1893 - First Gasoline Powered Car in America
Charles and Frank Duryea
James Frank Duryea (October 8, 1869, Washburn, Illinois - February 15, 1967, Saybrook, Connecticut), along with his brother Charles Duryea, invented and built one of the first gasoline fueled automobiles. He later built a one cylinder gasoline engine automobile in the United States.
The first run on public roads was made on September 21, 1893 in Springfield, MA. They had purchased a used horse drawn buggy for $70 and installed a 4 HP, single cylinder gasoline engine. The car (buggy) had a friction transmission, spray carburetor and low tension ignition. It must not have run very well because Frank didn't drive it again until November 10 when it was reported by the Springfield Morning Union newspaper. This car was put into storage in 1894 and stayed there until 1920 when it was rescued by Inglis M. Uppercu and presented to the United States National Museum.
The Duryea Motor Wagon Company, established in 1895, was the first American firm to build gasoline automobiles.
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