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first gasoline powered commercial car manufacturers were two brothers,
Duryea (1861-1938) and Frank Duryea. The brothers were bicycle
makers who became interested in gasoline engines and automobiles. On September
20 1893, their first automobile was constructed and successfully tested
on the public streets of Springfield, Massachusetts. Charles Duryea founded
the Duryea Motor Wagon Company in 1896, the first company to manufacture
and sell gasoline powered vehicles. By 1896, the company had sold thirteen
cars of the model Duryea, an expensive limousine, which remained in production
into the 1920s.
America's First Automobile Race
At 8:55 a.m. on November 28, 1895,
six motor cars left Chicago's Jackson Park for a 54 mile race to Evanston,
Illinois and back through the snow. Number 5, piloted by inventor J. Frank
Duryea, won the race in just over 10 hours at an average speed of about
7.3 miles per hour. The winner earned $2,000, the enthusiast who named
the horseless vehicles "motorcycles" won $500, and the Chicago Times-Herald,
sponsor of the race, declared, "Persons who are inclined to decry the development
of the horseless carriage will be forced to recognize it as an admitted
mechanical achievement, highly adapted to some of the most urgent needs
of our civilization."
America's First Recorded Automobile
In March 1896, Charles and Frank
Duryea of Springfield, Mass., offer the first commercial automobile: the
Duryea motor wagon. Two months later, New York City motorist Henry Wells
hits a bicyclist with his new Duryea. The rider suffers a broken leg, Wells
spends a night in jail and the nation's first traffic accident is recorded."
Automotive Hall of Fame
Duryea (1861 - 1938) Inducted 1973
Duryea (1870 - 1967) Inducted 1996
The products of Charles Duryea's
In 1892, Charles and Frank Duryea
begin building their first car in, Springfield, MA.
Charles Duryea and Frank Duryea
were the first Americans to build a successful automobile, and the first
to incorporate an American business for the expressed purpose of building
automobiles for sale to the public.
Articles and images about the Duryea
of the Duryea Brothers
In 1889, Illinois natives Charles
Duryea and Frank Duryea came to the Springfield area. Charles became interested
in developing a horseless buggy, and invited his brother, Frank, a toolmaker
at Chicopee's Ames Manufacturing Company, to join the project in 1892.
A first person narrative of Charles
Duryea written as if it was spoken by the inventor himself
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