<i>Offered from nearly 80 year ownership, one of three known original survivors</i><BR /><B>1901 Locomobile Style 5 "Locosurrey"</B><BR />Chassis no. 4507

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Lot 248
Offered from nearly 80 year ownership, one of three known original survivors
1901 Locomobile Style 5 "Locosurrey"

Sold for US$ 121,000 inc. premium
Offered from nearly 80 year ownership, one of three known original survivors
1901 Locomobile Style 5 "Locosurrey"
Chassis no. 4507

57ci Two-cylinder reversing type steam engine
Fire tube boiler
Direct drive
2-service brake bands and 2-wheel brake bands

*A remarkable, benchmark example of the rarest early Locomobile
*Extremely complete and unmolested
*Nearly 80 year ownership in good storage conditions
*Never before offered publicly


THE LOCOMOBILE

One of the most important early makes in US motoring history, the Locomobile Company got its start producing steam carriages with the Stanley Brother's design. In 1899 The Stanley's unveiled their smartly designed steam motor carriage. The exceedingly simple (by steam car standards) design proved a good fit for the American public, exhibiting good hill climbing potential and ease to keep running. The downside was a rather strong appetite for water thus the non-condoning design required frequent fill ups. Despite the thirst the steamers proved popular and Locomobille became the largest motor vehicle producer in America.

By late 1900 a need to expand offerings was seen and a new more robust four seat steam carriage was introduced. The Style 5 or more commonly referred to as, the Locosurrey, became the new bigger Locomobile.

The chassis rode on robust hubs with reinforced axles. To handle the extra mass, an improved braking system consisting of four bands - two at the differential and two on the rear wheels was added, topped by an elegantly constructed body to keep the appearance of the famous Loco with an additional seat.

The Locosurrey however, never became much of a sales success, and its status today is extremely rare.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The elusive Locosurrey has long been a prize of early steam collectors. Believed to be one of only 3 genuine survivors, this is the most original. To call this a time warp is a bit of an understatement. This remarkably unmolested example even has three of its original tube tires!

The Locomobile was purchased by its owner nearly 80 years ago in the late 1930s. Likely found in the Bloomington, Indiana area, it remained parked alongside other fine machines that were saved long before most people ever thought of collecting automobiles. Fortunately, its custodian never had the temptation to restore the Locomobile—the fate most cars in the hobby this long have had.

Close examination shows its remarkable completeness down to its distinctive original lamps and with their beautifully preserved, delicate Bakelite handles. Having been well cared for and kept inside by its owner since the late 1930s, the Loco is a great candidate for a sympathetic conservation treatment.

Truly the benchmark Locosurrey and one of the finest original American steamers we have ever seen, this is the Holy Grail for an enthusiast of early American automobiles—one of the rarest and most desirable models in breathtaking original condition. Having been totally untouched and not seen the light of day for close to 80 years, this is certainly an unrepeatable opportunity.
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<i>Offered from nearly 80 year ownership, one of three known original survivors</i><BR /><B>1901 Locomobile Style 5 "Locosurrey"</B><BR />Chassis no. 4507
<i>Offered from nearly 80 year ownership, one of three known original survivors</i><BR /><B>1901 Locomobile Style 5 "Locosurrey"</B><BR />Chassis no. 4507
<i>Offered from nearly 80 year ownership, one of three known original survivors</i><BR /><B>1901 Locomobile Style 5 "Locosurrey"</B><BR />Chassis no. 4507
<i>Offered from nearly 80 year ownership, one of three known original survivors</i><BR /><B>1901 Locomobile Style 5 "Locosurrey"</B><BR />Chassis no. 4507
<i>Offered from nearly 80 year ownership, one of three known original survivors</i><BR /><B>1901 Locomobile Style 5 "Locosurrey"</B><BR />Chassis no. 4507
<i>Offered from nearly 80 year ownership, one of three known original survivors</i><BR /><B>1901 Locomobile Style 5 "Locosurrey"</B><BR />Chassis no. 4507
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