As a sports car enthusiast, I recently dug into the history of these amazing machines and found out that the first sports cars were built in the early 20th century. It was fascinating to discover that European automakers, particularly in the United Kingdom and Italy, were at the forefront of this automotive revolution. Companies like Jaguar, Ferrari, and Alfa Romeo were all instrumental in developing the concept of a lightweight, high-performance vehicle designed for pure driving pleasure. Most of these early sports cars were hand-built and catered to a niche market of affluent enthusiasts. It's incredible to see how far sports cars have come since those early days, but the passion for speed and performance remains a constant in the automotive world.