1896 Ford Quadricycle
Original pictures by Douglas Wilkinson of Henry Ford's 1896 Quadricycle at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
1896 Henry Ford Quadricycle History
This is Henry Ford's first automobile. Not a copy. Not a reproduction. The real thing. This is the vehicle that the young Mr. Ford drove on the streets of Detroit.
After completion of the vehicle in his home shop, Ford had to remove a door frame and some surrounding bricks to allow the quadricycle to be removed to the outside.
While built as a prototype, Ford eventually sold the cycle car to a friend for $200.
The Quadricycle is powered by a 2-cylinder, 59 cubic inch displacement, 4 horsepower engine. The complete vehicle weighs about 500 pounds.
The 1896 Quadricycle was photographed by Douglas Wilkinson at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan in June, 2005.