Four Wheel Drive...
Henry Ford's first effort - the 1896 Quadracycle - a four wheeled bicycle, basically. Six years later, the first Ford car would be built by Ford Motor Company. By 1924, more than 10 million Fords had been manufactured.
Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 – the son of a wealthy farming family in
Dearborn, Michigan. Young Henry, however, was not a natural farmer. Instead he
soon showed an affinity towards all things mechanical. At the age of 16 Henry
left home and got his first job as an apprentice machinist. Over the next few
years he would sharpen his skills by repairing steam engines and overhauling
farm tools for his father. In 1888 Henry was married. He supported his family by
operating a sawmill. In 1891 he joined the Edison Engineering Company. Within
two years he had been appointed to the position of Chief Engineer. It was during
this time that he began his experiments with the internal combustion engine. In
1896 Ford produced a prototype of the Quadracycle.