1901 Ford Sweepstakes Race Car

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This is Henry Ford's first race car. After his first auto company failed, Ford turned to racing to restore his reputation. He raced "Sweepstakes" against Alexander Winton on October 10, 1901, and, to everyone's surprise, the novice Ford beat the established Winton. The victory and resulting publicity encouraged financiers to back Ford's second firm.

Winner of 10-mile race against Alexander Winton, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 1901. Driver: Henry Ford.

Built by Henry Ford in Detroit, Michigan, based on a design by Oliver Barthel.

Engine

Horizontally opposed 2, atmospheric intake valves and mechanical exhaust valves, 539 cubic inches

Wheels and tires

Wheelbase: 96 inches

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