1917 Woods Mobilette Sheridan Light Delivery Truck For Sale in Howard, Colorado 81233
If you are someone who appreciates rare, vintage automobiles than you owe it to yourself to check out this 1917 Woods Mobilette. This two-door Sheridan Light Delivery Truck is one of only two known units to exist. The Woods Mobilette Automobiles were touted as America's First Cyclecar and built in Harvey, Illinois between 1913 and 1917. The Model 5A, such as this one, was the last of the Woods Mobilette vehicles produced and also the most expensive. Previously owned by Ellis B Jones of Russellville, Michigan, this 1917 model has been under current ownership since 1998. It underwent a comprehensive restoration that took over ten years to complete and was finalized in 2004.
This Woods Mobilette Sheridan Light Delivery Truck is laced with classic style and charm. With meticulous attention to detail invested into every facet of its presentation, no expense has been spared in maintaining the original look and luster of this Mobilette's rich heritage. It is powered by a magneto fired original Perkins gas engine that features 94 cubic inch displacement and four cylinders. All major engine components were balanced at Buds' Machine Shop in Lakewood, Washington. Not only were the cylinders honed but the rods and pistons were reconditioned as well. All intake and exhaust valves were replaced with new ones, and all pistons were replaced with new rings. Additionally, the valve seats were ground to fit the new valves. The crankshaft was reconditioned to original specifications by Waterhouse of Tacoma, Washington. Babbitt and Crankshaft installation was done by Ed Martinson of Antique Automotive Engineering, Inc. of Denver, Coloado. The magneto was rebuilt by Ed Strain in Florida with all new ignition wires and spark plugs.
The transmission is a three forward speed, one reverse floor shifted unit with multiple dry disc clutch. It is non-synchromesh in design. The transmission was manufactured by Detroit Gear and Machine Co. of Detroit, Michigan and was rebuilt by Brian Fortner of Tacoma, Washington. The Differential/rear axle assembly is conventional in appearance to most modern rear axle drive cars. The gearing is supported by radial ball bearings. The rear-end gear ratio is unknown. However, original sales literature quotes the Sheridan to obtain a speed of 40 MPH and 40 MPG!!! This vehicle is seated atop a 104-inch wheelbase and features all wooden spoke 30 by 3 inch original wheels with new rubber all the way around. The brakes are 8-inch rear drum brakes are only located on the rear axle, however there are also emergency brake binders affixed around the outer circumference of the rear drums. Additionally, there is an emergency magneto cut-off button located on the drivers floor.
It is easy to see that this Mobilette is brimming with an intricate and historical legacy, however with its dashing good looks this Sheridan Light Delivery Truck is also sure to turn heads. The woodwork was completed by Jeffrey Kroll, a custom woodworker in Seattle, Washington. All replacement wood was quarter sawn American white oak with beautiful grain patterns to match the original oak that was used. The cost was upwards of $3,000. During the restoration of this impressive cyclecar, New Rock Maple was used to support the body which is exactly the same as was used when the car was originally built. All woodwork was finished with five coats of hand applied "Formbys" high gloss Tung Oil finish, for an exquisite look! All metal body panels have been repaired and/or replaced and brought up to original specifications. Original specifications were duplicated to make a new gas tank with heavy wall steel sheet metal. Additionally, all black body panels have been finished with clear over Black powdercoat except the cowl panel and radiator shell, which have been painted with conventional black base coat with clear finish. The majority of all brackets, hinges, and hardware have also been powdercoated with clear over color. Both running boards have been finished with black “line-x” so as to protect from the rigors of foot traffic. The upholstery, as with the assembly and finish of this very rare truck, was completed by the restorer/current owner. The rear curtains have been reproduced and installed.
This 1917 Wood Mobilette Sheridan Light Delivery also features versatile acetylene gas headlamps that can be powered as original, or they can be electrically powered by a miniature 12-Volt battery to be concealed in the brass colored gas tank which is mounted on the passenger side running board, which is original in appearance. There is also a restored black percussion horn mounted appropriately on the steering column. Top it all off with the original kerosene fueled, red lensed, "Indiana" tail light! For more specific and detailed information about this car please visit the following website:
Don't miss out on this amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to own a very rare, antique Woods Mobilette Sheridan Light Delivery Truck. Although this vehicle is absolutely priceless, it can be yours for a very competitive cost. Perfect for a true collector! Call today for more information on how you can get behind the wheel of this iconic antique cyclecar!!!
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