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For Sale: 1908 Sears Buggy
in Saint Louis, Missouri

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Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars
Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars
2310 Chaffee
Saint Louis, MO 63146
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Sears found great success in supplying rural America with virtually everything a nation of farmers, ranchers, trappers and woodsmen could need, all selected from a voluminous catalog and delivered to a Railway Express depot near them. Most of Sears customers lived near subsistence. Reliability and familiarity were essentials and newer technology was not easily welcomed. When Sears added an automobile to its catalog in 1908, therefore, it was made to be simple and familiar, a short step for rural farmers who had to pick up fuel in jugs at the local general store and fix their contraption with simple hand tools. The device, familiar to many, was a motorized buckboard with exaggerated clearance to get over rutted rural wagon tracks and a simple air-cooled, horizontally-opposed two cylinder engine placed under the floor. Available as either a two or four-seater, it was aggressively marketed with slogans like At the price of the average good driving team and top buggy we are offering the 14 horse power Sears, but the Highwheeler was nevertheless overshadowed by the Model T Ford, and after 1912 the automobile disappeared from the big Sears book. Although not a sales juggernaut for Sears, the Highwheeler still remains as a delightful and amazingly practical example of the automobiles evolution here in America. After a full nut and bolt restoration, this delightful 1908 Model J two-seater was an AACA winner on the national level in 1989, and still looks gorgeous. The body is finished in black with a nice red pinstripe, while the chassis, fenders, wheels and controls, including the steering tiller, are finished in a deep maroon. The bench seat is the correct black button tufted leather, and the other features of this simple but fascinating automobile include brass kerosene headlamps, a brass horn and a black leatherette folding top. A former concours winner that has seen remarkably little use, it is a prime example of this important chapter in American automotive history.

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