Stanley Steamer 1901.

Two Identical twins, FE and FO Stanley set out in 1897 making steam powered car which was then the most proven motive technology.

The Stanley Steamer was an improved model of the earlier steam cars made by the twins, which then featured a tubular chassis frame with a light wooden buggy body. The vertical boiler was place under the double seat, a copper fire tubes with a vaporizing petrol burner underneath. Drive went from the engine crankshaft to a rear mounted differential by chain.

It was a successful design before the company was bought over for $250.000, but the new owners lacked the Stanley touch and later sold the company back to the brothers at loss of $20.000 in 1901.

The brothers set about to make an improved model of the Stanley Steamer which featured a new horizontally mounted engine with the gear direct to the back axle. The boiler which was underneath the double seat was later shifted to the front.

In 1906, a special one was driven by Fred Marriot across Daytona Beach, US at 205,447kph (127.659mph). That record for a steam powered car remained unbroken for over a century.

Stanley Steamer


Year: 1901

Place of origin: Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Historical Status: Production Car

Engine: Twin cylinder, 1,460cc (89ci)

Layout: mid-front mounted engine driving the rear wheel

Bodywork: 2+2 open roundabout tourer

Top speed: 56kph (35mph)

Number built: 1,500 (up to 1904)