R.E.Olds builds his first horseless
carriage. It is a three wheeled
steam powered vehicle.
(At this time, steam and electric
powered carriages were more
common than combustion based
engines, which were more
complex and harder to control.).
Olds becomes the first American
He ships this four wheeled steam
powered vehicle to a purchaser in
Bombay, India. This is the 2nd car
built by Ransom Olds (seen at the
steering lever). The vehicle is
never delivered however, becuase
the ship sinks en route.
R.E.Olds receives a patent for a
'vapor' (gasoline) engine.
Olds publicly offers for sale his
first gas powered vehicle.
Olds motor vehicle company is
formed August 21, 1897.