The Locomobile Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut was one of the most prestigious American cars in the early twentieth century. They came into being in 1899 selling a steam-powered runabout that was based on the Stanley steam car design. They switched from steam cars to gasoline powered vehicles in 1903. Unlike most automobile companies that produced a low priced model, Locomobile continued to produce only expensive luxury vehicles. The early reputation of the Locomobile Company was achieved through racing and technical triumphs. In 1908, they were the first American automobile to win the Vanderbilt Cup race held on Long Island. In 1912, the company introduced a superior straight six engine that remained a constant power plant until 1925. Acquired by Billy Durant in 1922 and added as the most expensive car in the Durant line, production ended in 1929.
This seven-passenger touring car, built on a 140″ chassis was priced new at $6,000, nearly ten times what a Ford Model T would have cost. It is one of the largest American cars built before World War I. It’s equipped with a pair of rare Warner Autometers: one for the driver – the other in the passenger area.