Car History 4U

History of the Steering Wheel in Motor Cars / Automobiles

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6.12 Steering Wheel

    • The first cars were steered with a tiller.

    • The first car fitted with a steering wheel was a French Panhard & Levassor model in 1898.

    • The first American car to be fitted with a steering wheel was the second car built by Packard in 1899.

    • Left hand steering wheels were first fitted to American cars in about 1908.

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