Sears Model P Light Delivery Car, 1911

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This Sears, Roebuck, and Co. Model P sold for $445 in 1911 and bears serial number 2785. The Model P originally had a removable rear seat so it could serve as a four-passenger motor surrey, but the museum's car would have served as a light-delivery wagon. This Model P was donated to the museum in 1965 by Truly Nolen from Tucson, Ariz. Nolen painted the name of his extermination company on the truck's side and used it as a mobile advertisement.
This vehicle has a two-cylinder, opposed, air-cooled engine and is rated at 14 horsepower. Internal parts are lubricated by a mechanical force-feed oiler in combination with a splash system. The finned cylinder castings are cooled by twin fans. There is a tiller for steering. There are two small levers on the steering column that control the carburetor and the spark. A six-gallon gas tank under the seat supposedly held enough gasoline for 150 miles of travel. A pair of oil side-lamps serve as headlights. The wooden-spoke wheels carry 38 by 2 inch solid rubber tires.
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United States: Arizona
overall: 5 1/2 ft x 5 3/16 ft x 10 5/16 ft; 1.6764 m x 1.57277 m x 3.14858 m
overall: 65 in x 62 3/4 in x 123 in; 165.1 cm x 159.385 cm x 312.42 cm
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Gift of Mr. Truly Nolen
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National Museum of American History


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