The American was an American
automobile A car or automobile is a motor vehicle with wheels. Most definitions of ''cars'' say that they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four wheels, and mainly transport people instead of goods. The year 1886 is regarded as ...
designed by Frank Duryea and manufactured by the American Automobile Company of
New York City New York, often called New York City or NYC, is the most populous city in the United States. With a 2020 population of 8,804,190 distributed over , New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the Un ...
in 1899 to 1901.History of Early America Auto Industry
/ref> It was a " hydro-carbon carriage" which could be started from the seat by its chain-and-sprocket
gear A gear is a rotating circular machine part having cut teeth or, in the case of a cogwheel or gearwheel, inserted teeth (called ''cogs''), which mesh with another (compatible) toothed part to transmit (convert) torque and speed. The basic p ...


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Veteran vehicles Defunct motor vehicle manufacturers of the United States Duryea Motor vehicle manufacturers based in New York (state) {{Veteran-auto-stub