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While the primary mode of in-game travel is on horseback or by a horse-drawn vehicle, as the player progresses through the game, the creeping onset of modernization will make itself known, especially in Blackwater. Automobiles are still not common and cannot be independently driven by the player, but they still play important roles in several main story missions.
Automobiles in Red Dead Redemption
Automobiles were not produced in any significant numbers, having only been commercially available less than a decade prior; automobiles would have been considered rare contraptions. All in-game automobiles are lightweight except for the red Model T.
A Ford Model T is seen being unloaded at the Blackwater docks during the introduction cinematic. The same vehicle is seen parked beside an automobile repair shop on a street in Blackwater.
Players will also encounter an early Darracq 'Perfecta' automobile that has been modified with steel armor plates and a Maxim Gun. This vehicle appears only once in the Edgar Ross mission "And You Will Know The Truth", with Marston manning the Maxim gun mounted in the bed.
The vehicle depicted in trailers is most likely an example of an early Darracq Perfecta. Alexandre Darracq had made a fortune from the French cycle trade in the 1890s and owned a 'Perfecta' works that made components for motor tricycles and was one of the largest in Paris. After a number of false starts, it was not until 1900 that he marketed his first successful motorcar. It had a vertical front-mounted single-cylinder engine, over 700 being sold in the first year.
1908 was a landmark year for automobiles. The Ford Model T began production and a race around the world was held in New York with a finish line at Paris. Only three of the six contestants completed the challenging race. The automobile was described as "the most fragile and capricious thing on earth." In 1913, Ford introduced the world's first moving assembly line to speed up production and make things easier and significantly increased production of the Model T.
Automaker Studebaker, once one of the largest horse-draw carriage builders in the U.S., built its last horse-drawn vehicle in 1920.
- The automobile that is seen in Blackwater is a 1910 Ford Model T.
- If obtaining gold, Jack will shout "Jack's getting an automobile!" even though he is never able to buy one.
- In the mission Bear One Another's Burdens, Fordham is able to start the car from the driver's seat while in real life, all the early automobiles in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century had an ignition that was activated by a crank that was located in front of the car that had to be hand turned until the vehicle started.
- The Ford model T acts as a world object as it will take cosmetic damage but has no special damage effects