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These days, we take supercars for granted. Somehow getting from 0-60 in under four seconds, hitting 200 mph, and handling like a Le Mans prototype seems commonplace. But what cars amazed the crowds in the early days of the automobile. What was history's first supercar?


The Darracq V8 Special. Alexandre Darracq started building electric cars in a Paris suburb in the late 19th century, but switched to internal combustion power in 1900. In 1904, the company started racing, and in 1905, driver Victor Hémery hit 109.65 mph his V8-powered Darracq Special. A year later, he hit the unthinkable speed of 122.45 mph. Ludicrous speed for the time, and confirmation of the OG supercar. (Photo:

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