February 2, 2023

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Detroit headlines hearken back to early days of auto industry

Editor’s observe: “Scorchers” ended up speeders and “buzz buggies” were being an additional identify for autos 120 decades ago when Detroit was providing birth to the automobile marketplace. It was a new earth. Today, as the modern business transforms to yet another unknown long run — electric and autonomous motor vehicles — Flashback reprints excerpts from Free Press content articles that documented the groundbreaking variations from the switch of the 20th century.

A ‘horseless wagon’ on the streets of Detroit

“A Novel Motor Carriage,” Aug. 16, 1896

“A fantastic several individuals have been fairly startled for a day or two previous by viewing a wagon occur tearing along the avenue at a energetic level, dodging people and teams. The odd thing about it is that it has no trolley, nor is it drawn by speedy steeds. The car in dilemma is an instance of a course that has been developing for 5 many years past and is now coming rapidly into favor. …