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1900 Locomobile Steam Car - $20K


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Could this be real? Pretty neat and the star of any cars and coffee either way. 

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/d/ontario-1900-locomobile-steam-car/7507559687.html

1900 Locomobile Steam Car
Good Condition-
Contact Larry: 909 917 4679

 

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Just as genuine as that boattail speedster parked in front of it…… plain as the nose on your face. 

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Could it be a Lykamobile from Steam Traction World ?

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It’s what we call a TURD in car collecting circles. And yes, that IS a polite description.

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Google: steamtractionworld. A very interesting website. 

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11 hours ago, edinmass said:

It’s what we call a TURD in car collecting circles. And yes, that IS a polite description.

I (obviously) know nothing about circa 1900 steam cars, but I do admire the skill and craftsmanship of who ever put this together.

Easy to make a phoney plastic boat tailed Auburn...this took some thinking. 

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Steam Traction World offers them and other steam engines in kit form. Check out their website.

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In one of their many, many exchanges on radio, there's a great clip of Jack Benny attempting to sell his Maxwell to Fred Allen. 
 

This Locomobile brought back one of Fred's retorts to Jack about his car:

 

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"You don't think you can pawn that tin nightmare off on me, I hope! The engine in that steam cabinet is so dead, the front wheels are nothing but rubber pallbearers."

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14 hours ago, edinmass said:

It’s what we call a TURD in car collecting circles. And yes, that IS a polite description.

Is TURD an acronym for something?

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For comparison, here is a picture of an 1899 Locomobile

which appeared at an AACA national meet when our

region hosted it.  It was owned by one of our local members.

The "1900" pictured looks unauthentic to me.

 

By the way, "Loco-" means place.  At this time, various

names were being proposed for the new self-propelled

invention, and "locomobile" was a generic name.

Locomobile Company of America was the chosen name

for the company that manufactured that product, locomobiles,

just as the National Cash Register Company made cash registers.

 

1899 Locomobile..JPG

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yes that is the kit produced several years ago, the original one John pictured is mine. Those kits were fun, relatively easy to build and run. Great

fun for the right person without the usual hassles. No, wouldn't have one in my shop but can see the modern steam appeal.

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No John it is now sitting in a museum. Although a beautiful car it had some very basic design issues. I was unwilling to

make these changes ,for historical reasons, so it couldn't have been a reliable tour car, just go for on and off the show field.

I am still grateful to my friend the late Sterling Walsh for passing the job on to me

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