Tallahassee Automobile Museum’s Firsts First-Of-Their-Kind Items at the Museum! 1857 Smith & Wesson No. 1 – First Issue – First spring loaded barrel catch revolver. 1894 Duryea – First gas combustion automobile in America. 1903 Oldsmobile Surrey – First automobile with the “Oldsmobile” emblem. 1971 Chevrolet Nova – 1st year for the GM Corporate mandate requiring all engines to feature lowered compression ratios to enable the use of unleaded gasoline 1972 Buick Skylark GS Sun Coupe – 1st and only year of the fabled Sun Coupe edition 1961 Chrysler Imperial Crown – 1st year the Imperial was the longest (227.3 inches) American production non-limo car 1960-1969 Chevrolet Corvair was the “First” Unibody chassis made by Fisher Body Corporation. Pictured below is our very own 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa. The Tallahassee Automobile Museum has another first. The Duo-Art Player Piano was a new invention in the early 1900’s. 1905 Dial Cash Register – First cash register to have a dial for design going back to the mid-1880’s. 1907 Waterman Outboard Motor – First American production outboard motor. 1931 Duesenberg Model J – First automobile to be rated over 200hp 1948 Tucker – First automobile to have a padded dash and pop-out windshield. 1951 Whizzer Sportsman Deluxe – First and only year a Bi-Matic transmission was offered. 1954 Kaiser-Darrin – First American automobile with fiberglass body (First showing preceded 1953 Chevrolet Corvette!). 1969 Studebaker Avanti – First American car to have Bendix front disc brakes. 1969 Rokon MK3 Trail-Breaker – First motorcycle to have a disc brake. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle – First year Chevrolet offered the 454ci engine as an option. 1992 Dodge Viper – First Viper sold to the public. 1997 Plymouth Prowler – First Prowler sold to the public. 1890 NCR Model 3 National Cash Register Company – First modern American company to introduce a sales training school and a comprehensive social welfare program for factory workers. 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton Sedan – First automobile to have hide-away headlights. Also, first successful front-wheel drive production automobile. 1939 Ford Custom Roadster – First and only Ford Custom Roadster – Built in England for Henry Ford’s Grandson William Clay Ford’s 15th Birthday 2010 Camaro/Trans Am – First Camaro/Trans Am sold to the public. 1937 Bendix Outboard Motor – First American all-aluminum construction outboard.