1913 Waverley Electric

Waverley Electric built in Indianapolis from 1898 to 1916.
Question
I’m looking for information about a 60HP 7-seater touring Waverley, made in 1913 and selling for about $3000.
Can you help direct me to sources that might tell me what that car looked like, how it ran, how many miles it could travel in an hour or a day?

Answer
Thanks for your inquiry re 1913 Waverley Electric.

One of the best references about the genesis of the American automobile is the “Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805 – 1942,” by Beverly Rae Kimes, C 1996. This reference is available at most good libraries.

The following are some notes from our book, “Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana,”

Waverley electrics were built in Indianapolis under four different corporate names: Indiana Bicycle Company (1898 1901), International Motor Car Company (1901-1903), Pope Waverley (1903 1907), and The Waverley Company (1908-1916). The first Waverley electric car was a two-passenger Stanhope with tiller steering, 36-inch wheels with pneumatic tires, and a single headlight.

1912 Silent Waverley

1912 Silent Waverley ad
The 1911 Model 81 Brougham’s interior was finished in broadcloth, broad lace and “Goat Morocco.” It used either solid or pneumatic tires, with side-lever steering and ran on Exide, Waverley, Edison batteries. Standard luxuries included a flower vase, two vanity cases with watch and salt bottles, a match safe and cigar holder, and a “convenient umbrella holder.” In 1912, Waverley offered the first front-drive electric. Popular models of the 1913 period were the Chelsea and the drop sill Victoria.

Most electrics, though almost noiseless, were annoyingly slow (5-25 m.p.h.) and their batteries needed recharging after a few hours of local use. Suitable for densely populated urban areas, electrics were seldom seen in the open country because of their limited traveling range (up to 75 miles). Although later Waverleys furnished a range between charges sufficient for two day’s average use the popularity of electric cars began to wane. Waverley electrics faded silently from the scene after 1916

I hope this helps.

Thanks for your question.

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