Model of the car Fiat S76 300hp, 1911

The quest for ultimate speed has led to some bizarre-looking machines—none more so than Fiat’s elephantine S76. Built in 1911, it tried to wrest the land speed record away from Germany’s “Blitzen Benz.” Keep Reading

Model of the car Vauxhall KN, 1909

Before World War II, Vauxhall, still very much with us today as General Motors’ British subsidiary, was as eager as any maker of sports cars to prove its products on the racetrack. Keep Reading

Model of the car Henry Ford Model T, 1908 (history)

Henry Ford had one ultimate aim for his Ford Motor Company: he wanted to make a rugged car of a standard design that could be built in high numbers at low prices. Out of this policy came the Model T, and a revolution in 20th-century manufacturing. Keep Reading

Model of the car Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, 1907

The new Rolls-Royce 40/50hp chassis was launched at London’s Olympia Motor Show in 1906. It was designed by Henry Royce to meet the demand from Edwardian motorists for a car to carry the epitome of luxurious coachwork. Keep Reading

Model of the car Mercedes 60hp, 1903

Before the new generation of Mercedes was unveiled in 1901, cars had come in a bewildering plethora of configurations— many of them related to the horse-drawn coach. In 1886, Gottlieb Daimler built the world’s first four-wheeled car by adapting such an item. Keep Reading