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1907 Stanley Model EX Runabout - Sold
VMC Stock ID: 132095
Mileage: 0
VIN: 2631
Engine: 2-cylinder steam engine, 20x14-inch boiler
Transmission: Direct drive
Gear Ratio: N/A
Wheelbase: 90 inches
Wheels: Wooden spoke
Tires: 30x3 Excelsior 4-ply
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Black Leather
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1907 Stanley Model EX Runabout

Fitted with a lovely 4-passenger runabout body with a surrey top, it carries the look of an ornately detailed carriage.
J. J. Best Banc & Co.

Stanley Steamers are unquestionably the most popular steam-powered automobile ever built, and most likely the most prolific. In the days of motoring’s infancy, internal combustion, steam, and electric vehicles competed on almost equal footing for the consumer’s interests, and twin brothers Freelan and Francis Stanley created a ruggedly simple steam carriage that delivered sparkling performance for the era. They were exquisitely built, designed for the wealthy, and fitted with trim and features that were common to expensive vehicles but rarely found on entry-level models.

The Model EX, like this 1907 example, is one of Stanley’s more successful models, with estimates of as many as 750 being built between 1905 and 1907. Fitted with a lovely 4-passenger runabout body with a surrey top, it’s an exquisite car from the early days of motoring, and carries the look of an ornately detailed carriage rather than a mere transportation appliance. Of course, there’s the famous Stanley barrel-shaped hood, which concealed the boiler, not the engine, a trademark look that remained until the 1920s. With sufficient steam pressure, performance is entertaining, and more than one early Model T owner made the mistake of under-estimating the power that steam could generate.

The restoration on this particular EX was completed some years ago, and it shows signs of careful and conscientious use, along with recently serviced vitals. The black paint remains glossy, with distinctive gold pinstripes highlighting the body’s many interesting design curves, including the scrollwork at the base of the front seat. Much of the body’s construction is wood, but the barrel-shaped hood and fenders are steel and in excellent condition, with no damage or rust evident, although there’s some slight paint blistering on the hood louvers due to the boiler’s heat. Overhead, the fringed surrey top is an elegant, playful design element that is easily removed and has been recently reconditioned.

The front hood carries correct Stanley script and brass accents which show a soft patina matching the rest of the car. It has also been fitted with a pair of acetylene driving lamps and a single tail amp out back, as well as a bulb horn.

Both front and rear seats are button-tufted black leather that shows wear appropriate to the rest of the car, but no damage, rips or tears. There is some scuffing along the lower edges, as the water tank is located under the front seat, but that only means that it has been driven and properly maintained. The wooden steering wheel is beautifully restored, with brass spokes and a hand throttle. Correct Stanley pressure gauges, manufactured by the Ashton Valve Company, remain fitted to the dashboard, where they are illuminated by their own miniature Never-Out coal oil dash lamp mounted on the steering column. The back seat has been upholstered to match, and is easily removed for access to the fuel tank.

Recently serviced and rebuilt, the 10 horsepower steam engine and boiler assembly remains in excellent running condition. The owner has recently and successfully completed an all-steam tour, and reports that with approximately 450-500 pounds of pressure, this Model EX is capable of steaming along at a very respectable 35-40 MPH, with short bursts of even more speed possible. The boiler shows fresh heat wrap, and original fittings and valves were retained wherever possible. All-new copper shielding around the engine was fabricated and installed at the same time. It makes full steam within 20 minutes, and chuffs along with the most wonderful and distinctive steam engine sounds.

The car is listed in many areas as a 1906, but the serial number 2631 indicates it may be a very early 1907 model. However, since Stanley did not typically use model years to separate production, the argument is largely academic. This car carries a great deal of documentation, including ownership history back to the 1960s, and it has been in the current owner’s collection since 1979.

Steam aficionados will agree that a running, driving, fully-sorted Stanley of this vintage is an exceptionally rare find. Welcome at virtually any event, Stanleys tend to bring smiles to everyone’s faces, young or old, and out on the road their spirited performance makes them some of the most entertaining vehicles of the era. This lovely runabout is ready to be shown, driven, and toured, and all of the fittings, hardware, and other critical parts have been recently serviced by steam vehicle experts, so you can enjoy it worry-free. With similar vehicles in “project” condition selling for more than $75,000, this car also represents somewhat of a bargain for an authentic EX in 100% operational condition.

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