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  1. Nov 5, 2019 · George B Selden (right) drives an early automobile in 1905. In 1899, Selden sold his patent to the EVC (Electric Vehicle Company), which comprised a group of investors. They, in turn, sued the Winton Motor Carriage Company, the largest car manufacturer in the United States, for infringing on the Selden patent just by building gas-powered cars.

  2. Inspired by the mammoth internal combustion engine invented by George Brayton displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, Selden began working on a smaller, lighter version, succeeding by 1878, some eight years before the public introduction of the Benz Patent Motorwagen in Europe, in producing a one-cylinder, 400-pound …

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    • Businessman, inventor, lawyer
    • Inventing a version of the automobile
    • Henry R. Selden (father)
  3. May 8, 2018 · Selden’s patent drawing. Selden eventually found himself inspired by a large internal combustion engine invented by George Brayton and displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. By the following year, Selden had designed a smaller and modified version of that engine.

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  5. Nov 5, 2022 · November 5, 2022 George B. Selden driving an automobile in 1905 When patent lawyer George B. Selden first filed with the US Patent Office for an internal combustion engine on May 8, 1879, it included the application of the device on a four wheel vehicle. Selden named it the Road Engine.

  6. patent 549,160 was granted to George B. Selden as inventor of the automobile. Selden had filed his application on May 8, 1879, although he had not at that time built an automobile. He was successful in an effort to keep the patent pending for 16 years. Read More

  7. A car in the $2,000 to $2,500 (equivalent to $72,705 in 2021) price range, the Selden grew from a 109-inch wheelbase car to a 125-inch wheelbase. In 1911 George Selden's patent was declared unenforceable, and his factory had a fire that summer. Insurance covered the damages and production continued.

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