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1770 FARDIER DE CUGNOT

WORLD’S FIRST SELF-PROPELLED VEHICLE

Production Years: 1770
Country: France
Number Produced: 1

Engineered by Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot

Nicolas -Joseph Cugnot ‘s steam powered Fardier (wheeled cart) was the first self-propelled vehicle in the world, making him the world’s first automotive engineer. He had to design and build the first steam engine in which steam, at a higher pressure than atmospheric pressure, drove a piston in a cylinder. He also invented a rotary valve activated by the piston to let the steam in and out of the machine’s two cylinders. The vehicle was demonstrated in France in 1770, pulling a five ton artillery cannon. The original 1770 Fardier de Cugnot has been in the collection of the The Arts et Métiers Museum in Paris, France since 1800. Our Fardier is a completely functional, faithful reproduction that was created from the ground up by The Tampa Bay Auto Museum and completed in 2010. The engineers from Polypack and Tampa Bay Automobile Museum have given a new lease on life to the Fardier deCugnot. This is the first time that Nicolas Cugnot’s Fardier has run in over 200 years!

Fardier De Cugnot Video