Frank Duryea and his brother Charles test-drove the first “horseless carriage” on this day in 1893, tooling around parts of Springfield, Massachusetts in their new invention. Using the body of a horse-drawn buggy and adding a 4-horsepower single-cylinder engine, a friction transmission, a spray carburetor, and a low-tension ignition, the Duryeas, who initially made their living making bicycles, built was is now considered the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile.

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