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Robert E. "Bobby" Sheldon built the first automobile in Alaska. He had only seen cars in pictures before. The Sheldon car used a two-stroke engine from a boat, wheels from a buggy, and seat cushions from bar stools.
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- Classic collection: Book provides detail, context to Fairbanks’ automobile museum
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- Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum spotlights Alaska’s first car
- Museum loan puts new spotlight on Alaska's first car
- Thatcher, Sharon (May 18, 2010), The Sheldon: Alaska’s first car, F+W Media, archived from the original on March 4, 2014, retrieved March 4, 2014
Sheldon drove from Fairbanks to Valdez in 1913, becoming the first civilian to do so. - Richardson Highway
Sheldon went on to become an Alaska road commissioner, lobbying to improve the Valdez Trail and the road system throughout the state. He served in Alaska’s Territorial Legislature, was a Fairbanks postmaster and served in the House of Representatives, First State Legislature, when Alaska was granted statehood. He died in 1983 at the age of 99. - The Sheldon: Alaska’s first car
Sheldon was also the manager of the Mount McKinley Tourist and Transportation Company. - History of the Concession at Denali National Park _____________________________________________________________________________
Known as Britain's oldest car manufacturers, Daimler became the official transportation of royalty in 1898, after the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, was given a ride on a Daimler by John Douglas-Scott-Montagu later known as Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. Scott-Montagu, as a member of parliament, also drove a Daimler into the yard of the British Parliament, the first motorised vehicle to be driven there.
In 1903, Undecimus Stratton met E. G. Jenkinson, the chairman of Daimler, when Jenkinson's Daimler was stranded by the roadside. Upon seeing the stranded motorist, Stratton stopped his Daimler and offered assistance. Jenkinson was impressed by Stratton and by his motoring knowledge. At the time, Jenkinson was looking to replace the head of Daimler's London depot, a particularly sensitive position because of the royal cars. Taking the position, Stratton soon found himself having to select better royal chauffeurs and mechanics. He quickly became an occasional motoring companion to the King. In 1908, through Stratton's Royal connections, Daimler was awarded a "Royal Appointment as suppliers of motor cars to the Court of Spain" by King Alfonso XIII and a Royal Warrant as "Motor Car Manufacturer to the Court of Prussia" by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Stratton also sold Daimlers to the Sultan of Johor. In 1911 he spent some weekends at Sandringham tutoring the new Prince of Wales on the workings and driving of an automobile.
By 1914 Daimlers were in the service of royal families including those of Great Britain, Russia, Germany, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Greece; its list of owners among the British nobility "read like a digest of Debrett"[who said this?]; the Bombay agent supplied Indian princes; the Japanese agent, Okura, handled sales in Manchuria and Korea.
In 1921 Stratton went into partnership with Daimler's commercial mangager Ernest Instone. Stratton and Instone took charge of the Daimler showrooms at 27 Pall Mall, naming the business Stratton-Instone. Stratton died in July 1929 after a brief illnessy. His successors and Instone bought out Daimler's interest in 1930 and renamed the business Stratstone Limited. The following summer the future King Edward VIII rented Stratton's house at Sunningdale from his widow.
A wide variety of engines were made in the earlier years. In an attempt to give some kind of indication of the complexities involved what follows is a list, by year of first supply, of the different engines in cars supplied to the King. In many cases a number of cars were supplied with the same engine and over a period of some years.
- 1899 6 hp 2-cylinder 1.527 litres
- 1901 12 hp 4-cylinder 2.324 litres TA
- 1903 22 hp 4-cylinder 5.733 litres TB
- 1904 22 hp 4-cylinder 5.702 litres TB
- 1904 28 hp 4-cylinder 6.786 litres TB
- 1905 30 hp 4-cylinder 7.246 litres TJ
- 1905 35 hp 4-cylinder 8.462 litres TK
- 1905 35 hp 4-cylinder 9.236 litres TK
- 1907 30 hp 4-cylinder 4.942 litres TO
- 1908 42 hp 4-cylinder 7.964 litres TC
- 1908 58 hp 4-cylinder 10.431 litres TC
- 1909 38 hp 4-cylinder 6.281 litres TC
- 1909 57 hp 6-cylinder 9.420 litres TC
- 1911 23 hp 6-cylinder 3.921 litres TA
- 1911 38 hp 6-cylinder 9.420 litres TH
- 1914 20 hp 4-cylinder 3.308 litres TO
- 1914 45 hp 6-cylinder 7.412 litres TB
- 1920 30 hp 6-cylinder 4.962 litres TL
- 1923 45 hp 6-cylinder 7.413 litres TJ
- 1924 20 hp 6-cylinder 2.648 litres C
- 1925 45 hp 6-cylinder 8.458 litres N "The largest production car in the world"
- 1926 35 hp 6-cylinder 5.764 litres R
- 1928 30 hp 12-cylinder 3.744 litres V Light Double Six
- 1929 25 hp 6-cylinder 3.568 litres V
- 1931 40/50 hp 12-cylinder 6.511 litres OP Double Six, fluid flywheel, self-changing gearbox
- 1935 25 hp 8-cylinder 3.746 litres Light Straight Eight
- 1935 50 hp 12-cylinder 6.511 litres Double Six
- 1936 32 hp 8-cylinder 4.624 litres Straight Eight
- 1937 24 hp 6-cylinder 3.317 litres EL24
After World War II, foreign monarchs[note 1] re-ordered to replenish their fleets.
Every British monarch from Edward VII to Elizabeth II has been driven in Daimler limousines. In 1950, after persistent transmission failures on the King's car, Rolls-Royce was commissioned to provide official state cars and as Daimlers retired they were not replaced by Daimlers. By the end of 1960 all the State Daimlers had been sold and replaced by Rolls-Royces. The current official state car is either one of a pair which were specially made for the purpose by Bentley, unofficial chauffeured transport is by Daimler. Her Majesty's own car for personal use is a 2008 Daimler Super Eight but she is also seen to drive herself in other smaller cars.
- Burgess-Wise, David, Cars for King and Court – Undecimus Stratton, p. 57
- Pigott, Peter (2005). Royal Transport: An Inside Look at the History of Royal Travel. Dundum Press. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-55002-572-9. Retrieved 2013-06-25. "In 1902, for Ascot week, the new King Edward VII ordered a second Daimler and honoured the company with a royal warrant."
- Burgess-Wise, David, Cars for King and Court – Undecimus Stratton, p. 56
- Burgess-Wise, David, Cars for King and Court – Undecimus Stratton, pp. 58-59
- Burgess-Wise, David, Cars for King and Court – Undecimus Stratton, p. 59
- Burgess-Wise, David, Cars for King and Court – Undecimus Stratton, p. 60
- Burgess-Wise, David, Cars for King and Court – Undecimus Stratton, p. 61
- The sun., January 28, 1912, SECOND SECTION, Page 3, Image 19, column 6
- Burgess-Wise, David, Cars for King and Court – Undecimus Stratton, p. 63