La Jamais Contente – the First Hot Rod

 

Introduced in 1899, La Jamais Contente (“The Never Satisfied”) was the first vehicle to exceed 100 kilometers per hour, or 62 mph.  Designed by Camille Jenatzy and manufactured by Compagnie Internationale des transports automobiles électriques, it was an electric vehicle with a light alloy body.  The aerodynamics of its unique torpedo shape was compromised by the positioning of the driver and the vehicle’s chassis.  When you consider that electric vehicle are just now making a comeback and the speed limit in most parts of the U.S. is 55 mph, La Jamais Contente was essentially a space vehicle, far ahead of its time.

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