The 1899 Kensington Stanhope was the first automobile manufactured in Buffalo.
In 1908, an American team in a Buffalo-built Thomas Flyer won the New York to Paris 14,000 mile automobile race.
By 1910, 3,600 people worked in the auto industry in Buffalo, making over a dozen namplate cars, all crafted by hand.
Buffalo''s Pierce-Arrow was known as the American Rolls Royce. Built in a North Buffalo plant, in its heyday the largest auto plant in the world and employing 10,000 workers.
After hitting a pedestrian on Delaware Avenue in the rain, John Oishei invented the windshield wiper in 1917, founding Trico to produce them.
Between 1895 and 1958, more than 30 makes of cars were produced in Buffalo, most early in the century.