Integrity Tire July 2019

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for what he accomplished, during WWII, his name was stripped from textbooks, and all his work was destroyed by Nazi forces due to his Jewish descent. After this tragic event, nearly all of Marcus’ work was credited over to Benz, but many people still remember Marcus as the true inventor of the first gas- powered vehicle. The first automobiles that were created didn’t have doors, turn signals, round steering wheels, or even windshields, and it wasn’t until the late 1800s that they started manufacturing cars. One of the first companies that began the automobile industry was the Duryea Motor Wagon Company. It was founded in the 1890s and was also one of the first to produce and sell gas-powered vehicles. In the years that followed, automobiles greatly improved, especially through the efforts of Henry Ford. With the improvement of the assembly line, Ford mass-produced his Model T, which was far cheaper than most automobiles at the time. The Model T came with a windshield, doors, and round steering wheels. It wasn’t until the late 1930s that the first turn signals were added to the car by Buick, and, from that point on, more and more features

The Fourth of July marks a point in history that shaped the United States into what it is today. While thinking about the freedoms and rights we gained as citizens, I can’t help but think of how far we’ve come as a nation in the years since 1776. As a country, we live by what was fought for so intensely many years ago. cars, trucks, and SUVs give us. The true definition of freedom is a teenager passing their license test and driving alone for the first time. During this time of year, when our country celebrates small liberties like the freedom to drive a car, I find myself thinking about the history of automobiles. Many people believe that the first gas- powered car was invented in the 1800s by Karl Benz, but that’s not entirely true. Between 1864 and 1870, a man named Siegfried Marcus used a liquid-fueled combustion engine on a handcart. Although his creation was far from perfect, Marcus was the first person to succeed in moving a vehicle using gasoline, and the vehicle was dubbed the “Marcus Car.” However, while Marcus was revered throughout his lifetime As someone who works with vehicles every day, I’m also reminded of the freedom our

were added to the automobile. Throughout the 1950s, features such as cruise control, three-point seatbelts, and power steering were added, and in 1973, the first passenger airbag was installed by Oldsmobile in their “Tornado” model. Since it was first created and grew in popularity throughout the states, the automobile gave our citizens freedom that no other mode of transportation could give them. People didn’t have to wait for trains or trollies to get from one destination to another; instead, they could hop into their Model T and drive wherever they wanted. Today, vehicles still represent the freedom to go anywhere, any time. And during the month when this country celebrates American freedom, it’s a great opportunity to appreciate the evolution of the car as a whole.

“During this time of year, when our country celebrates small liberties like the freedom to drive a car, I find myself thinking about the history of automobiles.”

–Jesse Zimmerman

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