Mercedes 240 for sale on Craigslist……and this is the only photo in the ad. Much as I would like a Mercedes 240, with the rare manual transmission, this photo would pretty much prevent me from even inquiring about the car.
The 1897 Bushbury Electric Cart. Notice the steering is performed with reins, similar to steering a horse.
Butler Petrol Cycle, the first “Autocar” produced in England c.1889.
“..the authorities do not countenance its use on the roads, and I have abandoned in consequence any further development of it. -Eward Butler
At the time the maximum speed was 2 mph in the city and 4 mph in the country side. In addition each vehicle had to be attended by 3 people of which one had to walk in front of the vehicle waving a red flag (The 1865 Red Flag Act) to warn other road users and help control horses.
Leon Bollee, “Voiturette” cyclecar, 1896.
Heilmann front end for the carriage of the Grand Duke Alexis.
This was an electric motor driven front end to replace horses at the front of your preexisting carriage. “Horseless carriage”, anyone?