Lot Number

1905 Orient Buckboard Runabout

Sold For $28,600

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 10 - 11 OCTOBER 2019 - The Merrick Auto Museum Collection

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  • High-quality restoration
  • AACA National First winner
  • VMCCA Award of Excellence
  • HCCA 100-Year-Old Vehicle certification

The Waltham Orient Buckboard belied its tiny size. The 400-pound vehicle could travel at 30 mph, was tiller-steered, and had no suspension save for the flexing of the slats that made up its chassis. Priced at just $375, it met the claims of the builders. Although its market was clearly limited, the Buckboard remained in production through 1907.

The engine was Waltham’s own, air-cooled and good for four horsepower. Friction drive gave a wide range of speeds, and power was transmitted to the wheels by chain drive. Smooth all-white pneumatic tires transmitted motion to the road. The ash frame acted as the suspension, flexing when and where required.

This Orient Buckboard Runabout has been fully restored. It received an AACA National First Award in 1991 and a subsequent Senior endorsement. It also has an HCCA 100-Year-Old Vehicle plaque and a VMCCA Award of Excellence. Its new owner will acquire an immediate trifecta.

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