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7 Car Designs That Changed The Industry

Car have existed for well over a century, and during all those years we have seen thousands of models come out from various makes. Most cars that are produced seem quite similar to what had been made before. There are just a few that can be called innovative.

Here’s a brief overview of the cars we included in the list:

• The first car ever designed.
• The car that initiated the use of assembly lines to mass-produce.
• The first car to have an electric starter.
• The first mass-production car that was fully enclosed.
• The first car with the V8.
• The first concept car.
• The world’s best selling car ever.
• The vehicle that revolutionized military transport during World War II then became very popular to civilians.
• The car whose layout would define front-engine and FWD cars.
• A race car’s layout that has lasted over fifty years.
• A car that was made for America’s youth with its sporty style.
• A super fast car with a bed.
• The rally car that proved the value of having AWD.
• The official family vehicle.
• The first mass-produced hybrid and cleanest car ever.

Curious yet? Here’s our pick of car designs that changed the industry:

 

 

 

1. Benz’s Patent-Motorwagen – 1885

The world’s first car, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen was innovative for the obvious reason: being the first designed self-propelled car. Before this automobile was invented, people travelled on horse and buggy. This two-seater had single cylinder, four-stroke motor fitted in the rear of the car. It had three wire-spoke wheels and a tubular steel frame with wooden inserts. In order to prove the car was truly worth buying, Benz’s wife, Bertha, and their two children went on a 120 mile road trip. When they came back, she explained how she fixed any mechanical issues herself by using her garter and the pin in her hat. Too bad car problems are not still that easy to fix!

Ford Model T

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2. Ford’s Model T – 1908

The Ford Model T revolutionized the industry in three ways: it introduced cars made in an assembly line, made the car affordable to middle-class people, and opened up the worldwide car market. Before using the benefits of an assembly line to produce cars, they were hand-fabricated. The Ford Model T was the first car to be produced in this way and made it more reliable and efficient. Henry Ford didn’t invent the assembly line method himself, but he was the first to incorporate it as the means to make a car, which is still being used to this day (albeit with higher technology machinery). Furthermore, the car became available to middle-class people due to the assembly line’s streamlined processes. Before this, the car was affordable only to the wealthy. Last but not least, Ford made the Model T the first car sold globally by opening factories all over the world. With him doing this, people worldwide would not have to pay for shipment. Thirdly, competitors started producing better cars, whereas Ford was not willing to spend on design and style due to focusing on keeping prices low. This, however, was good in the long run because it expanded the variety of makers around the world. Wouldn’t it be boring if we had only a few makers to choose from when deciding on our next car purchase?

15 Car Designs That Changed The Industry

Cadillac 57 1918 Sieber © Copyright Бернхард Эггер Egger :: eu-moto images classic cars 5001

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3. Cadillac’s Touring Edition – 1912

Henry Ford initially founded Cadillac, but left after a dispute. The company kept going, and in 1912, came out with the Touring Edition. This is the model that established Cadillac as a maker of luxury cars by introducing the electric starter. Before this, people started their cars by cranking the engine by hand. This was a dangerous method as it was common for people to get broken thumbs and injured wrists. The Cadillac Touring Edition also attracted women drivers since one did not have to be strong to start a car. Cadillac took advantage of it by having women in their advertisements.

Essex

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4. Essex’s Closed Coach – 1918

Essex was established by the Hudson Motor Company in 1918, but Essex went back to being Hudson, as a model instead of a maker, in only four years. During the short four years of making cars, Essex came up with smaller and more affordable cars. It also began the trend of the fully-enclosed cars and doing away with the open-top styles. Back then, the open-tops were the norm, but now it’s just the opposite: fully-enclosed vehicles are much more common. Thanks to the Essex, the fully-enclosed became more affordable and convertibles more expensive.

15 Car Designs That Changed The Industry

Essex

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4. Essex’s Closed Coach – 1918

Essex was established by the Hudson Motor Company in 1918, but Essex went back to being Hudson, as a model instead of a maker, in only four years. During the short four years of making cars, Essex came up with smaller and more affordable cars. It also began the trend of the fully-enclosed cars and doing away with the open-top styles. Back then, the open-tops were the norm, but now it’s just the opposite: fully-enclosed vehicles are much more common. Thanks to the Essex, the fully-enclosed became more affordable and convertibles more expensive.

1938 ... Buick "Y Job"

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6. Buick’s Y-job – 1938

Buick came out with the world’s first concept car in 1938: the Y-job. General Motors wanted to engage the public’s curiosity by showcasing new designs and technology, such as power electric windows, pop-up headlights, flush door handles, wraparound bumpers, and styling characteristics that Buick continued to use until the mid-1950’s. It also introduced a vertical waterfall grille design, which Buick still uses today.

Volkswagen Beetle Kafer Garbus

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7. Volkswagen’s Beetle – 1938

German company Volkswagen conceived the Beetle in 1938, as a small, simple, reliable and inexpensive car. After World War II in 1945, it became popular all over. The Beetle was produced until 2003 (for 65 years total), making it the longest-running car model of all time. It also remains the most-manufacturer

15 Car Designs That Changed The Industry

General Patton's 1941 Bantam Jeep (Peep)

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8. Bantam’s Jeep – 1940

The Jeep originated from the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, Pennsylvania. There is an interesting story surrounding the creation of this new designed car. The four-wheel-drive Bantam Jeep unexpectedly changed the car industry in 1940. It was actually created for the purpose of being an innovative vehicle used for the military to help win World War II. Surprisingly, it was not a big manufacturer that came up with this; the Jeep was made from a little bankrupt company in a small factory and it was all made possible by the townspeople coming forth to help get this important job done for the military. This sturdy vehicle that was taken from the deserts, into jungles, and onto beaches was known as the only true American sports vehicle ever made. It could go anywhere and do anything, and today it continues to do so all over the world.

 

 

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