In the Museum's collection since 2000,1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 20 Commercial Wagon  Chassis no. 1422471

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In the Museum's collection since 2000, 1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 20 Commercial Wagon
Chassis no. 1422471

Sold for US$ 56,160 inc. premium
In the Museum's collection since 2000
1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 20 Commercial Wagon
Chassis no. 1422471
The very first Stoddard-Dayton, completed in 1904, was a standout four-cylinder car; in 1905 the company adopted the slogan, “As Good as It Looks.” The massive, sturdy and luxurious models that followed sold well in their upper rung price class—for a while. But, fortunes changed after the company became affiliated with Benjamin Briscoe’s U.S. Motor Co. in mid-1911. Despite new models powered by Knight-patent sleeve valve engines, Stoddard-Dayton was gone by 1913.

The 1911 Stoddard-Dayton Model 20 Commercial Wagon combined the rugged utility of a light truck with the convenience of a four-passenger car—the rear seat could be easily removed and re-installed as requirements dictated. The Model 20 was a relatively small vehicle, unlike the large, fast and sporty touring cars and roadsters Stoddard-Dayton had typically offered.

This example is an older amateur restoration of a mostly original vehicle. According to the MSI condition report, the chassis appears to be original and authentic. The correct L-head four-cylinder mono-block engine retains its original-type carburetor and magneto ignition system. The frame, suspension components, steering gear, and three-speed manual sliding-gear transmission are also correct and appear to be in good condition.

The vehicle was recently started and the engine repaired as needed by MSI staff. The radiator is a modern replacement, with a steel frame that has been painted gold to suggest the appearance of the original cellular-core brass radiator. The wheels are the correct 25” artillery type and have been recently fitted with replacement tires.

The body, which is mostly constructed of wood, appears essentially solid and mostly original. The upholstery has a period look. The original fenders show evidence having been repaired over the years. The car is equipped with period-authentic brass headlamps, sidelamps and bulb horn. A period-authentic accessory brass spot lamp and Presto-lite tank for illuminating the headlamps are also installed. The electric Klaxon horn is a later item.

Any Stoddard-Dayton is a highly desirable collector car. This example’s flexible truck/passenger car functionality makes it a historical predecessor of the modern SUV. The Stoddard Dayton shows well enough as-is to be used for parades, tours and local exhibitions.

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In the Museum's collection since 2000,1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 20 Commercial Wagon  Chassis no. 1422471
In the Museum's collection since 2000,1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 20 Commercial Wagon  Chassis no. 1422471
In the Museum's collection since 2000,1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 20 Commercial Wagon  Chassis no. 1422471
In the Museum's collection since 2000,1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 20 Commercial Wagon  Chassis no. 1422471
In the Museum's collection since 2000,1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 20 Commercial Wagon  Chassis no. 1422471
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