The origins of the name ' Locomobile' were rooted in the company's early days, when they built steam-powered automobiles. In 1904, they switched to gasoline engines. By 1914, the Locomobile Company of America was established as one of the preeminent luxury automobiles. It didn't hurt that a factory-sponsored Locomobile race car - 'Old 16' - became the first American automobile to win the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup Race (in 1908).
This Locomobile touring car, a Type 38, was powered by a 63 horsepower (actual), six-cylinder T-head motor. The company adopted left hand drive for 1914.