Faster, cheaper, bigger, more versatile – car designers keep producing cars that push the envelope. Still, throughout the history of the automobile there have been some advances in technology and innovation that have shook the way we look at the automobile and its position in our lives. Below are some amazing cars that have had a powerful impact on the world, changing and shaping the lives of billions.

1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen


For there to be any motor car, we first had to take the leap from horse-drawn carriages to motorized carriages. With the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, Karl Benz gave the world a machine that could hit 10 mph with a tricycle design and engine in the back. There was no roof, steering wheel or pedals, but it ushered in a whole new paradigm and was the origin point of a huge industry.