Paul Hudson , Deputy Editor, Telegraph Cars
June 10, 2016
110 Year old American-Built Electric Cars For Sale
Brooklands [Museum, Surrey, England].
Both are now incredibly rare, but electric propulsion was considered a sufficiently viable proposition in the early years of the 20th century. At the time, there was more than 100 manufacturers of battery-powered cars.
1906 Pope Waverley Victoria Phaeton
The 1906 Pope Waverley Victoria Phaeton, estimated at £30,000-£40,000, was built in Nebraska and cost $1,600 when new. The example being sold by Historics has been fully restored.
It features tiller steering, a floral print bench seat (plus a rear-facing occasional third seat) and a black leather hood.
It was brought to the UK some years ago by the vendor, who has fitted modern batteries that substantially improve the range.
1907 Victor High Wheel Runabout
The 1907 Victor High Wheel Runabout was built the following year in Indianapolis. No messy internal combustion engine in sight on this one. It spent many years on display in an American museum before being imported to the UK, when it was completely overhauled including fitting modern batteries.
Features include a black leather interior and patent leather mudguards. Like the Pope Waverley, it is estimated at £30,000-£40,000.
These magnificent electric cars from more than a century ago are two of the highlights of 139 classics appearing at the auction.
Full details at www.historics.co.uk