Before my husband and I were married, he had an old beat up car. It was a big, very heavy car and it didn't have any power steering. It had it at one point, but something happened and he never got it fixed.
I didn't know what a big deal it was until I tried to drive it. I couldn't. I literally couldn't turn the steering wheel. I had no idea that power steering was so helpful! I don't know how my husband did it. He must have been very strong. Who ever thought that driving could be a work out?
Were the first cars made without power steering? If so, they must have been either very light, or very hard to drive.