Today we call them "cars", and as they were called before

What we today call the "car" or "cars", there are already more than a century. We use these names, and do not know the others, but it could have been much worse. Colleagues from Jalopnik followed the history of all producers who have started to work on the car. Anyone who has used a four-wheel drive and the motor to move, and gave its name to the invention.

Today we call them

In 1897, in the pages of New York Times headline appeared: "The new manual carriage with a terrible name the car is here to stay." As it turned out, the name of the "car" was not so awful.

In 1792, Oliver Evans has applied for registration of a patent on the prototype vehicle. He called his Oruktor Amphibolos. It is good that with this title it never appeared.

In 1879, Jorde Selden also patented an invention that was never done. He called it a "road car", which is not as scary as Oruktor Amphibolos. Thanks to its patent, he could receive payments from American car companies. In 1904, Henry Ford called George Selden in court. The court decided that for Selden deductions to make his "road car", and make it it could not.

Today we call them

In 1895, the brothers Charles and Frank durian patented a "motorized trolley" and Henry Ford in 1896 patented a "quad". Unlike the older patents, these have become something more than sketches on paper, but names, which the inventors have given machines are not accustomed. Newspapers were forced to exercise in wit and creativity in order to call the car somehow. They managed to come up with:

  • Avtobayn
  • Avtokinetik
  • Avtomezon
  • Horse Automobile Engine
  • Baggiaut
  • Diamot
  • horseless carriage
  • Mokolo
  • Motor Coach
  • Motorig
  • Motorcycle
  • Oleo-locomotive
  • Trakl

The word "car" was just one of a large list. It is difficult to say why it stopped it, but the title of the New York Times played a huge role. It is believed that the author of the words may be called by the Italian artist and inventor named Martin, who as early as the 1300s drew a cart with four wheels and a man. It was he who combined the Greek word auto (self) and the Latin word mobils (movement).

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