1899 Peugeot 3CV Two-Seater Peugeot is one of, if not the, oldest operating automobile manufacturers in the world. They go back to 1810, when they produced coffee mills. They started building cars in 1890 & Armand Peugeot left the family company in 1896 to found the auto company known today. Peugeot designated this the Type 26 – decades after it was built (like they went back and gave their early nameless models official names). It was new for 1899 and uses a rear-mounted flat-twin.