It was 110 years ago this week that Henry Ford shifted toward the fast lane of revolutionizing the making and selling of cars -- not to mention helping upend the way America travels -- with the founding of the Ford Motor Company. But like many revolutions, this one didn't get off to an easy start.
Throughout his life, Henry Ford had been tinkering with machines. Years before founding, on July 16, 1903, the company that bears his name, he developed other engine-powered vehicles like the "Quadricycle" seen above. The photo shows Ford riding in the first car he built in 1896. The "Quadricycle" was a precursor to Ford's first production vehicle, the Model A.
In the slideshow that follows, see Ford's bumpy road to founding a car company that would change American manufacturing forever.