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On this day: 01-24-1860

New engine runs on fire, not water

French inventor Etienne Lenoir was issued a patent for the first successful internal-combustion engine. Lenoir´s engine was a converted steam engine that burned a mixture of coal gas and air. Its two-stroke action was simple but reliable--many of Lenoir´s engines were still working after 20 years of use. His first engines powered simple machines like pumps and bellows. However, in 1862, Lenoir built his first automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine--a vehicle capable of making a six-mile trip in two to three hours. It wasn´t a practical vehicle, but it was the beginning of the automobile industry.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2012Fiat500 Sport9.60017.300Car & Driver
1976FiatX 1/914.00020.800
1974Fiat12812.30019.500
1974FiatX 1/911.00018.900
1972Fiat128 SL16.30020.000
1972FiatWagon19.10021.500
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1971Fiat124 Coupe12.20018.600
1970Fiat850 Racer17.90021.000
1968FiatPBS 100011.70018.300
1968Fiat850 Spider20.00021.700
1968Fiat850 Idromatic25.50023.300