Edouard Delamare-Deboutteville (1856 – 1901) of France  is claimed to have created the first petrol engine driven automobile in 1884 , even before Benz or Daimler. 

A 1884 patent document(no. 160267) popped up in the early 1980’s which led to the claim that Delamare-Deboutteville along with his assistant Malandin could have built and operated an “automobile” in 1884, even though there is no clear evidence for physical build and operation of the automobile.

The French celebrated 100 years of the Automobile in 1984 based on the above document as well as built reconstructed models out of the drawing.

Whatever be the claim , the Automobile never looked back after their invention in the mid 1880’s