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Lot 130

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1910 Stanley Model 60 Runabout

SOLD $95,200

Estimate

$140,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

5332

Car Highlights

Held for over 70 Years in the Buess Family Collection of Brass and Steam Cars
A Particularly Original Example
Equipped with Optional 25" Wheels
Complete with Gas-Fired Headlamps
Sporting a Two-Seat Runabout Body

Technical Specs

3.25" Bore, 2-Cylinder Steam Engine
10 HP
Rear-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Full-Elliptical Leaf-Spring Suspension
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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.