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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!
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.
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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 1893 Duryea was America’s first automobile made in Springfield, Massachusetts by Frank and Charles Duryea. An original Duryea, a one cylinder, four-cycle vehicle, is in the Smithsonian.
This beautifully hand-crafted replica of the 1893 Duryea features all leather upholstery, a convertible top, and a walnut and brass luggage rack. The headlights are working oil lamps. This Duryea replica seats two comfortably and handles easily. Speed ranges from 0-10 miles per hour. Tiller steering provides direction and while the original Duryea had no brakes, this replica has been outfitted with drum brakes. To hear more about the Duryea:
This stunning replica is available to museums and private collectors alike. Serious inquiries only. Call for pricing.
THE WORLD’S FIRST TRUCK
Gottlieb Damiler built the world’s first truck in 1896. The two cylinder, four horse power engine was designed to run on gas, coal gas and lamp fuel. Its first job was delivering beer kegs to taverns in England. This overly enhanced replica is available to museums and private collectors alike. Call for pricing.
Watch as Bill Eggers and the 1896 Daimler Truck Replica goes to Mecum Auctions at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg on July 30, 2015. Clip courtesy of NBCSN.
Overly enhanced custom replication of the 1896 Daimler Truck.
This is the photo of the original truck.
To see the 1896 Daimler Truck in action, enjoy the video below.
THE FIRST MECHANICAL BICYCLE
The first mechanical bicycle was invented by Kirkpatric Macmillan, a Scottish blacksmith who lived from 1812 to 1878. Macmillan’s contraption had a wood frame and iron rimmed wooden wheels. The front wheel which provided limited steering, was approximately 30 inches and the rear was 40 inches, attached to pedals via connecting rods. It weighed around 60 pounds.
THE FIRST STEERABLE BICYCLE
Also called Laufmachine (running machine). This machine was invented by the German Baron Karl Von Drais in Manhein, Germany around 1817. Being the first means of transport to make use of the two wheel principle. The Laufmachine is regarded as the archetype of the bicycle. This Draisene is on display at the Kurpfälzisches Museum in Heidelburg, Germany.
THE FIRST BICYCLE EVER MADE
Monsieur Sivrac of France invented this bicycle made completely of wood. This was a very rough device and had no pedals, handle bars or any other parts of today’s modern bicycle. This bicycle could not be turned and could only be driven straight. It was revolutionary in its time.