Who Invented Chevrolet?

Who Invented Chevrolet?

The history of Chevrolet (or Chevy) began in 1911. William Durant was removed from GM (General Motors) the year before. He hired Louis Chevrolet to design cars for his new company. The first Chevy they made was sold for $875. Over the years, the car and brand would become one of the most recognized in the country. The Rise of the Chevy The early Chevrolet models proved very popular and sold well. By 1917, Durant and GM entered into an agreement wherein Chevrolet would become part of GM. Under GM, the sales and popularity of the Chevrolet grew rapidly. By the 1920s it was only behind Ford and Dodge in terms of sales and recognition. In 1925 the company introduced the Superior. The Superior went on sale for only $650 and for the first time in the history of Chevrolet, it surpassed Ford in terms of sale. The Cast Iron Wonder in 1929 topped the 1 million sales mark in its first year. The 1930s to 1950s The 1930s saw the company introduce new features to their cars. Among the most important ones were the hydraulic brakes, column shifts and V grilles. In 1939 they came up with their first station wagon. 1940 saw the company release a convertible at reduced prices. From the 1950s to 60s, the Chevy would incorporate more elements to their models. 1950 saw the company produce the Powerglide transmission. It offered auto shifting at lower prices, which helped boost sales. The history of Chevrolet in 1953 is noted for the release of the Chevrolet Corvette. The sports car was the first to use a plastic body and would prove to be a big hit with buyers. A year later small V8 engines were being...
Who Invented the Airplane?

Who Invented the Airplane?...

The history of the airplane shows it was invented by Orville (1871-1948) and Wilbur (1867-1912) Wright. They got the patent 9 months prior to their flight in December 1903. The Early History of Flight There are pictures showing Orville Wright on the plane flying. The craft flew to a height of 10 ft. It traversed a total of 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds in the air. The story of airplanes is connected with man’s dream of flying. Man’s desire to fly goes back to ancient times. The ancient Greeks and Hindu tales feature stories of men flying around on animals or chariots. There are some reports that in 400 BC, the Greek philosopher and mathematician Archytas invented a flying device. The apparatus was powered by steam. According to some reports it flew a distance of 600 feet. This would rewrite the history of the airplane if true, but it has not been fully verified. Other Early Designs The records show that in the 11trh century the monk Eilmer of Malmesbery had experimented with gliders in an attempt to fly. Another one was the poet Abbas. Leonardo Da Vinci left behind aircraft designs on the Codex of the Flight of Birds. The 18th century saw Francoise Pilatre de Rozier soar on a balloon. In 1803, George Cayley (discoverer of the laws of aerodynamics) began experimenting with various gliders. An American scientist named John Montgomery was able to create a controlled glider in 1883. The history of the airplane shows that a lot of other scientists who designed gliders. But it was not until the Wright brothers in 1903 that engine powered aircraft came into being. After the Wright Brothers’ Flight The Wright brothers’ flight in 1903 was the first...
Who Invented the Car?

Who Invented the Car?

There is no straightforward and definite answer to who invented the car. In fact, the history of this modern day invention is quite rich with various inventors and innovators in between who made great strides in its development. The idea of developing or inventing a car dates way back during the renaissance era. Even then the thought of a horseless carriage wasn’t even thought possible by many. Early Origin of the Idea Though we can not say who invented the car we can give credit to the many inventors who put their ideas forward and contributed to the development of this modern invention. The idea of creating a car or automobile dates back to the 15th century. Leonardo da Vinci, other than painting the Mona Lisa, made many designs that were way too early for his day. One of the pioneer ideas of this renaissance icon is the design of a transport vehicle. The Idea Takes Form From this single design comes many types and further designs of our modern day automobile. There are countless types and styles to be found as the years rolled by and innovators came into the scene. Some of the types of cars you’ll find during the different stages of development include those that run on electricity, steam, or gasoline. Giving a definite answer to who invented the car will largely depend on the opinion of the person giving such a credit. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot In the year 1769 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot came in and made a self propelled vehicle for the French army. The vehicle ran on steam and was three-wheeled with a velocity of 2.5 mph. Robert Anderson In the years from 1832 to 1839 we find Robert Anderson of Scotland as having developed...
Who Invented the Hummer?

Who Invented the Hummer?...

The history of the Hummer began with the Humvee. The Humvee was a vehicle developed by AM General Corp. for the US military. It became very popular and General Motors would go on to cerate a model for civilians which came to be known as the Hummer. The vehicles were first sold in 1992. Background of the Hummer The original Humvees were constructed in the early 1980s by AM General Corporation. The earliest models were made in Mishawaka in Indiana. The Humvees were made at the behest of the US military. The earliest Humvee models were strictly for military use and were fitted with military equipment such as radar. The history of the Hummer was changed when the vehicle was made public. The design of the vehicle captured the media’s attention. The Hummer first got public attention when the vehicle was shown over ESPN. People marveled at how easily it was able to navigate the uneven terrain. However it was the Gulf War that really brought the Humvee into mainstream public consciousness. The Hummer Emerges Sensing the strong public demand, AM General decide to produce Humvees for civilian use. They started making the models in 1992 and change the name from Humvee to Hummer. The next important chapter in the history of the Hummer took place in the year 1998. That was when AM General sold the name rights to General Motors. AM General would continue to produce the vehicles but it was GM that handled the marketing. GM was also responsible for selling the products. The Hummer would prove to be such a hit that GM would later produce other models. The original Hummer was renamed H1 while the newer models were called H2 and H3 respectively. The...
Who Invented the Traffic Signal?

Who Invented the Traffic Signal?...

Early Traffic Signals Traffic lights had been in use even before cars were invented. In those days, people used horses, wagons and other means of transport. But the traffic was still horrible. So in 1868 in London, England, traffic enforcers came up with a basic device: A lantern with two lights – red and green. Green stood for “caution” and red for “stop.” A policeman would turn the lights regularly with a lever. Unfortunately this early traffic light proved unsafe. One model exploded a year later and hurt the operator. Automobiles and the Invention of the Modern Traffic Signals Things made a turn for the worse when cars were invented. In the early 20th century, transportation was in transition. Some people were using the new automobiles, others were still riding horses, wagons or bicycles. They all shared the same roads and streets with pedestrians. A lot of accidents took place as a result. A traffic police officer named William L. Potts, from Detroit, Michigan knew something had to be done. He saw as automated railroad signals as a model for street traffic signals. But the difference was railroads went on a straight path; streets were at right angles. So Potts designed a traffic signal device that could service four-way streets. He used three colors red, yellow (or amber) and green. He put the signal together with electric controls and wires. In 1920, he had it installed on the Michigan Avenue – Woodward corner street. These were the first automatic traffic signals. Detroit police went on to add fourteen more of these in twelve months. Patent for the Invention of the Traffic Signal As useful as Police Officer Potts’ invention was, he was not the first nor the last to...
Who Invented the Bicycle?

Who Invented the Bicycle?...

Most historians agree that the man who invented the bicycle was Ernest Michaux. However, before this conclusion came about, there were other people to consider. They contributed greatly to the invention of the bicycle. Ernest Michaux Ernest Michaux actually had a partner in the invention of the bicycle—Pierre Michaux, his father. In the 1860s they built a carriage that looked something like the bicycle people know of today, though yet unperfected. Then in 1861, Ernest finally ended up with the modern bike after doing innovations to it. Installing cranks and pedals, he was given the title—man who invented the bicycle. Running Bikes Before the modern bike came to be, it used to be a running bike. It was what people called “Laufmaschine” or running machine. It was made of wood, had no pedals, and was run by pushing the feet against the ground. Baron Karl Drais Von Sauerbronn, a German, was the man who invented the bicycle Laufmaaschine. He first presented his crude invention to the world in Paris in 1818. This initial invention of the bicycle was earlier heralded by the introduction of the “Celerifere” in 1790. Built by Comte Mede de Sivrac, it was similar to the Laufmaschine but without any means of steering. It just ran straight ahead. Mechanical Crank The addition of the mechanical crank to the bicycle was done in 1839. It was introduced by a blacksmith in Scotland named Kirkpatrick MacMillan. The mechanism that pushed the bicycle—the crank—was placed at the rear wheel. MacMillan was not the man who invented the bicycle but his mechanical crank was a big breakthrough in the invention of the bicycle, the modern type. James Starley Another name popped up in 1870 after the modern bike was invented....
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