2011 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
34

c1901 Locomobile Runabout Steam Car

$40,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine Steam Engine
Gearbox Chain Drive
Body Work Runabout
Colour Black
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Wire Spoked
Brakes Single External Drum

Description

This lot is no longer available

Founded in 1899, the American Locomobile company went into business when John B. Walker, editor and publisher of Cosmopolitan magazine, bought a set of steam-propelled vehicle plans from the Stanley brothers. The story goes that Walker then sold a half-share to Amzi Barber and two weeks later moved on to other projects after an apparent falling out; leaving Barber to install the Stanley brothers as general managers of the Locomobile company. The engine was a two-cylinder design of 55ci (927cc), which produced 3.5 hp. Around 1000 steam-powered Locomobiles were produced between 1899 and 1902 before they were discarded in favour of internal combustion.