Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Often, the early vehicles at these events will have some type of change or adaptation from their original production design. Once the levels of originality and authenticity have been established, though, it’s easier to spot distinctive features specifically related to the brand… and, while a visual dissection of each set of wheels usually takes some time, the larger number of vehicles on site makes these locations a great place to conduct side by side evaluations of not only different brands but those from the same maker as well. Inevitably, there will be differences that help us to better understand the vehicle and more readily recognize important features.
The next time you’re at a vehicle auction, take some extra moments to look closer at the differences between similar vehicles. It’s a practice that will ultimately – and inevitably – uncover important details that not only help to better understand and appreciate these work horses on wheels but, can also play a key role in preventing buyer’s remorse down the road.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Within a few years, the world wide web had grown to sufficient bandwidth and postings that it began to be more useful in locating primary source materials. (A word of caution and a reminder here that while the internet is full of information, not every posting on-line can be supported by facts.)
The Wheels That Won The West® Archives started with one book purchased in the mid-1990’s. Today, this extensive resource is made up of hundreds of rare books and even more original catalogs and early sales materials. Combined with thousands of primary source images, the collection has become an essential aspect of our research and ability to share historically accurate details with western vehicle enthusiasts the world over.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
This single box (one set of sideboards) Mitchell wagon still retains remnants of the original logo and paint on the box as well as the original brake assembly and shafts. Likely dating to the early 1900’s, the wagon’s completeness, condition and brand, itself, make it a unique surviving piece. (More details on traits that impact values of early wagons and western vehicles can be found in Volume One of the “Borrowed Time” book series)
Likewise, the Montgomery Ward pony wagon shown immediately above and below is also a rare and seldom-seen piece. While it doesn’t carry as much age as the Mitchell mentioned in this post, there are other features of significant importance, not the least of which is its overall quality and condition as well as the vehicle type and originality levels. Our thanks to Bill Nigg for sharing this exceptional example from his collection. According to his measurements, the wheels of the wagon stand at 34 inches (front) and 36 inches (rear). The box specs out at 7 feet in length by 30 inches in width with the bottom sideboard depth stretching 8 inches and the top board being 5.25 inches.
Each of these wagons is a great surviving example from America’s first transportation industry. A period so intense with competition that the lessons learned then still have relevance today. Thank you to the Woodfords and Bill Nigg for sharing these two vehicles from their collections.