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IHC playing in the snow

B. K. Lahey

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Forgive my ignorance, but where does the right hand drive come from??:shrug:


Roger Byrne

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To answer your question, in the USA during the early 1900's, most car makers put the steering on the right-hand side. I has been said that it started that way because the first cars imported into this country had the steering on the right so builders just copied that style. One other suggestion is the fact that the engineers position on a railroad locomotive is on the right side and that it was copied from that.:shrug: Even Ford's first cars had the controls on the right side. That changed when the Model T came out in 1908 and over the next 6 years, all the car makers moved the steering to the left side of the car. I seems clear cut to us today that if you drive on the right-hand side of the road, you would have many advantages if the controls are put on the left. Maybe in the days when the roads were just one lane dirt paths, it wasn't so obvious.
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Bob Ronning

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we had 19 IHC autowagons and 1 autobuggy at penfield IL. when they had the red power round up there. I am working on my 1909 autobuggy and hope to have it out in 2010.


Beth V

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Bump..because it is fun.....watch those fire breathing Cases....:O

Gene Williams

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Thanks for all the pictures and history, really interesting. As for the right hand drive, a team is driven from that position also.