1911 Stanley Steamer news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: 6052
F. E. Stanley's son Raymond was very interested in automobile design and this car bares his influence. Ray was only 16 when this 30 HP Special, #6052, was made. It is as described in the original serial book that has survived. Ray went on to Harvard and majored in design. Years later, Ray revealed this was his 2nd car and the first one he had a hand in designing. He also said he raced Abner Doble on Commonwealth Avenue (one of the few paved roads in Boston at the time) but he always beat me!
This car was delivered out of the Stanley family April 25, 1912, when Raymond's third car was ready. Part of his design wishes were accomplished by drop mounting the springs outboard of the wood frame instead of underneath it. The effect on this vehicle results in an appearance that is very unimposing which 30 HP Stanley's tended to be as they were usually large, expensive cars, especially compared to the more common smaller 10-20 HP models that made up well over 90% of total production during the coffin-nose era from 1905 through 1914.
Chassis Num: 6069
|Sold for $184,250 at 2008 RM Auctions.|
In 1901, the brothers began another steam-powered car business. The cars would have a horizontal, twin-cylinder, rear-mounted engine driving the rear axle through simple spur gears. The cylinder boiler was moved from under the seat to the front of the car in 1905. The cover for the boiler would become known as the 'Coffin-Nose', for its semi-circle front design.
In 1906, the fame of the Steamer was brought to new levels when a car driven by Fred Marriot at Ormond Beach reach an incredible speed of 127.66 mph and capturing the land speed record.
This example of the Stanley Steamer is a Model 63 which originally retailed for $1,125. It has a four-seater Toy Tonneau coachwork which was built by the Stanleys themselves. It has an 18-inch boiler and double-acting, twin-cylinder engine giving it 10 horsepower.
It is believed that this vehicle spent most of its early life in the New England area. It was later owned by the well-known collector Cameron Bradley, and then Austin 'Austie' Clark Jr. where it was shown in his Long Island Auto Museum. The current owner purchased the car at the Austin Clark Museum auction in September of 1972.
In 2005 the car was treated to a complete nut-and-bolt restoration. The chassis and body had warped over the years so replicated coachwork was created and attached to the original hardware.
In 2008 this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $175,000 - $225,000. Those estimates were proven accurate as a high bid of $184,250, including buyer's premium, was enough to secure new ownership. The lot was sold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008
Chassis Num: 6076
Engine Num: 6-685
|Sold for $165,000 at 2012 RM Auctions.|
Mr. Christopher Hutchins, of Brewer, Maine became the car's next caretaker and entrusted Paul Russell Co. to bring it back to its original glory. The coachwork was entrusted to Mark Herman, the boiler to Don Bourdon, upholstery to Mike Curley, and plumbing assistance was provided by Charlie Johnson. The original toy tonneau body was finished in Brewster Green with yellow wood-spoke wheels, chassis, and suspension. original equipment includes Rushmore Searchlight headlamps with the correct Prest-O-Lite acetylene tank; the original E&J side lamps, taillight, and instrument light are powered by kerosene. The four passenger seats were re-done to the original pattern in black leather. The top was recovered. Upon completion, the car was taken to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1997 where it was awarded a Second in Class. The following year it successfully completed in the 'Steaming through The Rockies' rally.
Bill Ruger Jr. became the cars next caretaker, adding several features to enhance the car's durability. Upgrades included heavier connecting rods, crank throws, piston rods, and wrist pins, which corrected some inherent weaknesses in the 10 horsepower engines. Another upgrade was called an economizer, which builds steam faster by utilizing exhaust heat, and a new exhaust duct feedwater heater, which was not originally used in 1911 but was incorporated by Stanley in 10 horsepower cars by 1914.
In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the St. Johns Concours auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $125,000-$175,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $165,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
Chassis Num: 5950
|Sold for $134,750 at 2013 RM Auctions.|
This Stanley Model 63 Toy Tonneau is powered by a 10 horsepower, double-acting, two-cylinder steam engine. There are two-wheel mechanical drum brakes and a wheelbase that measures 104 inches. The car was acquired by Mr. Herrala from the estate of Carl S. Amsley in 1998. Mr. Amsley, of St. Thomas, PA was renowned in the steam hobby as a restorer and fabricator of automobiles. He is remembered as putting more Stanleys on the road than any other person.
It is believed that this Toy Tonneau was re-bodied before Amsley purchased it. All models, until 1915, were built in the manner of carriages, with the body and chassis a single unit made of wood. Later models were often bodied in aluminum. The suspension, axles, and engine were mounted to this wood assembly. This put considerable strain on the wood, often requiring a high quality restoration that most often involved a new body.
When Mr. Herrala purchased the vehicle, it was completed and running. Mr Herrala set about making it both reliable for touring and competitive on the show field. It was treated to a complete restoration, which included a new boiler from Bourdon Boiler Works in Vermont. Upon completion, the car made its debut in January of 2006 at the Stanley Speed Record Centennial celebration at Ormond Beach, Florida.
Many AACA awards followed, including First Junior at Binghamton, New York, in 2007. It achieved a First Senior award at Hershey in 2008. In 2010, it received a Grand National First at New Bern, North Carolina.
The car is finished in correct Brewster Green with gold pinstriping and yellow running gear. It is upholstered in buttoned black leather and has a full top in black canvas. There are brass lamps, horn and windshield, along with a multi-tone steam whistle.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2013
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