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1904 Pope-Waverley Model 26

Chassis number : 2348

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Sold for $63,800 at 2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey.
The American Electric Car Company was consolidated with Colonel Albert Pope's Indiana Bicycle Company in the late 1890s, birthing the Waverly Electric Company. Pope was a busy individual, having assembled 50 companies into the so-called 'bicycle trust,' and following a similar empire-building pattern with the automobile, including attempts to purchase the rights to the Selden Patent. George Baldwin Selden was a patent lawyer and inventor who was awarded a U.S. patent for an automobile in 1895. The patent included the engine and its use in a 4-wheeled car. Despite never having gone into production with a working model of an automobile, Selden possessed a credible claim to have patented an automobile in 1895. Selden would collect royalties from budding automobile manufacturers who produced any automobile propelled by an engine powered by gasoline vapor. The patent would persist until the early 1910s and it is estimated that Selden received several hundred thousand dollars in royalties.

Pope's 'Waverley' automobiles were built in Indianapolis until 1904, at which time they became Pope-Waverley in similar fashion to the Colonel's Pope-Hartford, Pope-Toledo, and Pope-Tribune automobiles. By 1907, the Pope-Waverly company was in receivership and in September of 1908, the Indianapolis factory was sold to a local group of investors who reorganized the company and built cars under the Waverley name until 1916.

This 1904 Pope-Waverley Model 26 'Chelsea' Electric Runabout has been given a restoration and finished in black with red pinstriping. The seat is upholstered in diamond-pattern buttoned red leather with a matching leather heel skirt. The wheels are red with black pinstriping, and there is black leather cap top and a small luggage compartment with twist-lock lid. Power is supplied by five 12-volt deep-draw marine batteries supplying power to the 60-volt DC motor, which is mounted to the rear axle.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2020

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2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $40,000-USD $60,000 
Sale Price :
USD $63,800

Recent Sales of the Pope-Waverley Model 26

(Data based on Model Year 1904 sales)
1904 Pope-Waverley Model 26 'Chelsea' Electric Runabout
Chassis#: 2348
Sold for USD$63,800
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
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1904 Pope-Waverley Model 26 Profiles

1904 Pope-Waverley Model 26 vehicle information
Chelsea Runabout
Chassis #: 2348
Engine #: 2555