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Lot 134 - 1907 Victor High Wheel Electric Runabout

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ESTIMATE £37,000 - £50,000-

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 134
Reg. Number BF 5989
Chassis Number 33759
Year 1907
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At the start of the automobile era, steam, internal combustion and electricity competed to be the main driving force.
The internal combustion engine was in its early years, while steam and electricity were well understood and fairly well developed, so it’s no surprise that there were more than 200 manufacturers of electric cars before 1915.
While some are still remembered today, like Baker, Waverley and Detroit, there were many others now long forgotten and incredibly rare.

This vehicle is a unique electric example built in 1907 by Victor, and is the only one produced. The car spent many years in America where it was on display in a museum, before being imported recently to the UK. The electrics were completely overhauled, and the vehicle is now fitted with six Odyssey PC2250 high capacity traction batteries, which run for 65 – 75 miles on one full charge, and comes with a Vivian high capacity charging system.

The car is able to go at variable speeds, from 1mph to a top speed of roughly 30mph from the 80 volt motor that is mounted to the rear axle and operates a forward jackshaft by single chain drive, which turns the rear wheels via dual chains.
Chassis number 33759 has been recently re-painted, with both body and chassis in black with gold pinstriping, and black leather upholstery. The wooden wheels are varnished and feature black pinstripe and narrow solid rubber tires. The Victor has a large bell on the driver’s side to serve as a warning, due to the quietness of the car, along with a wooden leaver and step for the driver.

Some accounts have related the vehicle to a short entry in the Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942, which mentions a “Victor” electric vehicle registered on April 8, 1907 by S.H. Bunshaw of Lincoln, Nebraska. There is, however, no definite documentation to back this up.

Complete with a large history file documenting all the work carried out on the car, and complete with a V5, this represents quality turn-of-the-20th-Century construction, with modern features such as the charging system and speed controller.
In superb condition throughout, 33759 is ready for faultless silent motoring

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