June, 1896. Henry ford signed a check to pay the E.J. Vance Box Company for the wood used to build a frame and dashboard for his very first automobile that he drove around the streets of Detroit later that year. 1896 mind you! Want it? I found the source over on ABE books. It comes with a few of his first books (1st editions) plus photos and documents by family members of authenticity for this stuff that the Ford museum doesn’t even have. Or, so says the advert.