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In 1899, Gilbert S. Waters, a buggy manufacturer in New Bern, built one of the first gasoline cars in the country. His 1903 car still runs at about 30 MPH and gets 30 miles to the gallon. He couldn't create enough interest to obtain financial backing for his automobile ideas; otherwise North Carolina might have become a great auto manufacturing state.