Join us for this month’s program on December 6th at 7 pm.
to learn all about Charles Duryea and his innovations in the automotive industry.
Though his name is mostly forgotten outside of automotive enthusiast
circles, Charles Duryea was a notable pioneer in the industry. Along
with his brother Frank, he built, in 1892, the first production car in
the United States. Three years later, their Duryea car would go on to
earn international acclaim by winning the first ever official
automobile race in the U.S. Following a tumultuous fallout with his
brother, Charles would come to Reading, PA and, later, Philadelphia, to
build Duryea autos, several of which are on display at the Boyertown
Museum of Historic Vehicles. This program, “Charles Duryea: Automotive
Innovation and Stubbornness,” will cover his beginnings in the bicycle
industry, fascinating details of that first car race, and his time in
Pennsylvania developing what he believed “a motor vehicle should be.”