1896 Ford Quadricycle

1896 Ford Quadricycle

Image Copyright Ford Motor Corporation

Henry Ford's first automobile, built in the shed behind his home in the summer of 1896.  Half the side of it had to be removed, as the shed door was too small.

1896 Ford Quadricycle

Price New

  Sold to Charles Ainsley for $200

Production Total



Two-cylinder, with leather belt and chain


4 hp

Top Speed

20 mph


The Ford Century: Ford Motor Company and the Innovations that Shaped the World The Ford Model T changed the way America lived--almost everyone could now own a car. And when Henry Ford devised the assembly line method of car building so that more Fords could be produced, American industry was also changed. 2003 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Ford Motor Company, and this large-format visual history of the company is tied to the planned worldwide celebration. Author Banham, a business journalist and book author, writes engaging text that is certainly not overshadowed--but, instead, supported--by the vast illustrations. Of particular delight is the "Special Collectors Section," which profiles 25 "vehicles that have generated excitement and inspired passion," from the 1914 Model T to the 1991 Explorer.  12 x 10 ½, 272 pages, 500 pictures


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