We have from 1996 Franklin Mint a replica of the Ford Quadricycle in a customized display case. This is still packed in the original box and packing. I had to open it for photos.
Same with the Wood & Glass Display case with a mirrored bottom panel. A rare collectable in great condition.
The Ford Quadricycle was the first vehicle developed by Henry Ford. This first car was a simple frame with an ethanol-powered engine and four mounted bicycle wheels. The earliest cars of the day were hand built, one at a time, very expensive and seen as toys for the rich. In the 1890s, the "horseless carriage" was a relatively new idea, with no fixed, concept of what a car should look like or how it should mechanically work.Most of the first car builders were inventors, rather than businessmen, working with their imaginations and the parts they had on hand. So, the invention of the Quadricycle marks an important innovation as a proto-automobile laying the foundation of the future, and more practical designs to follow. June 4, 1896, Ford at the age of 32 in his tiny workshop on 58 Bagley Avenue Detroit behind his home had put in more than two years experimentation now put the final touches on his pure ethanol-powered motor and completed his first experimental automobile. He dubbed his creation the Quadricycle, because it ran on four bicycle tires and had chain drive rear wheels.
The success of the little vehicle led to the founding of Henry Ford Company and then later the Ford Motor Company in 1903. The Quadricycle 2 cylinder engine produces 4 horsepower and driven by a chain.
The transmission had 2 gears first for 10 mph, 2nd for 20 mph and no reverse gear. The tiller-steered machine road on wire wheels had a 3 US gal fuel tank under the seat. Ford test drove it on June 4, 1896, after various test drives, achieving a top speed of 20 mph.
Ford went on to found the Ford Motor Company became one of the world's richest men. The item "Franklin Mint 1896 Ford Quadricycle Replica with Case in the Original Boxes" is in sale since Tuesday, April 16, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Transportation\Automobilia\Model Cars & Trucks". The seller is "toolrenewer" and is located in Elgin, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Bolivia, Iceland, Jordan, Sri lanka, Oman, Paraguay, Uruguay, South africa.