concrete - Wayne County, Michigan

Also at this time in History
1900 The first photocopying machine is invented in France.
1903 A landmark in the history of aviation, the Wright brothers make their first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1903 Sanka is introduced in Germany by a coffee merchant whose shipment was accidentally soaked in sea water. Its name is derived from the French sans caffeine--without caffeine.
1903 Jack London publishes The Call of the Wild.

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