1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767

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Lot 218
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy

Sold for € 19,550 (US$ 21,563) inc. premium
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy
Chassis no. 2767
•Built marketed by Sears Roebuck & Co
•One of circa 3,500 made
•Present ownership since 1978
•Offered from a prominent Belgian private collection


Footnotes

  • The year 1908 was a momentous one in the history of the automobile, marking the release of the Ford Model T and the first appearance of a motor car in the mail order catalogue of Sears Roebuck & Co. A 'high wheeler', the Sears Motor Buggy was designed by Alvaro S Krotz, builder of an electric car in 1903/1904, and produced in Sears' new factory in its hometown of Chicago. The car was powered by a twin-cylinder engine rated at 10hp initially (14hp for 1910 onwards) driving via a friction transmission, which was carried in a pressed-steel chassis. First listed in Sears' Fall 1908 catalogue, the Motor Buggy was available at first only as a solid-tyred runabout, though for 1910 there were no fewer than five versions on offer, some with cushion or pneumatic tyres. As seen here, the Model K featured mudguards, top, running-boards, and cushion tyres, and sold for $475.

    This Motor Buggy's history is not known prior to its acquisition in October 1978 at Hershey, USA when the car moved to a prominent Belgian collection. Original transport documents and a hand-written discharge dated 1978 are on file. The vendor informs us the car has been restored but remains in original specification. It comes with the old US Title whereas EU-taxes have been paid, and a Belgian 705 document (Demande d'Immatriculation).

    Sears modèle K 14 HP Motor Buggy 1909
    Châssis n° 2767

    •Construite et fabriquée par Sears Roebuck & Co
    •Une des 3 500 fabriquées
    •Aux mains de l'actuel propriétaire depuis 1978
    •En provenance d'une grande collection privée belge

    L'année 1908 fut l'une des plus importante de l'histoire de l'automobile, marquant le lancement de la Ford modèle T et l'apparition d'une voiture dans le catalogue de vente par correspondance de Sears Roebuck & Co. « Haute sur pattes », la Sears Motor Buggy avait été conçue par Alvaro S. Krotz, constructeur d'une voiture électrique en 1903/1904, et était construite dans la nouvelle usine Sears installée dans sa ville d'origine, Chicago. Elle était animée par un moteur bicylindre de 10 HP à l'origine (puis 14 HP en 1910 et après) associé à une transmission par friction, monté sur un châssis en acier embouti. Proposée dans le catalogue Sears à l'automne 1908, le Motor Buggy ne fut d'abord vendu que sous forme runabout à pneus pleins, bien qu'en 1910 il n'y eut pas moins de cinq versions disponibles, dont quelques-unes à pneus gonflables. Comme on le voit ici, pour 475 dollars, le Model K recevait des garde-boues, un dais, des marchepieds et des pneus gonflables.

    L'histoire de ce Motor Buggy n'est pas connue avant son acquisition en octobre 1978 à Hershey, aux États-Unis, lorsque la voiture passa aux mains d'un important collectionneur belge. Des documents originaux relatif à son transport et une décharge manuscrite datés de 1978 figurent au dossier. Le vendeur nous informe que la voiture a été restaurée, mais conserve ses spécifications d'origine. Elle est vendue avec son ancien titre montrant que les taxes européennes ont été acquittées et son formulaire d'immatriculation belge 705.
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1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
1909 Sears Model K 14hp Motor Buggy  Chassis no. 2767
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