2022 | London Auction
1910 Stanley Model 60 Runabout
£90,000 - £120,000| Without Reserve
Held for over 70 Years in the Buess Family Collection of Brass and Steam Cars
A Particularly Original Example with Astounding Patina
Equipped with Optional 25" Wheels and Fitted with Many Factory-Original Features
Complete with Rare Water Balance System, Vacuum Fuel Pump, and Gas-Fired Headlamps
Among the Most Desirable and Highly Original Stanley Steamers
3.25" Bore, 2-Cylinder Steam Engine
Rear-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Front Solid Axle with Elliptical Leaf Springs
Rear Live Axle with Elliptical Leaf Springs
Temporary UK Import
See UK Registration/Import Status Guide in catalogue.
The Stanley occupies a mythical place in early automotive history and is arguably the most famous of the era’s steam-powered cars. For 1910, the nimble and quick 10 hp Stanleys were a bargain at $850.
For over 70 years and three generations, this astonishingly original Stanley Runabout was a family favorite in the esteemed Fred Buess collection. Mr. Buess purchased the Runabout in 1937 from a fellow in Glendale, California, who, despite the car’s fine condition, was fearful of its boiler pressure. A lifelong aficionado of steam technology, Mr. Buess was among the 17 founding members of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, and he attended most of the club meets in this Stanley between 1937 and 1946. In 1947, the Runabout took its place, among six other Stanleys, on static display in the family’s collection.
The Stanley was sold from the Buess collection in 2010 and was carefully recommissioned to working order. Noted features still fitted to the Stanley from new are its water balance system and vacuum-powered fuel pump. While both are normally upgraded to more modern components on other examples, they appear original and operational on this Stanley. Acquired by the consignor in 2019, the Stanley has been road tested and even taken to lunch under current ownership, with significant care paid to preserving its incredible originality. It is extremely rare that an unrestored Stanley, which has been so lovingly preserved, comes to market, and it would be a particular prize for any steam devotee.