Selden Motor Vehicle Company

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The Selden Motor Vehicle Company was an early American manufacturer of automobiles. The Company, founded in 1905, was based in Rochester, New York.


The Selden Motor Vehicle Company was founded by George B. Selden, whose 1877 patent was the first U.S. patent of a "horseless carriage" and thus, controversially, is considered the inventor of the automobile. (Misleading: Selden developed his engine by 1877 & filed for a patent in 1879, which because of numerous later amendments was not granted until 1895.)

The company produced cars for only three years, from 1909 through 1912. In 1913 the company was reorganized towards the production of trucks, where it had significantly more success, producing trucks until the company's sale to the Hahn Motor Truck Company of Hamburg, Pennsylvania, in 1930. Hahn and Selden went out of business in 1932.


A 1911 Selden Advertisement - Model 46, Six-passenger, Tandem Torpedo, Price $2,600 - Syracuse Post-Standard, January 28, 1911

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  • Barnes, J. W. (1981, April). Rochester and the Automobile Industry. Rochester History, XLIII