4 June 1896

Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run.
Here are some key points about it:

Inception and Development: Henry Ford built the Quadricycle in 1896 in a small workshop behind his home in Detroit, Michigan. It marked his first attempt at building a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Design and Construction: The Quadricycle was a simple, lightweight vehicle. It had a four-horsepower, two-cylinder engine with a two-speed transmission but no reverse gear. The vehicle was essentially a frame with four bicycle wheels, a leather belt for the drive, and a tiller for steering.

Features: The Quadricycle had a very basic design with no bodywork or roof. It had a top speed of about 20 miles per hour (32 kilometers per hour) and was designed to be as simple and straightforward as possible.

First Drive: Henry Ford tested the Quadricycle on June 4, 1896. The test drive was a success, and the vehicle proved that a gasoline-powered automobile could be practical and functional.

Significance: The success of the Quadricycle inspired Ford to continue developing automobiles. This eventually led to the founding of the Ford Motor Company in 1903 and the production of the famous Model T in 1908, which revolutionized the automotive industry.

Legacy: The original Quadricycle is preserved and displayed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. It represents the beginning of Ford’s journey in automobile manufacturing and the early days of the automotive industry.