Henry Ford, who made it possible for the average person to own a car, realized very early that his Model T would appeal to more than just Americans. In 1911, he opened a factory in Manchester, England, that began making Model Ts. He soon established Ford as one of Europe’s great automakers.
Nicolaus Otto had dreamed about building a gasoline engine since 1860. After years of struggle, in 1876, he became the first person to build a practical high-compression, four-stroke engine with ignition device.
Battista "Pinin" Farina's enthusiasm for American entrepreneurialism -- as demonstrated by Henry Ford and others -- inspired him to start his own company, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina. It became the best known and most successful and influential design house ever.