There is a 1864 Roper Steam Carriage in the Henry Ford Museum, but this black and white photo also from the museum shows the original 1863 Roper Steam Carriage.
Wild Bill Eggers has handcrafted a museum quality recreation of the 1863 Roper Steam Carriage.
Known as a Steam Car of the Civil War Days, this is the first of three carriages made by Sylvester H. Roper in 1863. Coal-fired, the steam pressure was around 15 – 20 pounds. The carriage has no brakes. It is slowed down by the cutting of steam to the pistons, just like in locomotives.
The first ever gasoline-propelled road wagon, this 1877 Selden first came to light during patent litigation, where adversaries claimed it would never run.
Patent Attorney George Selden applied for his engine patent in 1879, but never made the car, instead demanding royalties from all car makers. Henry Ford refused to pay and was sued in the 1890’s. Because of that, Selden made the one and only model of his car.
Starting with a stove-iron block with one cylinder, boring two more, George B Selden then mounted it on the finished axle of a specifically built spring wagon. Thus, the Selden was born.
Selden won the battle but lost the war. The court declared that the Selden patent was valid but that Ford was using a different design.
The original is now held at the Henry Ford Museum. A William Eggers hand-crafted replica has been completed!
In the 1850’s, three brothers John, Clem and Henry worked in their father’s wagon repair business in the east. They went out west to find their fortune in California’s gold rush. They failed at that but did see a demand in the mines for wheelbarrows.
In 1868, the Studebaker Co. was organized and by 1875 was the largest wagon manufacturer in the world.
In 1902, the company started making horseless electric carriages and in 1904 gasoline powered vehicles. The rest is history.
This is a recreation if the first electric Studebaker from 1902. Made of solid mahogany and brass.
Featured in the January/February 2019 issue of The Star, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s Magazine! Many thanks to The Star for graciously allowing us to re-post the article. Written by Gary Anderson with Bill Eggers and Jennifer Ortiz and photos by Sean Aryai and Bill Eggers. You can read more about the 1898 Daimler–from framing to final construction–by clicking here or turn to page 50 in your magazine!
Birth of the first conventional platform truck (pick up truck) with the engine located over the front axle.
Three speeds and reverse, water-cooled, 5 HP – 2 cylinder gas engine and rear shoe brake. Used mainly for delivering beer from Germany to London.
The world’s first four-wheeled car. Just finished! The original Daimler Motor Carriage was burned up in a museum fire. My recreation was duplicated from a replica in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart-Untertrkheim, Germany.
This is a static reproduction for a museum or private collector. Call for pricing.
The first Duryea automobile was invented in 1893; an original Duryea is in the Smithsonian. This is the 1894 Model, when the Duryea brothers started producing the automobile seriously. An original 1894 version still exists in the Tallahassee Auto Museum in Tallahassee, Florida.
This year’s model is also the logo for the A.A.C.A., America’s most prestigious auto club. This reproduction of the 1894 Duryea, built primarily of solid walnut wood and polished brass, was hand-crafted by William Eggers in Goshen, Connecticut.
This stunning replica is available to museums and private collectors alike. Serious inquiries only. Call for pricing.