Does anyone know of a parts vendor that still sells the Seldon Patent plate? I have a non-Ford and am looking for one. Seems like I used to see them advertised years ago.
Here's a repop on ebay.
I know a guy in the Rochester,NY area that has a unrestored Seldon Touring car sitting in his garage. Its does run and he does drive around once and a while.
Thanks Jay. Ouch, I didn't know they were that rare. ($145) Maybe I'll just invest in Dodge speedometers instead.
Best to all.
That repro Selden plate should still be available from someone. It is not a perfect duplicate of the original.
There was a fellow replicating them and doing extensive research on the numbers assigned to cars. He will not sell you one if your car never had one as he re-assigns the right numbers to the cars that need them. Apparently he has all the existing records of the Seldon plates. I spoke to him years ago regarding my 1905 Queen, but it never had a Seldon plate according to his records. Blomstrom motors were not a big enough fish to go after by Seldon according to his records.
I do not have his contact info anymore. Perhaps one of the other members here can help fill in the blanks.
My info here could be slightly wrong as I'm going by memory.
The plate on ebay has the incorrect font for the assigned number. The fellow I spoke about can make them exactly like the originals. The plate is a fairly good repro. The Seldon plate guy's are perfect.
Thanks for the input. The third photo in the ebay add has a serial number that the first picture doesn't have. It may be an original and not like the repop he is selling.
I remember them being sold along with Model T patent plates for about the same price. My Buick can get along without one for now. It's surprising what supply and demand can do.
Here is an original. Notice that the "D in "UNDER" in the reproduction is reversed.
I bought a reproduction Selden Patent plate from Vintage Brass Works (Ron & Ludwig Gocek)
604 Creamery Rd.,Nazareth,PA 18064
It had a number stamped in the lower left corner.
I bought this for a 1906 Cadillac that I am restoring.
I think the price was around $30,I will look for my receipt to check the price.
The fellow that Darren was talking about,I tried contacting him by email,no responce.
Rich,I will contact you by PM
I wasn't aware that someone had the actual Selden plate records.
I do know that Tom Reese, who authored regular columns in the AACA magazine, wrote some articles in the 1990s on the Selden plates including a breakdown of the approximate range of serial numbers for each year they were issued (1903 - 1911) based on original plates that were still affixed to surviving automobiles.
Thank you Scott. I am checking into it per your PM.
You guys are great.
Thank you all.