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

Tech of the past: Duryea Trap & Stevens-Duryea Model U

Ford wasn't the only automaker in the world. Others like Charles Duryea were creating small trap-style vehicles like his 1899 model in the foreground. This vehicle cost $1,200 (2 years, 10 months average salary) and had 6 horsepower. Unlike later vehicles, this trap had back-to-back seating, which was common in horse-drawn carriages of the time.

By 1908, Duryea had merged with J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company to create this Model U limousine. As it cost $4,500 (8 years, 9months average salary), the average person could not afford it, but it was popular amond the wealthy.

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