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1918 Selden Canopy Express Truck in St. Simons Island, Georgia


Vehicle Description

Restored 1918 Selden Canopy Express Truck Features include: * Continental Motors four-cylinder engine * Manual transmission * Wood huckster-style body built by Amish craftsmen * Artillery style wheels * Solid rubber tires * Driveshaft with differential (Not a chain drive) * Side curtains Here is one truck that you will probably never see another one like it, let alone for sale. This one belongs to a good friend of mine who asked me to post it for sale on my website. Any serious inquiries to buy will be directly forwarded to him for final disposition. Below is the description that was written by the auction company he consigned it to earlier in the year: " George B. Selden was a controversial inventor during the early days of the automobile. Selden was essentially granted the patent for the automobile in 1895, after years of amendments to his original application. The decision forced companies that wanted to produce a car to pay a licensing fee. In 1899 Selden sold the patent rights to the Electric Vehicle Company. Selden and the Electric Vehicle Company would continue to profit from the patent until 1911 when Henry Ford won a lengthy appeal from a much earlier 1903 ruling. The 1911 ruling against the Selden patent essentially ended the monopoly it had over the early automobile industry. Selden himself had his own line of automobiles which were produced from 1908 to 1914. The company went through reorganization in 1913, during which time they refocused their efforts toward truck production. This change proved to be a smart decision, as the truck company became much more of a success. The company was eventually sold to the Bethlehem Truck Company in 1930. This rare example of a 1918 Selden truck was built in Rochester, New York and was originally used as a logging truck. This Selden was a true barn find, having been removed from one in upstate New York. The truck was restored by its immediate previous owner, which included having a new wood huckster-style body built by Amish craftsmen. It features a Continental Motors four-cylinder engine paired with a manual transmission. The truck is driven by a driveshaft with a differential. Included in the sale are side curtains which attach to the body for weather protection. This is a big and impressive early truck that has been nicely cared for. " When you see it in person, it appears much more massive than it does in the photos. If you are a vintage truck collector, this would make a nice addition to your collection. It would also make a good advertisement tool to market your business with. The mechanical condition is top notch along with the quality of the restoration. It has an interesting provenance in American automotive history. Please call Stuart @ 912-634-4949 for complete details & to make an appointment to view. This truck is currently located in the North Georgia mountains near the Georgia- North Carolina border. Reasonable delivery can be arranged by the owner within a 500 mile radius. Offered @ $28,900

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-921212
  • Price:$28,900
  • Location:St. Simons Island, Georgia
  • Year:1918
  • Make:Selden
  • Model:Canopy Express Truck
  • Exterior Color:Red / Black
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:BC20181107