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:
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Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.