Locomobile History

The Locomobile Company, founded by Amzi L. Barber and John Brisben Walker, produced automobiles from 1899 through 1929 and based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. A deal with the Stanley Steamer Company allowed the Locomobile Company to produce steam-powered vehicles of their own design. Their buggies sold well; however, the steam powered design did have shortcomings which began to give the Locomobile Company a bad name. The steam designs were prone to accidents such as exploding or catching on fire. At times, they were unreliable. Many of the water tanks were too small and proved to be inadequate to meet many travelers' needs. Within a few years the company began experimenting with combustion engines. By 1902 the company was offering both steam and combustion engines to their consumers. Within a year, they were no longer selling steam-powered cars.

The name 'Locomobile' had been pieced together from the words 'Locomotive' and 'Automobile'. The union of these two words led to the word 'Locomobile'.

During the early 1900's the company offered a variety of bodystyles including the Runabout which had seating for two. The attractive price tag helped boost sales. The Touring Car version added additional seating and a tonneau cover which helped shield the occupants from the elements. The four-cylinder engine with around 16 horsepower helped carry the 2200 pound steel-framed vehicle to respectable speeds.

In 1908 Locomobile entered an international race where they emerged victories and captured the Vanderbilt Cup. This earned them the title of the first United States Company to build an automobile that won an international event.

The company continued to improve their offerings and by the early 1920's had created a reputation for providing luxury cars that had superior performance.

In 1922 the Locomobile Company was acquired by the Durant Motors Company though the name 'Locomobile' would persist on new vehicles until 1929.

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