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Stanley Steam Car

From Graces Guide
November 1908. 10 h.p. steamer.
1908.
November 1909.
July 1910.
May 1913.
1918. Model 735. Exhibit at the Glasgow Museum of Transport.
c1919. Model 735 7-seater. Exhibit at Glasgow Museum of Transport.
July 1921.
1922. Stanley 740D.
1922. Stanley 740D.
Reg No: EL 1004.
Reg No: Q724 RRP.
Reg No: Q724 RRP.
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American twins Francis E. Stanley (1849–1918) and Freelan O. Stanley (1849–1940) produced their first steam car in 1897.

1899 March. Announce the one hundredth order for their steam waggons.[1]

They later sold the rights to their early design to Locomobile, and in 1902 they formed their own Stanley Motor Carriage Company, starting production in 1902.

At first, production was limited, but it rose to 500 cars in 1917.

Their cars were referred to as Stanley Steamers. Steam was generated in a vertical fire-tube boiler, initially mounted beneath the seat, with a vaporizing petrol (later, kerosene) burner underneath. The boiler was reinforced by several layers of piano wire wound around it.

When the steam boiler was moved to the front of the vehicle, the owners dubbed it the 'coffin nose'.

1903 See Joseph Cockshoot and Co.

In order to improve range, condensers were used, beginning in 1915.

A Stanley Steamer broke the world record for the fastest mile in a steam car (28.2 seconds).

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book.

1913 April. Advert for the Stanley Steamer in Autocar and gives address of Gateshead or Ashtead, Surrey. [2]

The last car was made in 1926 [1924?].

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