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60 Rare Historical Photos That You Probably Haven't Seen Before

Uncategorized | January 16, 2019

Henry Ford and his first automobile, 1896.

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Notorious racist/automobile inventor, Henry Ford, exhibits his first creation The Quadricycle. In 1896, this was Ford's first attempt at building a gasoline-powered automobile. It utilized commonly found materials in its construction: angle iron for the frame, a leather belt and chain drive for the transmission, and a buggy seat. Sounds like that would have trouble passing safety standards here in 2019. Ford devised the ignition system and sold his Quadricycle for $200. What did he do with the cash made from the vehicle? He used to to manufacture his second automotive creation. I'm surprised we don't see hipsters today riding around in a Quadricycle.

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