The car is a 1901 (September I think) that has been officially dated by the Veteran Car Club of Western Australia.
It is a “style No 5 Locosurrey” as shown in the sales catalog.
These differ from the 2 seater in that the 4 seater have longitudinal fully elliptical springs and a longer wheelbase.
The surrey suffers from the fact that the boiler is under the rear seat, making observation by the driver difficult (this is why FE & FO designed the fold down secondary seating front on the later Stanley's) however I’ve overcome the problem by fitting a reversing camera focused on the gauge glass and a small (removable) LED screen visible from the drivers position.
I purchased the car from Richard Mann of Kansas in 2006 a long way off completed. But it came with the original chassis, springs, axles & engine. It also came with a partially built replacement body, modeled off the original (that had rotted beyond all hope), a raw milled differential, a replacement water tank and raw castings for steam components. It also had extensive technical drawing, drawn by Richard (an aeronautical engineer) of the steam components.
The boiler is a new one purchased from Bourdon (spelling?) boiler works in the US. (the Aussie dollar was much more favorable then!).
I completed the body, built the seats, including upholstery, manufactured the steering tiller (which was fitted to the original tie rods and front axles)
I also built the burner, super-heater, steam controls, water pumps, fuel and air pressure system, controls, exhaust flue and everything else to complete the car.
It was road registered in June 2018.
I have provided the Brighton organisation with the history and restoration photos but they have a blanket ruling on Locomobiles requiring a full inspection by the VCC of GB
I believe with the car authenticated it should be worth about $150,000 AUD but obviously cannot achieve anything like this without such paperwork.
Anyway I would like to achieve, a minimum of $80,000.00 AUD for the car and believe it represents excellent value at that price. It obviously owes me substantially more than that.
I can supply all the paperwork from Richard Mann, as well as my collection of information gathered over the last 12 years. I also have a partially complete 17 inch boiler shell that was originally supplied (before I obtained the one from the US) as well as assorted other bits and pieces, that I’ve collected.
I’m happy to supply any other information upon request.
$80000.00 Australian Dollars.
Dave Hume <email@example.com>
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