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Necessity is the mother of invention, as Ernest Holmes Sr., of Chattanooga, Tennessee found in 1916 when he had to use ropes, blocks, and six men to pull a car out from a creek. Two years later, he patented the first-ever tow truck. Our vintage Truck & Trailer tow truck model from Muncie, Indiana is expertly handmade out of metal and stands at 5.25 inches high and 12 inches wide. Its intricate details include rolling wheels, exposed engine compartment, crane system, chains, front grille, headlights, side mirrors, taillights, and more. Gorgeous retro coloring and a Truck & Trailer logo on the doors complete the look of the era.
In the famous words of Thomas Edison, genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Holmes first tried creating a towing apparatus with his 1913 Cadillac using a pulley-and-crane arrangement. It took many further attempts to develop a more stable set-up with a steam contraption. Today, the International Towing Museum in his hometown of Chattanooga pays tribute to his efforts.
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