1899 Duryea Trap

Date:
1899
Creator:
Duryea Motor Wagon Company

Cars of this era usually looked like squarish horse-drawn buggies. But Charles Duryea was inspired by the more graceful curves of a victoria carriage. The curling front forks support the single front wheel and flex to absorb jolts. The driver used a control stick to steer, shift gears, and accelerate. The automobile may have looked good, but passengers sat back to back, making conversation difficult.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
THF91401.jpg
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1916 Ford Model T Touring Car: The Tin Lizzie

Date:
c. 1910s
Creator:
Ford Motor Co.

As a teenage farmhand, Samuel Treon, of Red Cross, Northumberland County, drove this Ford Model T on errands and to church. Treon was one of many Americans whose first horseless carriage was the famous Model T, affectionately known as the "Tin Lizzie."Between 1908 and 1927 Henry Ford produced over fifteen million of his practical and affordable Model Ts. Ford's mass-production of the Model T forced many of Pennsylvania's early auto manufacturers who operated small shops out of business.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Gardner-Serpollet Steamer

Date:
1902

Some early cars were powered by steam. This Gardner-Serpollet Steamer, built in France where many early steam vehicles were designed, never achieved the fame of America's Stanley Steamer. This 1902 model has elegant brass and leather work.

Description (physical):

Brass, leather.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Automobile

Date:
1947 (car), 1955 (custom body)
Creator:
Crosley, with custom work by James H. Beard

Runabout with “IKE” and “MAMIE” stenciled on front quarter panels. Mr. Marvin Leonard of Fort Worth, Texas, in June 1955 gave this vehicle to George Allen to present to President and Mrs. Eisenhower. The four-wheel drive Crosley Runabout was used by the Eisenhowers to drive around the farm. Visiting world leaders such as Churchill and De Gaulle toured the farm with the President while in the Crosley. The Crosley was the nation’s first compact car, manufactured in Cincinnati and Marion, Indiana between 1939 and 1952.

Description (physical):

H 1.8, L 3.5, W 1.25 M

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 105
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site