c.1911 Sears Model P Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 3065

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Lot 218
c.1911 Sears Model P Motor Buggy
Chassis no. 3065

Sold for £ 20,700 (US$ 26,220) inc. premium
c.1911 Sears Model P Motor Buggy
Chassis no. 3065
No Reserve

Footnotes

  • When Chicago-based mail order house Sears Roebuck added an own-brand motor car to its catalogue in 1908, it confirmed to the American public that the automobile, then still in its infancy, was no passing fad. Designed by Alvaro S Kratz, Sears' first motor car was of the type known as a 'high wheeler' runabout. These light vehicles with their large diameter wheels and high ground clearance were already immensely popular, being ideally suited to the rough and rutted dirt roads of the North American prairies. The first batch of Sears cars was built at the Hercules factory in Evansville, Indiana pending the completion of Sears' own factories.

    The first Sears was powered by a twin-cylinder horizontally opposed air-cooled engine, supplied by Milton Reeves' company, which grew in output from 10 to 14 horsepower for 1910. There was friction transmission and twin-chain drive, and Sears' advertising claimed that the Motor Buggy could run at 'all speeds from 1 to 25 miles per hour'. The company's advertisements also quoted enthusiastic testimonials from satisfied purchasers, one of whom, Harry Dobins of Sharpsburg, Ohio declared: 'It beats a horse bad, as it don't eat when I ain't working it and it stands without hitching, and, best of all, it don't get scared of automobiles.'

    By 1910 there were five models in the range with prices ranging from $370 to $495 depending on the level of equipment specified. A four-seater version – the Model P – was added to the range for 1911. Eventually Sears discovered it was selling its cars at a loss and discontinued production in 1912, by which time some 3,500 of these well-built machines had been made.
    This rare, four-seater Sears is finished in black with matching deep-buttoned leather upholstery, red chassis rails and matching wheels shod with solid rubber tyres. Other noteworthy features include C Ouvraro brass front lamps, J&R Oldfield rear lamp, Schebler carburettor, Kinwood oiler and a brass horn. The car was last running when placed on museum display circa 2000 and thus is sold strictly as viewed. The registration plate is believed to be Dutch but there are no documents with this Lot.
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c.1911 Sears Model P Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 3065
c.1911 Sears Model P Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 3065
c.1911 Sears Model P Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 3065
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