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Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout from 1904 was the first US mass-produced automobile manufactured by the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing, Michigan, a company founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897 which for some time became top US car producer. General Motors purchased the company in 1908.
The car on display in Luray still looks like a carriage. It's powered by a single-cylinder fuel engine of 7 horse power. The top speed of this car was 18.6 mph (30 km/h). It's interesting that the first speedometer to be offered on a car is on an Oldsmobile.
Look also at unusual three-wheeler - Riley Tri-Car - manufactured in Coventry, England in 1905. Riley was a British automobile and bicycle manufacturer from 1890 (later British Leyland, now the trademark is owned by BMW). The three-wheeler was a taxi-like vehicle powered by 2 cylinder, 6 horse power engine. It had to be difficult for a driver to see when he was going with a passanger seated in front of him.
Address: 970 US Highway 211 West, Luray, Virginia 22835
Directions: In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, 15 min. east of I-81: take exit 264 to US-211 East and follow the direction signs to Luray Caverns.
Phone: +1 (540) 743-6551
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