“…10 August 1888: on this day, at 9 o’clock in the morning, the airship belonging to Dr Friedrich Hermann Wölfert begins a journey spanning more than four kilometres starting from Daimler’s factory courtyard and ending at the Aldingen parade ground near Kornwestheim.
Whilst the floatation panel of the airship, filled with hydrogen gas, mainly overcomes gravity, the 1.8 kW (2.5 hp), high-speed Daimler single-cylinder engine powers the two propellers (horizontal and vertical) and is therefore responsible for propulsion and trimming. On this morning, it becomes clear that the four-stroke engine has great potential as an aircraft engine.” from Mercedes Benz Group Media.
This re-creation was built from scratch by William Eggers, Master Craftsman.
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.
The “AC” was the first model built by MAC International (previously the International Motor Company). It was considered a custom truck, as the body of the truck was made for the needs of any kind of trade.
Made in 3 1/2, 5 1/2, and 7 1/2 ton capacity
7 Forward speeds, 2 Reverse speeds
Any paint color, for an additional $50
Chain drive and dual wheels were standard
40 HP Cylinder 5″ Pistons
These trucks were a big part of World War I. It was also the first year for the “C” cab; without sides or windshield.
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!
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.