1907 Success Model B Runabout Buggy / 843 Chassis Information

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

1907 Success Model B photograph

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Runabout Buggy
Chassis #: 843
Sold for $9,625 at 2007 RM Auctions - The Al Wiseman Collection.
This High-wheeler is a rare example of early Americana produced by the Success Auto Buggy Manufacturing Company in St. Louis, Missouri. Riding on a 62-inch wheelbase, this Model B is powered by a single cylinder four horsepower air-cooled engine.

Priced as low as $250, the 'B' features an engine mounted on the right side next to the seat. Power is transmitted through a two-speed planetary gear to a sprocket on the right rear wheel. The headlamps are kerosene powered.

Transverse leaf springs absorb some of the bumps inherent in roads of the times, allowing a smoother ride when compared to many other buggies of the era. This model also features steel wheels as standard equipment, unlike some early offerings that utilized wooden wheels. A hard rubber layer on these wheels was a $25.00 option, giving consumers of the day a preview into what we would know as option packages on cars. The Success Model B truly represents the transition between the horseless carriage and the automobiles we know today.

After building some 600 vehicles, the Success Auto Company went out of business in 1909. Currently just six of these vehicles are known to exist. This prime example also has the distinction of having been part of the famous Bill Harrah collection in years past.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2017
Runabout Buggy
Chassis #: 843
Sold for $9,625 at 2007 RM Auctions - The Al Wiseman Collection.
This high wheeler was produced by the Success Auto Buggy Manufacturing Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Riding on a 62-inch wheelbase, this Model B is powered by a single cylinder four horsepower air-cooled engine.

Priced as low as $250, the Model B features an engine mounted on the right side next to the seat. Power is transmitted through a two-speed planetary gear to a sprocket on the right rear wheel. Lighting is by kerosene lamps. Transverse leaf springs allowed a smoother ride than the competition. This model also features steel wheels as standard equipment. A hard rubber layer on these wheels was a $25.00 option. The Success Model B truly represents the transition between the horseless carriage and the automobiles we know today.

This car was the 258th car purchased by Bill Harrah for his collection. It is thought to be the last remaining Model B.


2007 RM Auctions - The Al Wiseman Collection

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$25,000-$30,000 
Sale Price :
$9,625

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1907 sales)
1907 Success Model B Runabout
Chassis#: 843
Sold for $9,625
  2007 RM Auctions - The Al Wiseman Collection
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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1907 Success Model B's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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