Stanley Runabout, 1904

Contributed by Owls Head Transportation Museum


Born and raised in Kingfield, the Stanley twins, Freelan Oscar and Francis Edgar, were partners in a photographic dry plate business in Newton, Massachusetts. In 1897 they began producing automobiles there, selling over 200 by the fall of 1897. In 1906 Fred Marriot drove the highly modified "Wogglebug" to a land speed record of 127.66 mph. Marriot tried to break this record in 1907 but crashed at about 150 mph. This vehicle was powered by steam, which took 30 minutes to boil the water to make steam to start this vehicle. The fuel used to boil the water was lamp oil (kerosene), and the starter was a match and the steam valve.

Specifications: Model C panel seat runabout; engine two-cylinder horizontal steam, 6.5 hp. Price new: $725.

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  • Title: Stanley Runabout, 1904
  • Creator: Freelan Oscar and Francis Edgar Stanley
  • Creation Date: 1904
  • Subject Date: 1904
  • Location: Kingfield, Franklin County, ME
  • Media: Metal and rubber
  • Local Code: 1982G08
  • Collection: Vehicle Auto
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Owls Head Transportation Museum
PO Box 227, Owls Head, ME 04854
(207) 594-4418

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