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Maker:
Duryea, Charles E.  Search this
Duryea, J. Frank  Search this
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 81 in x 64 in x 97 in; 205.74 cm x 162.56 cm x 246.38 cm
Object Name:
automobile
Associated Place:
United States: Massachusetts
Date made:
1893-1894
Description:
This experimental vehicle is one of the earliest American-made automobiles. On September 21, 1893, Frank Duryea road-tested the vehicle – a second-hand carriage with a gasoline engine – in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1896, Frank, his brother Charles, and financial backers founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company, the first American company that manufactured and sold automobiles. Thirteen production models were made; the only surviving example is in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. This forerunner was donated to the Smithsonian in 1920 and was restored in 1958.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Gift of Inglis M. Uppercu
ID Number:
TR.307199
Accession number:
65715
Catalog number:
307199
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Automobiles
Transportation
Road Transportation
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-4124-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_694756