FORD QUADRICYCLE 1896.

The Quadricycle was made in Detroit, USA, sometime in June 1896 by the famous Henry Ford who was the chief engineer of Edison Illuminating Company.

The quadricycle was Fords first car; a single seater and drives on tiny four wheels.

The quadricycle was extremely light in weight, only the wheel, engine, axles and steering rods were made of metal; the rest of its structure was wooden which helped in keeping the weight down to 227kg.

There were only two speeds available with its chain driven transmission making it able to do 16 or 32 kph, selected by twin drive belts that could be engaged by a floor mounted clutch. There was no reverse gear and breaks which was one of its many disadvantages.

FORD QUADRICYCLE.

Specification:

Year: 1896

Place of origin: Detroit, Michigan, US

Historical Status: Prototype

Engine: Flat two cylinder, 970cc (59ci)

Maximum Power: 10bhp

Layout: rear-mounted engine driving the rear wheel

Body work: none

Top speed: 16kph (32kph)

Number built: one

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