Once upon a time, the combustion engine was a threat to everyday life as man knew it. Somewhere, a resentful stagecoach driver shook his fist at the prospect of him and his horses losing their jobs to this newfangled “horseless carriage.” In hindsight, of course, resistance would have been ridiculous. The automobile revolutionized humanity as we know it. A cross-country journey would no longer take months, goods could be transported at a furious rate, and entire industries were born. And though Karl Benz (he of Mercedes-Benz) was the first to begin commercial production of motor vehicles, it wasn’t until Henry Ford came along that mass production via the assembly line was merged with the production of cars, setting off a new world order far more devoid of buggies and whips.
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