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The first cars of every major car maker

Autocar Logo By Richard Dredge of Autocar | Slide 1 of 64: But few have survived and here we take a look at how some of those survivors (plus a few that didn't make it) got started. Sometimes things are a lot more convoluted than you think though, with some companies claiming two (or even three) first cars… In chronological order, let's take a look at the first car made by every major carmaker:

Karl Benz built the first car in 1885, and since then many thousands of companies have sprung up trying to make a name for themselves.

But few have survived and here we take a look at how some of those survivors (plus a few that didn't make it) got started. Sometimes things are a lot more convoluted than you think though, with some companies claiming two (or even three) first cars… In chronological order, let's take a look at the first car made by every major carmaker:

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