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1893 Duryea Vehicle

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1893 Duryea

The picture above shows the 1893 Duryea carriage. The car still exists and resides with the Smithonian Institute.

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Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea's first car. Some argue it was the first gasoline internal combustion vehicle created in America. Critics say this may not be the case, suggestions include Henry Nadig of Allentown PA in 1889, Gottfried Schloemer of Milwalkee WI in 1890, Charles Black of Indianapolis IN in 1891, and John Lambert of Enterpris OH in 1891. Poor record keeping and the lack of publicity make it difficult to prove or disprove these claims. The reliable evidence indicates the 1893 Duryea is earliest American gasoline automobile, still in existance at the Smithsonian Instituion in Washington DC.

Reference Material:
Carriages Without Horses, J. Frank Duryea and the Birth of the American Automobile Industry by Richard P. Scharchburg
website: http://www.carfolio.com/specifications/models/car/?car=1188

 

Vehicle: 1893 Duryea

Measurements

CHASIS

 

Wheelbase

(information not available) inches

Track - front/rear

(information not available) inches

Wheel-Tire Size front/rear

54 inches

ENGINE

 

Number of Cylinders

1

Horse power

4 bhp

Displacement

80 cubic inches

Bore x Stroke

4-3/8 x 5-3/8 inches

Engine Location

rear

OTHER

 

Weight

225 pounds

Total Produced

1 unit

Sale Price

Not Applicable

 

 

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