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Groundbreakers: the cars that did it first

Autocar Logo By Anonymous of Autocar | Slide 1 of 72: Here are the cars that broke the mould, first introducing us to the joys of, among others, the automatic gearbox, air conditioning, turbocharging and yes, windows that go up and down at the touch of a button. Let’s start right at the beginning...

Cars have changed beyond recognition since the first was built more than 130 years ago, through the development of thousands of innovations and new pieces of technology.

Here are the cars that broke the mould, first introducing us to the joys of, among others, the automatic gearbox, air conditioning, turbocharging and, of course, windows that go up and down at the touch of a button. Click through the gallery to check them out. Let’s start at the beginning...
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