History of Automobiles and Trucks

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Amazing Cars: History of Cars Timeline __ Well illustrated, annotated automobile history timeline.  Use the slider at the bottom to select a year. - illustrated - From discovery.com - http://turbo.discovery.com/amazing-cars/timeline/timeline.html

Antique and Classic Cars: Pictures and Information: 1902 - 1970s __ "...over 1500 antique, and classic and collector car pictures in our Photo Galleries."  Articles and images. - illustrated - From hubcapcafe.com - http://www.hubcapcafe.com/ 

Automobile History __ You will find a very brief history of automobiles by era and some great photos. - illustrated - From nethercuttcollection.org - http://nethercuttcollection.org/Cars.aspx

Automobile history __ Annotated timeline from 1770 to present. - From allisons.org - http://www.allisons.org/ll/4/History/

Automobile History - The History of Cars and Engines __ "A multi-part feature on the history of automobiles starting with the first steam, electrical, and gasoline-engine cars. Learn the controversy behind discovering who was really first in car history and understand the importance of the internal combustion engine." - illustrated - From About.com - http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blcar.htm

Automobile History - Invention of the Automobile __ "The earliest ancestor of the modern automobile is probably the Fardier, a three-wheeled, steam-powered, 2.3-mph vehicle built in 1771 by Nicolas Joseph Cugnot for the French minister of war."  A brief look at auto history with a good list of additional resources. - From ideafinder.com - http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/automobile.htm   

A Brief History of The First 100 Years of the Automobile Industry in the United States __ Just what the title says it is. Numerous click-to-read articles in this online book. - From theautochannel.com - http://www.theautochannel.com/mania/industry.orig/history/ 

Canadian Automotive Museum __ Learn the Canadian story of the automotive industry, its origin, its development and its plans for the future. - illustrated - From City of Oshawa, Ontario - http://www.oshawa.ca/tourism/can_mus.asp

A History of the American Pickup Truck __ A good history of the American pickup truck in several click-to-read segments. - From pickuptrucks.com - http://www.pickuptrucks.com/html/history/history.html  


History of the Automobile __ "Steam-powered self propelled vehicles were devised in the late 18th century. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot successfully demonstrated such a vehicle as early as 1769. Cugnot's invention initially saw little application in his native France, and the center of innovation passed to Great Britain, where Richard Trevithick was running a steam-carriage in 1801." You will find an encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - illustrated - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_automobile

The History of the Automobile - The Impact of the Automobile on the 20th century __ "Starting in the late 1700's, European engineers began tinkering with motor powered vehicles. Steam, combustion, and electrical motors had all been attempted by the mid 1800's." A good overview of the history of autos. - From colorado.edu - http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/systems/agentsheets/New-Vista/automobile/

History of Automobiles - 20th Century Inventions Lesson Plan __ Auto history lesson plan for grades 3 - 5.  Goals, procedure and materials. - From teachervision.fen.com - http://www.teachervision.fen.com/transportation-history/lesson-plan/4819.html

The History of Automobiles Driving through Time __ An interesting look at the history of autos in this blog entry. - From Ray T. Lewis - http://www.thehistoryof.net/the-history-of-automobiles.html

History of cars - timeline __ Annotated timeline of auto history beginning in 1769 when the first self propelled car was built to current.  Use the 'slider' at the top to select your year or era. - illustrated - From yourdiscovery.com - http://www.yourdiscovery.com/cars/timeline/ 


History and Development of Automobiles __ "The first steam-powered vehicle was designed by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot and constructed by M. Brezin in 1769 and could attain speeds of up to 6 km/hour."  A brief and interesting history of automobiles. - From gocurrency.com - http://www.gocurrency.com/articles/history-automobiles.htm

The History of Semi Trucks __ "Big rig semis were not built for comfort but for utility. Early trucks riding on solid rubber wheels with mechanical brake systems could only travel short distances at low speeds,..."  A brief history of semi trucks with links to additional information. - illustrated - From ehow.com - http://www.ehow.com/about_5387749_history-semi-trucks.html

History of the Truck __ You will find a history of the truck, from steam-powered models to luxury SUVs. - From randomhistory.com - http://www.randomhistory.com/2008/07/14_truck.html

HistoryofTrucks.com - History of Trucks __ A fairly detailed look at truck history. Click "more" to expand the articles. - From historyoftrucks.com - http://www.historyoftrucks.com/   

The Kids Pages; History of the Motor Car written for Children __ There are some designs for self propelled vehicles as early as 1335.  A brief overview of automobile history for kids. - From thekidswindow.co.uk - http://www.thekidswindow.co.uk/News/History_Of_Cars.htm  
Links to Early Automobile History __ "These links to information about the early Michigan automobile industry history and Michigan's roads provide further resources for your study. We hope you find them useful and informative." - From State Government of Michigan - http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-29938_30240-53443--,00.html 

Milestones in 125 years of automobile history | Pictures | Media __ Automated slide show of 15 milestone autos. - illustrated - From mediacenter.dw-world.de - http://mediacenter.dw-world.de/english/pictures/#!/62396/Milestones_in_125_years_of_automobile_history

The Museum of Automobile History & The Largest Museum of its Kind in the World __ the museum is in the process of moving to a new location but there is still information on the website. You may want to keep checking back as the move to North Carolina progresses. - illustrated - From themuseumofautomobilehistory.com - http://www.themuseumofautomobilehistory.com/ 

Pictorial Timeline of the Automobile __ Auto history timeline pre 1850. - illustrated - From about.com - http://inventors.about.com/od/astartinventions/ss/Auto_Timeline.htm


The Showroom of Automotive History Featured Automobiles __ "Click on an icon to learn more about that automobile!" - illustrated - from Henry Ford Museum - http://www.hfmgv.org/exhibits/showroom/featured.html 

Society of Automotive Historians __ "The Society of Automotive Historians, founded in 1969, now has over 900 members in 45 of the United States and more than 20 countries. Members come from all walks of life and include authors who write books and articles about automotive history as well as people who simply enjoy reading and researching it." You too can become a member. Articles, galleries and more. - illustrated - From autohistory.org - http://www.autohistory.org/ 

What Was The First Car? Quick History of the Automobile for Young People __ "Several Italians recorded designs for wind driven vehicles. The first was Guido da Vigevano in 1335. It was a windmill type drive to gears and thus to wheels." And from there, the story continues. A good history with images. - illustrated - From Austin Business Computers, Inc. - http://www.ausbcomp.com/~bbott/cars/carhist.htm


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