Horseless Carriages of the 1820s

Think cars are a modern invention? Check out this article by Loretta Chase on “horseless carriages” from as early as 1827.

Mr. Gurney's New Steam Carriage 1827-12

“Loretta reports:

While researching something else altogether, I stumbled on this description of an “Improved Steam Carriage” in a magazine published on this date in 1829.

Not being good with matters mechanical, I’m not at all clear on the two-vehicle approach or what makes the 1829 version an improvement over the 1827 model. I post both for you to compare and contrast, as well as links to the descriptions.  If like me you find the prose less than enlightening, you might simply enjoy looking at the pictures of early horseless carriages.”

Read the rest of the article here.