1901 American Steamer 5hp Two Seater Runabout  Chassis no. SW 24702 PA
Lot 610
1901 American Steamer 5hp Two Seater Runabout
Registration no. BS 8171 Chassis no. SW 24702 PA
Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 36,921) inc. premium

Lot Details
1901 American Steamer 5hp Two Seater Runabout  Chassis no. SW 24702 PA 1901 American Steamer 5hp Two Seater Runabout  Chassis no. SW 24702 PA 1901 American Steamer 5hp Two Seater Runabout  Chassis no. SW 24702 PA 1901 American Steamer 5hp Two Seater Runabout  Chassis no. SW 24702 PA
1901 American Steamer 5hp Two Seater Runabout
Registration no. BS 8171
Chassis no. SW 24702 PA

Footnotes

  • There are few cars that confound the experts on the V.C.C. Dating Panel, however this car claims just that distinction. For many years it had been exhibited in the Reynolds Transportation Museum in Alberta, Canada, where it was identified as a Milwaukee Steamer. In 1987, as part of a rationalisation of that museum, this steam car was one of a number of vehicles offered for sale. It passed through the hands of Pennsylvania enthusiast, Ralph Hall, prior to acquisition by V.C.C. member and V.S.C.C. Past President, Barry Clarke, arriving in the U.K. in 1988. The car was in entirely original, unmolested condition and had obviously been in storage for many years.

    Research showed that the double-acting, twin-cylinder engine, with bore and stroke of 2 ½ ins x 3 ½ ins specification, did not correspond with any known Milwaukee models. Further research indicated that The Pollard Collection in Detroit had probably acquired the car in the 1950’s from the Estate of Carl Amsley of Florida. The integrity of the car was unquestioned, however the identity remained a mystery. The restoration of all steam equipment was entrusted to renowned steam ‘guru’, John Goold, the work carried out including fitting of a new boiler, reconditioning of the engine and reconditioning/replacement of all other steam items, at a cost of approximately £12,000. Careful conservation of the other elements of the car was carried out and new solid tyres fitted.

    The car subsequently participated in four London to Brighton Veteran Car Runs before acquisition by the present owner who, in 2007 completed, fifty miles of the event, a perfect finish being prevented only by the failure of a ¼ inch pin in the water pump.

    This steamer is offered with a V.C.C. Dating Certificate (No.2201), and is designated as a 1901 American-built Steam Car. The car is U.K. registered with Swansea as a Hoyt, which the owner believed it to be at the time of registration. It is offered with a new boiler certificate, MoT and road fund licence and a history file recording previous ownership and research.

    The car is attractively finished in blue livery with black chassis detail, equipped with brass oil lighting and has deep-buttoned leatherette upholstery. As well as qualifying for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and single and twin cylinder events organised by the Veteran Car Club, this steamer is also highly eligible for the activities of the extremely active Steam Car Club of Great Britain.

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