Sears Dreadnought

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Sears Dreadnought was a motorcycle sold by Sears in the 1910s. [1] The motorcycle featured a 70.62-cubic-inch (1,157.3 cm3) V-twin made by Spacke. [1] It was sourced from Spacke's cyclecar and had 9 horsepower (6.7 kW). [1] This engine was also used by Dayton, Eagle, Minneapolis and Crawford. [2] In addition to the internal combustion engine, it also had foot-pedals like a regular bicycle. [3] (This was for getting the engine started as the kick start had not been invented yet.)

Sears, Roebuck and Company, colloquially known as Sears, is an American chain of department stores founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in 1893, reincorporated by Richard Sears and new partner Julius Rosenwald in 1906. Formerly based at the Sears Tower in Chicago and currently headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, the operation began as a mail ordering catalog company and began opening retail locations in 1925. The first location was in Evansville, Indiana. In 2005, the company was bought by the management of the American big box chain Kmart, which formed Sears Holdings upon completion of the merger.

Cyclecar tiny car designs briefly popular in the 1910s–20s

A cyclecar was a type of small, lightweight and inexpensive car manufactured in Europe and the United States between 1910 and the early 1920s. The purpose of cyclecars was to fill a gap in the market between the motorcycle and the car.

Kick start motorcycle starting pedal

Kick start is a method of starting an internal combustion engine by pushing a ratcheting lever with one's foot. Kick start mechanisms were almost universally a part of motorcycle engines before the mid-1970s, and were phased out of production over the next twenty years or so as electric starters became standard equipment. There are still some motorcycles produced that have both kick and electric starters.

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The motorcycle was a designed for Sears in conjunction with Excelsior Company of N. Sangamon Street, Chicago. [4] They put together popular components and features of the period including the Spacke V-twin engine, a Schebler carburetor, Musselman hub, chain drive, etc. [5] It was offered with various options such as a two-speed hub and a lightning package. [6]

Sears sold the motorcycle like its other products via mail order for 250 dollars in 1913. [1] People would shop out of large catalog of thousands of items rather than the local store, then the product would be delivered to them. [7] Sears sold motorcycles from 1912 to 1916. [1] The motorcycle is also called the Sears De Luxe Dreadnought Twin. [8] DeLuxe was the marque of the Spacke engine company and was on the engine itself. [9]

By the year 2001 it was thought about ten Sears Dreadnoughts remain, and one went for a Sotheby's auction for over 100,000 USD. [10] By the end of the 20th century the motorcycles of this era were lauded as works of art, being featured for example in the prestigious Guggenheim Museums. [11]

Sotheby's is a British founded American multinational corporation headquartered in New York City. One of the world's largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles, Sotheby's operation is divided into three segments: auction, finance, and dealer. The company's services range from corporate art services to private sales. It is named after one of its cofounders, John Sotheby.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 913 Sears Dreadnaught V-Twin Share Mail-order motorcycling, from Indiana to your doorstep
  2. National Motorcycle Museum Featured Motorcycle 1913 Sears De Luxe Dreadnought Twin
  3. Old Motorcycles Take the Stage By JIM McCRAW Published: September 14, 2001
  4. 1912 SEARS De Luxe Dreadnaught Twin
  5. 1912 SEARS De Luxe Dreadnaught Twin
  6. 1912 SEARS De Luxe Dreadnaught Twin
  7. 1 2 3 4 Sears 1913 9HP Dreadnaught 1157cc 2 cyl ioe
  8. National Motorcycle Museum Featured Motorcycle 1913 Sears De Luxe Dreadnought Twin
  9. Spacke And the CycleCar Era
  10. American Motorcyclist Dec 2001
  11. Old Motorcycles Take the Stage By JIM McCRAW Published: September 14, 2001

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