12 Pictures of Earliest Ambulances in History

The history of the ambulance can be traced back in ancient times. The used of ambulances for emergency transport was first recorded in 1487 by the Spanish forces during the siege of Málaga by the Catholic Monarchs against the Emirate of Granada. Civilian ambulances were put into operation in the 1830s. Thanks to the advancement in technology, throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, we now have high-effective modern self-powered life-saving emergency transports.

Below are 12 of the earliest forms of life-saving transport in history.

1914 Ambulance Bellevue Hospital

Ambulance, 1920s

Ambulance operated by the Galt Hospital, c. 1912


Automobile ambulance, c.1935. Pennsylvania Hospital

The Bike Ambulance

Early ambulance of the Burlamatta Hospital

New York Fire Department/Ambulance

First World War ambulance

One of the first ambulance carriages

Vintage ambulance

Horse-drawn ambulance with attendants – Winter, 1898

Model T ambulance in Melbourne 1916