America’s Car Culture

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The first gas powered cars appeared in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were literally motorized carriages. Carriages like the 1890 Studebaker below were the predecessors of cars. The Brockway looks a lot like the carriage, but it has a motor.

Ford produced its first car in 1903. The Model A Runabout shown below listed for $750.

Ford's first car 1903 Ford Model A Runabout

Much of the growth of car ownership in the early part of the 20th century is attributed to Henry Ford and the Model T. Ford’s signature car was the first to be mass produced and the first to go to market at a rate that was affordable to a larger class of Americans.

1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Ford Model T Coupe

The growth of cars created a whole new segment of the transportation industry. Whether it was taxis, limos or car services, automobiles provided a new and more…

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