1877 Selden Patent Wagon

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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!

 

1902 Electric Studebaker Delivery Carriage

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.

1904 Studebaker Electric Car

The 1904 has the same mechanicals as the 1902. The Front end was changed and brass enhancements added. Interior is solid mahogany.

 

3 speeds forward, 1 reverse. Side tiller steering. Oil headlamps. Pneumatic tires. 24 volt electrical system.

This one was custom made for a private collector in Pennsylvania.

1902 Studebaker Electric Car

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The first electric car in the United States! 3 speeds forward, 1 reverse. Side tiller steering. Oil headlamps. Pneumatic tires. Overly enhanced brasswork. 24 volt – 40 miles a charge! No professional chauffer needed.

Three colors available: black, blue and studebaker red.

1898 Daimler Truck

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.

Call for pricing.

 

 

1886 Daimler Motor Carriage Replica

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.

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1894 Duryea Automobile Replica

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.

1893 Duryea Automobile Replica

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.

Public Domain image of the Duryea Brothers

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.