1904 Stanley CX 8hp Steam Runabout Registration no. A 358 Engine no. 0825
'When all was well, the little Stanley runabouts probably provided more pleasurable motoring than anything else on the market at the turn of the century - that is if they were handled properly - they ran very quietly and with that effortless smoothness which no petrol car of the time could rival. They were also quite lively...' - Anthony Bird, 1967. Francis E and Freeland O Stanley were identical twins, whose Stanley Dry Plate Company produced photographic equipment. The brothers also designed steam cars, experimenting with a solitary prototype in 1887 before reviving the project in 1897. By the following year they had completed three more, one of which completed a spectacular demonstration in Charles River Park, Boston where it successfully scaled an 80ft incline that had defeated its rivals. Orders for 200 cars resulted and the Stanleys were in business. That first design was sold to John Brisben Walker and manufactured as the 'Locomobile', while the Stanleys progressed to a non-condensing engine driving the rear axle directly, with a rear-mounted boiler, production of which commenced in 1902. With Mobile out of business by 1903 and Locomobile by that time making petrol-engined cars, Stanley dominated the market and continued to do so until 1927 when steamer production ceased. Stanley's sole UK agent was F Wilkinson of Manchester. This Stanley CX runabout has been in the current owner's possession since September 1986 having previously formed part of the private collection belonging to Leslie Goldsmith, who had acquired it in July 1961. Restored during previous ownership and maintained by Jeff Theobald, 'A 358' has been stored for the past five years and the boiler kept topped up, although it is recommended that it be de-scaled prior to further use. The car is offered with copies of Stanley-related literature, boiler details, lighting and running instructions, reprint of the original Sales brochure, old-style continuation logbook, various bills and drawings, current road fund licence, MoT to October 2012, Swansea V5C document and VCC dating certificate. Tubular steel torsion bars (replacing timber) and a propane gas pilot light are the only notified deviations from factory specification.
Please note, there is no rear lamp offered with this Lot.