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  • The control handle operates the gear selector, throttle and steering. 
  • It could be easily operated from either the left or right seat because of the central location of the control handle.
  • Duryea brothers are widely credited with producing the first successful American-built gasoline engine. 
  • Duryea is recognized as the first automobile manufacturer, as 13 identical cars were built in 1896.

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Story

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many mechanics in different parts of the world were independently trying to build better automobiles.  It is generally acknowledged, however, that the first successful gasoline automobile built in America was that of two brothers, Charles and Frank Duryea.  The Duryea company was also recognized as the first automobile manufacturer when they built 13 identical cars in 1896.

“One Hand Does It All” was the Duryea claim for the steering mechanism of their three-wheeled invention.  Twisting the control handle activated the gear selector and throttle.  Moving the handle left or right controlled the steering.  A customer could easily operate the machine from either the left or right seat because of the central location of the control handle.

Advertised top speed of the 1903 Duryea was 30 mph and one could expect 23 miles to the gallon of gasoline.  Duryea automobile production continued until 1913.

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