1865 Roper Steam Carriage

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1865 Roper Steam Carriage

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Title:  

1865 Roper Steam Carriage
Date:
1865

Collection:

Creator:
Roper, Sylvester Hayward, 1824-1896
Publisher/Studio:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of George R. Dana & Son.

Content Description: 

This vehicle is the oldest surviving American automobile. In the 1860s, a small steam carriage running under its own power -- without horses! -- was so startling that people paid to see it driven. It was a curiosity, not transportation. By the time its inventor, Sylvester Roper, died in 1896, new innovators were transforming horseless carriages from curiosities into practical vehicles.

Physical Description: 

Automobile

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd.,Michigan,Dearborn,48124
Identifier:
30.966.1

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