7-8 October 2010
1905 Stanley Model CX Runabout
- Chassis no. 1305
Sold for $48,400
- Perhaps the best remaining original Stanley Steamer in existence
- From long-term family ownership; only three-owners since new
- Includes original license plates and operation papers
Stanley Motor Carriage Company of Newton, Massachusetts was the world's most famous maker of steam-powered automobiles. From 1901 through 1927, the company manufactured nearly 11,000 vehicles and set numerous land speed records.
Offered for public sale for the first time is 1905 Stanley Model CX chassis no. 1305. Last driven 98 years ago and carefully stored since, period and marque experts believe this to be the most original Stanley example in existence.
Chassis no. 1305 was purchased new by wealthy Boston-area lawyer Albert Worthen, who was a close friend of company founders Francis and Freelan Stanley. Mr. Worthen and his brother Hadley only drove the car until 1912, when after only about 2,400 miles, the vehicle was stored in the family barn. Not until its sale by heirs to well-known Stanley enthusiast Don Bourdon in 1980 did the car leave hibernation on the Worthen family property. Thereafter the car was stored in as-found condition for an additional three decades, when the extraordinary time capsule was acquired by its current owner.
This rare Model CX features the factory-installed 16-inch diameter boiler, eight-horsepower engine and 48-gear ratio within the 78-inch wheelbase chassis. The runabout body maintains its original exterior, interior, lights and dual Ashton Valve gauges with Stanley Motor Carriage labels. The car's folio even includes operation papers from 1910 and original license plates from 1912 – its last year registered for use on public roads. The current owner has installed a new boiler so that the car is useable, however, the original boiler and burner are included with the sale.
Since acquiring it, the car's third owner has presented it in one concours d'elegance, where attendees and judges alike appreciated its barn-find patina and historical importance.
AddendumPlease note that this lot is being sold on "Bill of Sale Only". Contrary to the catalogue, the car still has the original boiler intact and fitted to the car. Also included is a new boiler and burner if the new owner chooses to run the car.
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