Duryea Automobile

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Duryea Automobile, 1893-1894. Built by the Duryea brothers, Charles E. and J. Frank in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was operated on the streets there in 1893 with a friction drive and in 1894 with the present transmission. This is considered by many as the first American automobile.


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Also featured in True, THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Smithsonian Scientific Series I, 1929, plate 18. Another image can be found in Widder, Robert B., A PICTORAL TREASURY OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, 1966, p.

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