The global automobile industry is based on some of the obsolete models of the early 1900s. Vehicles that have, for many, laid the foundations of the automobile. But what were they and what technology first came out to the public at the time of their release? Nothing would be precisely the same if some of the “station” cars in the early years of automation around the globe did not mold the future of industries. No one can imagine history going the opposite way since we are talking about the time when cars were still in a very transitional stage of creation and evolution.
The founding of the Ford Motor Company came in 1903 and the commercial launch of the epic Model T in 1908. Its official mass production is changing the global car industry. Demand and orders were high, and Henry Ford was eagerly looking to increase production, while also reducing costs.
In 1913, the “moving” production line took just one and a half hours to build a Model T, from 12.5 hours the factory needed until then. In 1905, Herbert Austin founded a company that made mainly mid-size cars for the time. He thought that large size was not convenient either for the customers or for its production. He believed that the solution to transportation would be small vehicles that you could buy at a low cost, so he began developing a small but decent short model.
The Austin Seven’s success was huge as it cost as much as a motorcycle of the time, achieving its low-cost goal, and was loved by the public. The Austin Seven was fitted with a 750 cc water-cooled engine, a closed passenger compartment and brakes on all wheels. The French industry was the first company to introduce in 1934 the first mass-produced steel self-propelled chassis.
The advent of the Citroen Traction Avant was revolutionary as it much changed the industrial production of cars. The Avant had front-wheel drive, hydraulic brakes, torque suspension and valve head and removable sleeves, which gave the model unbelievable success. The needs of World War II brought the creation of the first Jeep. America needed a light vehicle during the war. You will also see it in one of the many films shot in World War II. The Willys MB was equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, wheels at the corners of the body for precise handling, movement on both axles and great hinge freedom. The model was officially released after the war (CJ-1A).
World War B also harmed the global automotive industry, leaving many projects on the ice. The DS of 1955 brought the innovation of the disc brakes in the automobile. A car that thrilled with its breathtakingly innovative design and the systems it was equipped. The epic Frenchman has always had a steady distance from the ground, thanks to a high-pressure hydraulic circuit that simultaneously aided the steering wheel and the brakes.
Extremely spacious and luxurious for its time, it managed to stay in history. The Fiat Nuova 500 was the Smart of that era, which led to enlarge the Italian FIAT name and virtually magnify it. The reasons are evident since the practicality and ease of parking was unique, at a time when cars were oversized. So the stylish little one managed to take Fiat’s sales high and stay in the story.
MINI may have surpassed any expectation of a public outcry. Its stunning design, the 585 kg self-propelled bodywork, the mechanical layout, suspension technology, and performance engines have made the world adore it. Under the name Austin 850 and Morris 850, a name they earned from the engine they used. Then came the founding of the industry and was “baptized” usually. Alfasud was the first integrated technology package in the global automotive industry. It fitted with a 1,200rpm boxer engine, front-drive, front and rear disc brakes, and a real masterpiece.