Legacy Motors has unexpectedly come into possession of Franklin Mint's masterful 1:16 replicas of the 1868 Wells Fargo Stagecoach.
This stagecoach used to be first class travel in the frontier West.
The real thing weighed approximately 2100 pounds. With its most usual equine complement of three double teams, it packed six horsepower, 24-hoof drive. Top speed was 7 miles per hour, with daily mileage up to 120 miles. Any more than that and the passengers couldn't have stood more, let alone the horses.
Music was all the harmonica you could stand from the guy riding shotgun.
According to Tony Perrone's 1999 review of the 1868 Wells Fargo Stagecoach: This model is big, heavy, and in person, extraordinarily beautiful, measuring 10" in length, 5" in width and 7" in height! The wheels are diecast. Infinitely small pinstripes adorn them, the hubs and the undercarriage work. The steering, handbrake, doors and harnesses are functional. Genuine leather straps and window shades lend an authentic touch. The model comes with plenty of accessories, including a thirteen-piece set of luggage, suitcases, required strongbox, three double-barrel shotguns and a repeating rifle. Also included are a replica Express Route map, reward poster.
What about the horse team often teamed with the stagecoach? The coach and team are sold separately and no one knows when the factory will send the horses. But you don't want the horses without the coach, so better you buy the coach while you can.
1868 Well Fargo Stagecoach is here