Five centuries after his death Italian scientists have finally managed to interpret the design for a car by Leonardo da Vinci and recreate it.

It is considered to be a precursor to the modern automobile.

The design of a self-propelling cart in Leonardo’s Atlanticus Codex has always perplexed scholars, partly because the documentation was incomplete.

Now experts in Florence have been able to recreate the car envisaged by the Renaissance master – and make it work.

The carriage is on show in Florence until June.

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