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After Hours

Rail, auto, and aviation innovations at The Henry Ford history museum

Tech of the past: Model A Runabout

After a few failed attempts at creating a salable automobile, Ford finally hit it right with the Model A. This runabout version sold for $850 (1 year, 9 months average salary) in 1903. Interestingly enough, the engine, transmission, and chassis was built by the Dodge machine shop (yes, the same Dodge that makes cars today). At the time, however, Dodge was not making automobiles -- they didn't venture down that road until 1914. This Model A has 8 horsepower.

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