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Charles Duryea
The History of Invention of the Automobile, As Related by Charles Duryea, Inventor of the First American Gasoline-powered Car In three historically important and lengthy letters, he claims that Americans developed the key concepts and invented the key components of the automobile, and gives names, dates, and other specifics
1820. Feb-27. Charles Duryea Ever since James Watt perfected a steam engine in the 18th century, people have considered harnessing the power of an engine to move a carriage. With the coming of the railroad in the 1820s, even more realized the potential of engine power used for transportation. From about 1820-1840, numerous components of what would ultimately become the gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine were invented. For example, William Barnett invented a method for igniting a gas/air mixture within a cylinder using a flame transferred into the cylinder via an ignition. In the 1870s interest picked up significantly, and many men on both sides of the Atlantic worked on how to best achieve this result. In 1872, American George Brayton invented the first commercial liquid-fuelled internal combustion engine. In 1885, Gottlieb Daimler took the idea of an internal combustion engine a step further and patented what is generally recognized as a prototype of the modern gas engine.Charles Duryea and his brother Frank were initially bicycle makers, but later became world-renowned as the inventors of the first American gasoline-powered car. Generally speaking, Charles engineered the automobiles, while Frank built, tested and raced them. On September 21, 1893, the Duryea Brothers first road-tested the vehicle. The Duryea's ""motor wagon"" was a used horse drawn buggy that the brothers had purchased for $70 and into which they had installed a 4 HP, single cylinder gasoline engine. The car (buggy) had a friction transmission, spray carburetor and low tension ignition. Frank Dur … [Click Below for Full Description]
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