Never have the advancements that we have made in technology been so personal and glaring than when comparing that which is such a huge part of all of our lives, to what had been, to what is…
And that being?
Today, in celebration from the first car (a Winton) that was sold in America on this day back in 1898, here is a look at what was:
Robert Allison bought it on March 24, 1898. Allison lived in Port Carbon, Pa. Artifact (And he bout it for the hefty price of a $1000, considered a lot at the time). This gasoline-powered automobile contains a one-cylinder, water-cooled, horizontal engine. The transmission is connected by a chain to a small shaft that is geared directly to a differential unit on the rear axle. The car has two forward speeds and one reverse, controlled by two levers to the driver’s right and by a small knob. The automobile was steered by a tiller.
And here is a look at what is:
SSC Ultimate Aero $654,400. It is the fastest street legal car in the world with a top speed of 257 mph+ and reaching 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. It is estimated that only 25 of this exact model will ever be produced.
Really a show, huh, in how far we’ve come?
And oh how I would love to take that SSC Ultimate Aero for a spin just ONE time.