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Lenoir Hippomobile
Lenoir gas engine, 1860

The Hippomobile is an automobile invented by Étienne Lenoir in 1863 which carried its own internal combustion engine. It was based on his 1860 invention, the Lenoir gas engine.


In 1863 the Hippomobile, powered by one cylinder internal combustion engine, made a test drive from Paris to Joinville-le-Pont, covering about eleven miles in less than three hours. This was a fair achievement at the time.[1][2]

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