Monday, February 11, 2013

Sears, Roebuck Motor Buggy, 1909-1912

1909-1912 Sears Roebuck & Co. Motor Buggy Catalog
edited by Joseph J. Shroeder Jr. and Sheldon L. Factor
Sears got into the "Auto Buggy" market a bit late, the design was at least 5 years old by the time it was put on the market. Compare to the Ford Model T, introduced the year before in 1908. 
Powered by an aircooled horizontally opposed twin and with a transmission much like we find on domestic snow blowers today, the Sears made good basic transportation. A hundred years later the one below was driven to the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The owner says he uses it regularily, it started easily and he drove it off like it was a real car. Nice to see.


Graham Clayton said...

The "high-wheeler" was like the cyclecar, a short-lived fad in the US motoring scene in the decade before WW1, with nearly all manufacturers being located in the Midwest states.

Mister G said...

A direct translation of the horsedrawn buckboard!