A Duryea GEM, Reading, PA, circa 1916.
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Credit: Courtesy of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

In 1916, Charles Duryea designed his last automobile, a cross between a roadster and a motorcycle that he named the Duryea GEM. Created to compete with Ford's Model T, the GEM cost only $375 and got 65 miles per gallon of gasoline. Duryea, however, never found backing for production, and made no more than fourteen of them.

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