1910 Stanley Steamer 10hp Five-passenger Tourer

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Lot 285
1910 Stanley Steamer 10hp Five-passenger Tourer
Registration no. Car no. 6103

Sold for £ 32,775 (US$ 45,080) inc. premium
1910 Stanley Steamer 10hp Five-passenger Tourer
Registration no. Car no. 6103
Francis E. and Freeland O. Stanley were identical twins with a technical bent, their Stanley Dry Plate Co., being famed for manufacture of photographic equipment, however they were fascinated at the end of the 19th Century by the rapid development of propelled transport, taking a particular interest in the steam engine. During motoring’s pioneer period, while battery-electrics were successful as a short-range town carriage and even shorter range speed-record breakers, steam and petrol cars were evenly matched in the duel to achieve commercial dominance.
The Stanley brothers built their first steam car in Lewiston, Maine, in 1887, however shot to fame in 1898 with a spectacular demonstration of a fragile steamer at Charles River Park which resulted in sufficient orders to establish manufacture on a firm footing in Watertown, near Boston. The Stanley brothers sold their first successful design to J B Walker who manufactured the Stanley-designed Locomobile Steamer, however in 1902 an all-new Stanley was launched with rear-mounted boiler and non-condensing engine driving direct to the rear axle. This new model was to re-launch Stanley as the prime-mover in the steam car market which they dominated until 1927. In 1906 the coffin-like nose, concealing a boiler, first appeared and wheel steering replaced the tiller which had been a notable feature of the early models. Record breaking continued apace and Fred Marriott achieved a World’s Land Speed Record in the Stanley Woggle-Bug racer at 127.66mph for the flying measured mile. The twin cylinder 10hp car was the mainstay of production although 20hp, 25hp and 30hp models were also offered and sold successfully. The 30hp Mountain Wagon is considered to be the Rolls-Royce of the steam car world.
This twin-cylinder 10hp car, bearing Car No.6103, suggesting it to be of c.1910/1911 manufacture, is believed to have been acquired for the Lips Collection from the United States, the late Max Lips relying on the advice and expertise of American steam-buff Gordon Rosekilly of California to source steam vehicles for the Collection. The steamer is attractively presented in red livery with black wings and superb black buttoned leather upholstery. The coachwork is equipped with Magondeaux Namur brass acetylene headlamps, oil side lamps and two-piece brass folding windscreen with a fully enveloping beige hood. The smooth, silent and brisk performance of the Stanley is well-catered for by full-elliptic front and rear suspension, designed for the rougher American roads. The familiar array of steam controls is complemented by a more traditional Jones 0-60mph dashboard speedometer.
The Steam Car Club of Great Britain is perhaps the most active club in the world dedicated to steam car motoring which currently enjoys a huge resurgence of interest, with excellent and regular events and much steam expertise shared amongst its members. This Stanley will be a most welcome addition to its ranks. It has not been run for a number of years and the usual careful checks will be essential prior to active steaming.
1910 Stanley Steamer 10hp Five-passenger Tourer
1910 Stanley Steamer 10hp Five-passenger Tourer
1910 Stanley Steamer 10hp Five-passenger Tourer
1910 Stanley Steamer 10hp Five-passenger Tourer
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