1914 Stellite 8/10 HP
The Stellite automobile was introduced in 1914 by the Electric and Ordinance Accessories Co., a division of Vickers Ltd. in the United Kingdom. Vickers was also a part of Wolseley Motors Ltd., and the Stellite was designed by Wolseley.
They were small, lightweight cars with wood frames and a 1.08 liter 4-cylinder F-head engine. Two models were produced: a four-passenger which used a three-speed transaxle drive and a two-passenger with a two-speed transaxle. While popular in the United Kingdom, the Stellite was virtually unknown in the United States. Production was discontinued during World War I, making these cars extremely rare today.
This two-passenger 'Stellie' Roadster was purchased by the present owner's father in Glasgow, Scotland in 1919.
This British-built car was purchased used, in 1919, by the current owners father, David Isquick, while still living in Glasgow, Scotland. I had always heard my father speak about "The Stellite" but I had never heard of one. I wrote a letter to the Editor of a British automobile weekly, the AÚTOCAR, seeking information about the Stellite car. I received a letter from a farmer in Kent, England, who mentioned that he knew of one being used as "Hen Roost" (Chicken-coop) by a neighbor farmer. He then provided me with his neighbor's name and address. I then corresponded with him and through England's permanent registration system, determined that this was, indeed, David Isquick's first car. The Kent farmer knew that I wanted that car and had a sense of humor! Instead of a cash purchase, he wanted me to pay for a new Hen Roost. A carpenter friend of his was there and when asked how much he would charge me for the new Hen Roost, replied, "150 pounds." In 1952, that amounted to $420 Ú.S. The car was shipped from London to Cleveland via Norwegian Motorship. It was the very first car to be shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway; the freight bill was $79. My father rode in his first car 35 years later. - "Scott & Pam Isquick"Source - The Cars Owner
This very rare car was purchased used in 1919 by the father of the current owner. After hearing his father speak kindly of 'The Stellie' he searched and found the car in England where it was being used as a chicken-coop. Instead of cash, the car was traded for a new chicken-coop. It has won countless awards from AACA, VMCCA and other local and national shows.