1901 Ford "Sweepstakes" Race Car

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1901 Ford "Sweepstakes" Race Car

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Title:  

1901 Ford "Sweepstakes" Race Car
Date:
1901

Collection:

Creator:
Barthel, Oliver E., 1877-1969 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947
Publisher/Studio:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Content Description: 

This is Henry Ford's first race car. Seeking to revive his reputation as an automobile engineer after the failure of his first auto company, Ford built this two-cylinder race car with the help of his friends Oliver Barthel and Ed "Spider" Huff in 1901. In October, at a horse track in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Ford defeated a much better known and more experienced auto manufacturer and driver from Cleveland, Alexander Winton. Winton's car was faster, but developed engine trouble, allowing Ford to win the ten-mile race. Ford's victory helped him finance his second auto company. He left that company after a few months, eventually forming his third company, Ford Motor Company, in 1903. Engine: Ford horizontally opposed 2-cylinder, atmospheric overhead intake valves and side exhaust valves, 539 cu. in., 26 hp.

Physical Description: 

Racing car

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd.,Michigan,Dearborn,48124
Identifier:
00.136.123

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