Duryea Motor Carriage, 1893

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
date made
1893-1894
maker
Duryea, Charles E.
Duryea, J. Frank
Associated Place
United States: Massachusetts
Measurements
overall: 81 in x 64 in x 97 in; 205.74 cm x 162.56 cm x 246.38 cm
ID Number
TR.307199
accession number
65715
catalog number
307199
Credit Line
Gift of Inglis M. Uppercu
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Data Source
National Museum of American History