1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098

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Lot 364
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer

£ 50,000 - 60,000
US$ 63,000 - 75,000
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer
Registration no. BF 5749
Chassis no. 24098
*One of the last Stanley 'Steamers' built
*Seven-seat tourer coachwork
*Restored in the 1960s
*New 30hp boiler fitted 2013

Footnotes

  • 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 steamer production ceased in the late 1920s.

    During motoring's pioneering period, when cars powered by electric batteries were successful as short-range town carriages and even shorter-range speed record breakers, steam and petrol alternatives seemed roughly equal in the struggle to achieve commercial dominance. The steam engine's ability to develop maximum torque at minimal revolutions meant steam cars did not need the demanding and noisy gear change systems required by a petrol engine. Neither did it depend upon those two most unreliable items: a carburettor and an ignition system. Also, because of its low-speed torque, a steam engine could be geared to run at revolutions below which vibration might intrude. It was quiet and clean, and for every rural engineer who understood petrol engines in those far-off days, there would be a hundred familiar with steam...

    This twin-cylinder, 20hp steamer dates from the final year of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company's existence; in receivership that year, Stanley was sold to the Steam Vehicle Corporation of America, which survived until its liquidation in 1929, by which time some 10,600 cars had been built. We are advised by the vendor that only four cars were built after this one; however, there is no record of their existence, so '24098' is considered to be the youngest surviving example.

    The car was restored to its present condition in the 1960s by Ernie Davignon, a well-known collector. Subsequently it was kept on blocks and not used much until Mark Smith of Vermont bought it from Davignon's estate in 1995. In 2006 the Stanley was taken to Florida where it took part in a Concours d'Élégance at Amelia Island. After taking the Stanley on tours for some 12 years, Mark Smith sold the car to the current vendors, who collected it from Southampton Docks in April 2012.

    A number of things needed attention, and the car was taken to J R Goold Vintage Steam Restorations Ltd of Camerton near Bath, a firm that had done some work for the vendors on a similar model of 1919. (Goold's are considered to be the most experienced specialists in the world of Sentinels and Stanleys). A new 30hp boiler was fitted, and a number of other improvements carried out at the same time.

    The vendors have enjoyed several years of trouble free steaming with this car. They have had steam engines in the family since 1969, and now feel that it is time to reduce the collection. Since they own another Stanley, they have decided to sell this one, the latest acquisition. Accompanying documentation consists of a V5C registration Certificate and a boiler inspection report dated 2nd August 2016 (next inspection due 28/07/2017).
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1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
1924 Stanley 750B 20hp Tourer  Chassis no. 24098
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