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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. It was purchased in Glendale, California in 1937 from a fellow who, despite the car’s fine condition, was fearful of the Stanley’s boiler pressure. A lifelong aficionado of steam technology, Mr. Buess was among the 17 founding members of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, and this Stanley was the car with which he attended most of the club meets between 1937 and 1946. In 1947, the Runabout took its place, among six other Stanleys, on static display in the collection.
The current owner acquired this steamer from the Buess family in 2010, and Fred A. Buess Jr. assisted in returning the steamer to working order. Although the seat leather and top fabric have deteriorated some over the years, overall the car is presentable to enjoy and display. It is extremely rare that an unrestored Stanley that has been so lovingly preserved comes to market, and it would be a particular prize for any steam devotee.