The steam car invented and operated by Frenchman Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, for pulling military artillery uphill. Weighing about 2.5 tons it moved at a leisurely 2.5 mph speed. Cugnot's various versions of this monster ran between years 1769 - 1771.
It is also rumoured that the first automobile accident was recorded with this car , when the operator could not control the vehicle and rammed in to a stone wall.
Below is video on the reconstruction of a model and its operation and the CRASH