The automobile was first invented in Germany and France in the late 1800s. Americans soon after began to produce many vehicles and Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler emerged as the ‘Big Three’ auto companies by 1920.
Very few of the early settlers could afford a car. There were not many roads and it was often faster to travel by horses, oxen, and wagons. The early vehicles had an open cab and people were not protected from the wind, rain, dust, or cold.
This photo of a settler in his car was taken in 1917.
This open-cab Ford car would not protect passengers from the weather.