May 6, 1889 – First car in Paris

On this day in 1889 Gottlieb Daimler debuted the first car to be shown in Paris, France, at the opening of the Paris World Exhibition. This event is well known for the debut of a much larger attraction, the opening of the Eiffel Tower. Gottlieb did not want to be outshined so he lined his booth with 30 lightbulbs in order to attract people to his stand as electric lighting was still new to the world, as was the automobile. The vehicle was known as the wire wheel car and featured several engineering feats, including a twin cylinder V-engine, reminiscent of engines used in modern vehicles. attached to a four speed transmission and a groundbreaking cooling system.

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