For more than 150 years, the car has been a hotbed of technology, with everything from power and lights to methods of production and effeciency the focus of engineers and innovators.
As idea of the car as a personal mode of mechanized transportation was coming to fruition in the late 1800s, the steam engine was initially the engine of choice to power cars.
Having already been put to work on other machines, steam engines initially had the advantage over gasoline engines in that they were already in wide use and understood by mechanics and engineers.
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September 3, 2013 6:05 PM PDT
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| Caption by: James Martin
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