1905 Woods Electric Vehicle Sells At Auction For Almost $100,000

SEP 29 2015 BY JAY COLE 27

This weekend, a 110-year old electric vehicle sold for almost $100,000 (USD) at auction.

1905 Woods Electric Queens Victoria Brougham (Image via

1905 Woods Electric Queens Victoria Brougham (Image via Bonhams)

The vehicle in question was a 1905 Woods Electric Queens Victoria Brougham, the only copy known to exist.

By the time the hammer had dropped, it had sold for DKK 632,500 (Danish Krone), or about $95,400 USD as reported by GizMag

As per auction site Bonhams:

“The car on offer is an extremely rare survivor. It is believed to be the only 1905 Woods Electric Style 214A Queen Victoria Brougham in existence.

The cab is removable for open-air touring and seats two passengers in close comfort when closed. The wheelbase is a short 73 inches, the advertised weight was 2,600 pounds and the silent top speed is in the region of 30 mph. The car has been fitted with a modern charging mechanism and lightweight batteries which provide a useful touring range. Due to its rarity and technical novelty, this 1905 Woods will provide a fascinating conversation piece in any collection, as well as insight into early electrical motoring.”

1905 Woods Electric Queens Victoria Brougham (Image via

1905 Woods Electric Queens Victoria Brougham (Images via Bonhams)

Just as a point of interest surrounding when this car was built, electric vehicles were not a novelty item at all in the beginning of the last century.  By the time this particular vehicle rolled off Woods production line (which was capable of build about ~500 per year), over 35,000 were on US roads.

1905 Woods Electric Queens Victoria Brougham (Image via

1905 Woods Electric Queens Victoria Brougham (Image via Bonhams)

The Woods Motor Company ended up closing down in 1918, a victim of the more powerful and sturdier petrol vehicles; this was just two years after it produced its first gas-electric hybrid car, which were named “Dual Power” (U.S. Patent # 1244045).

1905 WOODS ELECTRIC QUEENS VICTORIA BROUGHAM

Chassis no. 2843
Style 214A Battery-powered Electric Motor
4-Wheel Full Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear Drum Brakes
Check out more details, and pictures of the Queens Victoria Brougham at Bonhams here.
Gizmag, hat tip to Fabian!

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27 Comments on "1905 Woods Electric Vehicle Sells At Auction For Almost $100,000"

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And they say EVs lose value quickly…

I dunno, does it come with a CCS adapter?

(Pushmi-Pullyu ducks)

If what Elon Musk is saying is true about battery tech it could very well be possible to give this car a 200 mile range in the future. But there are people adding Chamo chargers to existing Toyota RV4 electric cars. So pretty much that is not out of the question if someone wanted to do it for the idea of it.

OR, Tesla already has 300 mile range and FREE Nationwide, worldwide Super Charging.

No space for Teslas big batteries!

No fifth seat!

Or spare tire

Haha! Perfect. 😀

When will we see it drag race a Tesla?

What’s missing from the article is what speed and range and charging it had originally.

I hope you’re posting those links as sarcasm. Take an electric car from the early 1900s at its top speed (let’s say 30 MPH) and compare them to a LEAF at 30 MPH and we’ll see who has more range. Hint: Someone did over 500 miles on a Tesla at low speeds recently.

The point they were making is that improving technology can’t keep pace with our endlessly expandable desire for more speed, room, comfort, etc.

+1

Warren said:

“The point they were making is that improving technology can’t keep pace with our endlessly expandable desire for more speed, room, comfort, etc.”

Really? Seems like you’re reading into that whatever you want, regardless of what it actually says.

Here’s what the article in your first link actually says:

“Many of them had a range comparable to that of today’s EV’s.”

And that gross mischaracterization has been repeated all over the Internet by EV bashers, as an attempt to “prove” that EV tech hasn’t advanced at all in 100 years.

I love electric Broughams.

Established automakers have fallen behind Tesla in their plans to field a competitive battery electric vehicle.

Perhaps they could start by reverse-engineering a Woods Brougham, then promise to bring it to showrooms by 2020.

Jay Leno has a 1908(I think) Baker that he drives from time to time and it is basically the same as when built. (except for obvious items that needed replaced like batteries.)

As I recall, he does have an original Edison battery to go with his Baker Electric, but when he drives it he sensibly uses a more modern set of batteries.

Jay leno has enough money to allow him to drive without a motor by pulling the street past him.

“Woods Electric Queens Victoria Brougham…”

My inner Grammar Nazi says:

Shouldn’t that be Queen Victoria? I doubt Woods Electric named it after multiple queens…

Still more desirable (and more
practical) than a Toyota Mirai FCEV.

I would love to have an electric Brougham…

Goodbyegascar said:

“Still more desirable (and more
practical) than a Toyota Mirai FCEV.”

LOL! Some jokes are actually true… like this one.

Evidence that EV’s maintain their value?

My great aunt in Cleveland, owned a White electric in the late teens. I came later, but she described its operation. Even had two flower vases to make it a little more lady-like!