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of Chicopee Falls, Mass
1898 Brothers J. Frank and Charles Duryea set up Duryea Motor Wagon Company to develop a car which was the first commercially produced automobile but after a falling out they went their separate ways.
1900 Frank set up the Hampden Automobile and Launch Company (Springfield), while Charles joined J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co, who were about to start developing cars; they took over the factory of steam car and bicycle maker Overman, sharing the premises for several months, to make the Stevens-Duryea car.
1901 Stevens-Duryea's first product was a two-cylinder, 5 hp Runabout that sold for $1,200 in 1901.
1907 The model range was restricted as the company was hampered by the shortage of skilled labour.
1915 The final new car design was the Model D. Production stopped because of financial problems and the plant was sold to Westinghouse.