Dec 02, 2009
First starter for cars was by Clyde J. Coleman 1903: is issued a patent for an electric automobile starter. Coleman originally applied for the patent in 1899.
Coleman sold his patent to the Delco Company, which was taken over by General Motors. Charles Kettering, a Delco engineer who joined GM, did some tinkering with Coleman's design and received his own patent for an improved version. The 1912 model Cadillac became the first car to replace the hand crank with an electric starter motor.http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/11/dayintech_1124