In 1478, da Vinci sketched a design for a self-propelled vehicle that would be powered by a spring. Though the design was never built, it is considered by many to be the first example of a car. What vehicles did da Vinci invent? Da Vinci invented a number of vehicles, including an armored car, a flying machine, and a submarine. He also designed a number of other machines, such as a hydraulic pump and a musical instrument. When was da Vinci's car built? The first da Vinci car was built in 1998. Did the self-propelled cart work? The self-propelled cart worked as expected. All of the components functioned properly and the cart was able to move on its own. Was da Vinci's tank ever built? Yes, a replica of Leonardo da Vinci's tank was built in 2002 by a team of engineers and historians. However, it is not known if the original tank designed by da Vinci was ever built. When was the first car made? The first car was made in 1885 by Karl Benz.