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The First Products Of The Most Popular Companies

Every big company had to start out somehow. Some brands had solid beginnings and started after changing the compony’s name. But most of them had humble beginnings. They started with some basic equipment, a garage space and an innovative idea. Check out the first products of the most popular companies

1. Apple – Apple I Computer (1976)

It costed $666.66. On May 25, 2013, a functioning 1976 model was sold for a record €516,000 (US$668,000)

2. Intel – 3101 Schottky TTL bipolar 64-bit static random-access memory (1969)

3. Lamborghini – Lamborghini Carioc (1948)

4. Honda – Honda Type-A (1947)

The first product to carry the Honda name was this Honda A-Type auxiliary bicycle engine.

5. Toyota – Toyota HA-1 (1946)

The first Toyota sewing machine model HA-1 manufactured by Aichi Kogyo Co., Ltd.

6. Hewlett-Packard – HP200A (1939)

The HP200A was the first product made by Hewlett-Packard. It was a low-distortion audio oscillator used for testing sound equipment.

7. Canon – Kwanon (1934)

In November 1933 Yoshida Gorō and Uchida Saburō started Seiki Kōgaku Kenkyūjo (精機光学研究所, meaning “Precision Optics Laboratory”), the company we now know as Canon. They set out to produce the first 35mm camera made in Japan.

8. Lego – wooden toys (1932)

LEGO employees with their first products. The Lego Group at first began making wooden toys.

9. BMW – BMW IIIa (1918)

BMW IIIa was an inline six-cylinder SOHC valvetrain, water-cooled aircraft engine, the first-ever product from BMW GmbH. Its success laid the foundation for future BMW success.

10. Harley-Davidson – racer motorcycle (1903)

23-year old William S. Harley and 22-year old Arthur Davidson built their first bike for sale to the public in 1903. The bike looked very much like the one in the photo below, shot at a rally around 1910.

11. Coca-Cola – Syrup (1886)

Coca-Cola history began in 1886 when the curiosity of an Atlanta pharmacist, Dr. John S. Pemberton, led him to create a distinctive tasting soft drink that could be sold at soda fountains. He created a flavored syrup, took it to his neighborhood pharmacy, where it was mixed with carbonated water and deemed “excellent” by those who sampled it. Dr. Pemberton’s partner and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, is credited with naming the beverage “Coca‑Cola” as well as designing the trademarked, distinct script, still used today.

12. Renault – Renault Voiturette 1CV (1898)

The first Voiturette was designed by the maker’s creator Louis Renault (photo below) in 1898. The car mounted a De Dion-Bouton 1 cylinder engine, which allowed it to reach a top speed of 32 km/h (20 mph).

13. Ford – Ford Quadricycle (1896)

Henry Ford’s first vehicle rode on four bicycle wheels and was powered by a four-horsepower engine. Instead of a steering wheel, the Quadricycle had a tiller. The gearbox had only two forward gears with no reverse.

14. Nintendo – Hanafuda cards (1889)

In 1889, Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo Koppai for the purposes of producing and selling hand-crafted Hanafuda cards painted on mulberry tree bark.

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