This Thing Is Mother Of Horsepower! Look how it twists the chassis and doing wheelies while pulling! Truck pull with old Ford 9000 ”The proper gear but a lot of elbows” . In 1895 Karl Benz designed and built the first truck in history using the internal combustion engine. Later that year some of Benz’s trucks were modified to become the first bus by the Netphener, the first motorbus company in history. A year later, in 1896, another internal combustion engine truck was built by Gottlieb Daimler. Other companies, such as Peugeot, Renault and Bussing, also built their own versions. The first Truck in the United States was built by Autocar in 1899 and was available with optional 5 or 8 horsepower motors .