There are two inclinations of every buyer towards purchasing things: One is following the latest and hottest trends with the brand-new top-notch technology and equipment, the other looking for the rarest and most venerable products with the quality that has been tested throughout the times.
Though the emerging of new brands with advanced tech like Tesla brings more flavors to the auto industry, it’s undeniable that old cars are good feeds for the eyes. Today, let Naijauto.com introduce 9 oldest auto brands that make iconic models in the past and your question about what is the oldest car company in the world is nowhere far.
*A small note is that this list is made up of information on the establishment dates of the brands, which means those brands are not necessarily auto brands at the time of their births but later expanded or started car production.
1. Peugeot - The oldest car company in the world - 1810
It’s a tremendous transformation of the company’s strategies. First being a coffee mill in 1810, Peugeot ended up producing cars in 1882.
Its first car made in 1882 was built thanks to a partnership with Leon Serpollet. It was not that successful as expected so they refused to launch the car to the markets.
In 1890, they were satisfied with the car which ran on a Panhard-Daimler engine to first time ever set their car on sale.
First being a coffee mill in 1810, Peugeot ended up producing cars in 1882
2. Tatra - 1850
Though in the shadow of the bigger car manufacturer in the Czech Republic, Skoda Auto, it’s Tatra that is the oldest car manufacturer in the country when Ignac Sustala founded it in 1850. First producing horse-drawn carriages, the company shifted to making railroad cars in 1891 and became one of the oldest car manufacturers.
In 1897, Tetra used a Benz to develop the company’s first car called Präsident.
In 1999, the company ceased the car-manufacturing permanently to focus on producing trucks.
In 1897, Tetra used a Benz to develop the company’s first car called Präsident
3. Opel Automobile GmbH - 1862
The venerable car brand derived from a sewing machine manufacturer founded in 1862. In 1886, the company built its first bicycle and 13 years later joined hands in the car manufacturing world.
In 1913, it became the largest car manufacturer in Germany while 1930 marked its milestone as the biggest automaker in Europe.
Opel owns other car brands including Holden, Buick, and Vauxhall which are all ones of the oldest car companies.
The venerable car brand derived from a sewing machine manufacturer founded in 1862
4. Mercedes-Benz - 1883
Mercedes-Benz, in fact, had its birth in 1926 when the Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach found interest in small race cars. The company, established in 1883, previously produced petrol engines only and was famous for its first gas-powered automobile in 1886.
Mercedes-Benz, in fact, had its birth in 1926 when the Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach found interest in small race cars
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5. Skoda Auto - 1895
The Czech brand was established in 1895 named Laurin & Klement with its primary purpose of producing cars, motorcycles, and cars, becoming the one of the first car brands in Czech as well as worldwide.
Since its early days, the car manufacturers had earned the love of car lovers in all of Austria-Hungary.
In 1925, the company was owned by Skoda Works, then soon renamed Skoda Auto.
Since its early days, the car manufacturers had earned the love of car lovers in all of Austria-Hungary
6. Land Rover - 1896
Many of you might be wondering what's the oldest automobile company in the UK and here goes the answer: Land Rover!
The company was established in 1896 in England as the company name Lancashire Steam Motor Company. It’s been a long journey until the company got its final name Land Rover as present. It was in 1978 that the company changed its name to the name familar to us today: Land Rover.
The company was established in 1896 in England as the company name Lancashire Steam Motor Company
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7. Renault - 1899
Founded by Renault brothers, Louis, Marcel, and Fernand in France, a thriving business was done with Louis responsible for designing and building sessions while Marcel helped in managing the business matters. Only second to Peugeot, the first car brand in the world, Renault is the pride of French people.
The company did not specialize its business in car manufacturing at first but engineering in general. Not until 1903 did it shift to solely building automotive vehicles.
During the wartime, the company also produced ammunition and aircraft engine to provide for the war.
Not until 1903 did it shift to solely building automotive vehicles
8. Fiat - 1899
Giovanni Agnelli made it alive in 1899 and not long after that, it released its first Fiat car the same year.
Car lovers are more familiar with Fiat but in fact, it’s just an abbreviation of Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino.
Chrysler Automobiles came into the possession of Fiat in 2014, which resulted in a change in the name of the car manufacturer to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Giovanni Agnelli made it alive in 1899 and not long after that it released its first Fiat car in the same year
9. Cadillac - 1901
It was founded by Henry Ford in the United States, making it the oldest American car company. Yes, you heard it right, Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motors. But because of some disapprovals about the Henry Ford Company name, Henry Ford left the company, and a year later Lemuel Bowen and Henry M. Leland made a unanimous decision to change its name to Cadillac.
It was founded by Henry Ford in the United States. Surprised?
|N/O||Car brand||Year of establishment|
|3||Opel Automobile GmbH||1862|
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