The First Self-propelled Vehicles

  • Kenneth Richardson


The worldwide motor industry of our own day is the product of rather less than a century. Manufacturers, backed by every resource of plant and finance, who are at present teaching the know-how of vehicle production to the peasants of Asia, just as they have taught it in the recent past to the industrial workers of the United States and Western Europe, seem to be separated by an unfathomable gulf from those early frustrated visionaries about whose experiments with prime movers we really know very little. Lacking practically everything in the way of technical equipment, they were sometimes apt to make sketches of machinery which ought to have worked rather than of machines which could; but our narrative must nevertheless begin with them.


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© Kenneth Richardson 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Richardson
    • 1
  1. 1.Lanchester PolytechnicCoventryUK

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