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I'm new here and I'd like to add a story about a neighbor I had in So Calif. He has long passed away, but I have a hunch one of you may have known him. His name was Jack Wadsworth. As a young man he worked for Sears. I'm thinking in the 20s? While working there he purchased an Allstate/Sears car. In our neighborhood we have huge backyards, as it use to be horse property. Jack had about 4 garages, where he kept his cars. He had an old Olds with wooden spoke rims and some type of disassembled plane. He and his wife would ship a car to England, fly over and go on rallies with other car owners. They even wore the garb of the day. I would not be at all surprised if he was a member here, but he may have passed before the web. Did anyone know Jack Wadsworth?

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Sears sold cars twice in their history. The first was the AutoBuggy of 1909-13. They were knocked down, crated, and shipped by rail to your town, where you'd put it together. I don't remember the museum, but there's at least one such Sears still in the crate on display. The second time was early 1950's, the Henry J automobile.

Good luck in your search for info on JW......

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Sears sold cars twice in their history. The first was the AutoBuggy of 1909-13. They were knocked down, crated, and shipped by rail to your town, where you'd put it together. I don't remember the museum, but there's at least one such Sears still in the crate on display. The second time was early 1950's, the Henry J automobile.

Sears first effort here------> http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?46927-Orphan-of-the-Day-12-13-1909-Sears-Model-K&highlight=1909+sears

Second effort here------> http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?46900-Orphan-of-the-Day-12-12-1952-Allstate&highlight=1909+sears

Craig

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A good friend of mine and a professional restorer did an early Sears car a few years back. I had an opportunity to ride in it around the Hershey flea market area prior to it's restoration, what an experience!

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Yes it was definitely called "The AllState". The Allstate was a badge engineered version of the Henry J American automobile that was offered for sale through Sears, Roebuck during the 1952 and 1953 model years.

For more information on the Sears Motorbuggy, check out the Sears Motorbuggy Website at http://SearsMotorBuggy.com

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Yes it was definitely called "The AllState". The Allstate was a badge engineered version of the Henry J American automobile that was offered for sale through Sears, Roebuck during the 1952 and 1953 model years.

For more information on the Sears Motorbuggy, check out the Sears Motorbuggy Website at http://SearsMotorBuggy.com

Mr Wadsworth was quite proud of his car....

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Growing up in Los Angeles I remember Jack Wadsworth as being a member of the Southern California (SoCal) Region of the Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) when I was young. He used to participate in many tours in including the 1 and 2 cylinder tours and was a regular fixture at the club's famous Holiday Motor Excursions. This was about 25-30 years ago. (Yikes, how time flies!!!!)

Maybe someone who is still in this regional group can provide information on him. Here is a link to their website:

http://www.hccsc.info/

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Growing up in Los Angeles I remember Jack Wadsworth as being a member of the Southern California (SoCal) Region of the Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) when I was young. He used to participate in many tours in including the 1 and 2 cylinder tours and was a regular fixture at the club's famous Holiday Motor Excursions. This was about 25-30 years ago. (Yikes, how time flies!!!!)

Maybe someone who is still in this regional group can provide information on him. Here is a link to their website:

http://www.hccsc.info/

Wow, thanks for your response. Yes, this was years ago. My daughter is 37 and she was 4 when he told her, "when you get married, I'll drive you in my Oldsmobile." He was a great guy and FULL of car info. When he passed Mrs Wadsworh had a garage sale to end all garage sales.....Thanks again.

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I used to own a Sears AutoBuggy, it was a beautiful thing (AACA First) but not a good tour car! Of course, where I lived at the time there were no 1 and two cylinder tours, either. Also, I lived on an old original brick road in my hometown in Louisiana, and you've never driven "by the seat of your pants" until you've driven a hard wheel high-wheeler on a worn brick road....very exciting!

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We fixed this one........the shaft that the disc slides on had a big boo boo in the shaft.

SearsShaft.JPGSears.JPG

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I know of a couple of towns that still have brick streets here and there. Driving any vehicle on them is a memorable experience. I can only imagine how it would be in a high-wheeler. Never the less, I love seeing the Sears and Holsman and International Harvester high-wheelers at shows.

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My father has owned a Sears since 1968. He has driven it on 100+ mile tours. It is a very reliable and easy to drive car, it's just slow. It will run at 20 mph all day long.

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My father has owned a Sears since 1968. He has driven it on 100+ mile tours. It is a very reliable and easy to drive car, it's just slow. It will run at 20 mph all day long.

You know what they say, "a Kenmore will run forever."

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