Bill Rigby's 1916 Model 22

1916 Milburn Light Electric
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Photos courtesy of Bill Rigby
Owner: William J. Rigby (Bill)
Email: Bill Rigby []
Location: Cooperstown, New York
Serial number (oval plate): 2-309-2 (square plate for Model 22)
Motor number (title): 455708
Body number (square plate): 304 (wood stampings in the body)
Model: Coupe
Wheels: Artillery
Color: Blue, with black fenders, upper body and running gear; cream wheels
Seating capacity: 4 -- Rear seat for 2; auxiliary, fold-down front seats for 2 additional under the windshield
Windows: Windshield and back glass lower into the body by means of leather straps, and door windows lower by crank
Steering control: Lever (tiller)
Speed control: Lever
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Forward speeds: 4
Reverse speeds: 2
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Brake systems: Dual band, rear axle only
Curb weight: 2,700 pounds
Instrumentation: Stewart Speedo datecode of "H" = 1916
Motor: 40 volts, speed 2100
Drive train: Worm
Controller: Drum switch type
Batteries: The car came with a set of Exide batteries with 1915 patent dates in the cell tops. I believe the cases are newer than the tops as I am sure these have been rebuilt many times over the years. The fellow I bought the car from got them second-hand out of an old tugboat. They still have a kick to them.
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Owner's remarks: My Milburn is a 1917 Coupe in running condition. The interior is about 98% original and in excellent condition. The exterior is a very old repaint. Both doors have a small monogram neatly painted on "J H S". There is a brass body plate fastened to the seat riser as well as a large wiring diagram glued to the underside of the trap door under the seat. It identifies the car as a Model 22 but is not dated. There is also a #304 stamped into the rear compartment lid wood cross member in 3/8" high numbers. This number also appears in chalk on the inside of the metal controller arm cover along with the words "rush order". I have owned it since about 1973. The car came from an estate in Massachusetts. I bought it from a friend of mine on Staten Island (he purchased it at the estate auction). I am the third owner. When I lived on Staten Island I had the car on display at the Richmondtown Restoration (a museum village) for many years. Bill Rigby

Research Note (by Myles Twete): This must be a 1916 Model 22 as Model 27's were being sold beginning in late 1916 as 1917 models.  It is also the 2nd earliest Model 22 known to exist.