<b>c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope</b><br />Engine no. 3260

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c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope

Sold for US$ 100,800 inc. premium

Property from the Collection of Don C. Boulton

c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope
Engine no. 3260

Type C4 Battery-Powered Electric Motor
4-Wheel Fully Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Offered from the Don C. Boulton Collection
*One of the earliest known surviving Pope-Waverley electric automobiles
*A long-time part of the collection for over four decades
*Formerly owned by noted Brass car collector Jack Skaff
*Offered with a period home charging station


THE POPE-WAVERLEY

Of Colonel Albert Pope's numerous fine automobiles produced in the Brass Era, the Pope-Waverley was the only one produced in the famous early automaking state of Indiana. Built from 1904 to 1908, it was a literal 'horseless carriage,' a buggy powered by an electric motor fed from banks of lead acid batteries. Keeping with Colonel Pope's challenge to conquer the whole of the market, it was intended for the electric car market's focus clientele, wealthy ladies who used the clean-running, silent automobiles for around-town transportation and often drove themselves.

"Clean, Noiseless, Always Ready," Pope advertising noted, speaking to the front parlor. "Simple to Operate. Works perfectly in any weather."

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The Boulton Collection's Model 27 Stanhope hails from the inaugural year of Pope-Waverley production. It was formerly owned by Jack Skaff of Grand Blanc, Michigan, a well-known Brass car enthusiast, and is believed to have been restored prior to or during his ownership in the present rich burgundy with black leather upholstery, dashboard, top, and fenders. The car retains its Pope-Waverley-badged wheel hubs and running boards.

Paperwork from Mr. Skaff describing the car is on file, and it appears to have been in the collection since at least the early 1990s. The car retains its 60-volt "Waverley Department" Type C4 Direct Current electric motor, and beautiful electric lamps with curved beveled glass lenses. With the restoration now somewhat aged, it shows some cracking and crazing to the finish, and the left-hand leather fender shows some damage; nonetheless it is still highly presentable throughout. Accompanying are a small file of receipts, the aforementioned Skaff documentation, and a photocopy of a Pope-Waverley instruction manual, undoubtedly very helpful to the new owner who intends to use this car as Colonel Pope intended. Also sold with the Pope-Waverley is an original period home charging station, in itself a fascinating piece of equipment!

This is one of the most charming cars in the Boulton Collection, with wonderful character and highly charming details.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, research kindly provided by electric car historian Galen Handy indicates that this car is more likely a 1906 rather than a 1904 as previously believed. Additionally, the title for this vehicle will be in transit.
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<b>c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope</b><br />Engine no. 3260
<b>c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope</b><br />Engine no. 3260
<b>c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope</b><br />Engine no. 3260
<b>c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope</b><br />Engine no. 3260
<b>c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope</b><br />Engine no. 3260
<b>c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope</b><br />Engine no. 3260
<b>c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope</b><br />Engine no. 3260
<b>c.1904 Pope-Waverley Model 27 Electric Stanhope</b><br />Engine no. 3260
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