Tuesday, December 01, 2009

If the look of a 100 year old car doesn't entrance you...., you might not be a car guy

This time warp Stanley was originally purchased by a manufacturer of roller skates. It was used in business until replaced by another vehicle, then stored away in a barn.
Discovered many years later, it was purchased by a series of collectors through 1981. Virtually unchanged since it was built, the car has been considered “too good to restore” by many enthusiasts and has served as an authentic reference for restoration of many other cars.

The car is all in original condition, with vestigial hints of the original green paint visible on the wood body. The fenders are thin strips of bent wood, and are unmarred. The black leather seats are entirely original and well preserved, with the exception of the bottom front cushions, which have been covered to prevent further deterioration. The brass lighting is all correct and unblemished, though tarnished.

It was put into running order by replacing the boiler with a modern reproduction, although the original is included with the car. The burner was rebuilt and the car has participated in several high-profile events, including the centennial observance of F.O. Stanley’s first ascent of Mt. Washington in 1999. It served as the model for Ken Dallison artwork on a 12-cent U.S. postage stamp issued in 1985. It also was featured at the 2006 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where it proved a spectators’ favorite, particularly on the Friday tour for steam cars.
To see what it would look like restored: http://www.saratogaautomuseum.com/exhibits.php?CID=73 and a gallery of similar pre-ww1 cool old cars

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