Locomobile Model 40 Type I – 1910
Marca : Locomobile
Modello : Model 40
Versione : Type I
Anno : 1910
Telaio N. : 2376
Esemplari prodotti : —
Motore : 4 cilindri in linea
Cilindrata : 7.722 cc
Distribuzione : SV
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Alimentazione : —
Potenza : 40 HP
Top speed Km/h : —
2013 – Monterey – Mecum – unsold
2014 – Monterey – Mecum – unsold
2014 – Houston – Mecum – unsold
2016 – Monterey – Mecum – unsold
Not long after the turn of the 20th century, the “Best Built Car in America” carried the name Locomobile. At the time one of the most expensive and elegant automobiles manufactured in the United States, the Locomobile became the favored conveyance of the East Coast aristocracy and the West Coast/Hollywood elite, including Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix and Cecil B. DeMille.
Locomobile had its birth in the takeover of the fledgling Stanley Motor Carriage Company by Cosmopolitan Magazine publisher Brisben Walker in 1899. Walker’s subsequent partnership with his neighbor, Amzi Lorenzo Barber, soon fell apart; both went on to build and sell practically identical cars whose design had originated with the Stanley Brothers, but it was Walker’s version, the Locomobile, that went on to success.
This Locomobile four-passenger Demi-Tonneau was built on the Model Type 40 I chassis, which is the rarest and most desirable model type. With a 40 HP inline-4 engine on a 123-inch wheelbase, the Model I was the biggest and fastest model produced by Locomobile during the early 1900s “Brass” period. Collector Walter McCarthy purchased the car in the late 1960s, maintaining it in his collection for three decades.
Richard King acquired the car from Walter in the 1990s and then restored it for the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In 2007 it was acquired from Richard King by a private collector. Resplendent in beautifully restored coachwork, this Locomobile is a marvelous example that characterizes the essence of what these automobiles represent; power, beauty and excitement. It has received many prestigious awards, including second in class Pebble Beach 2007 and first in class Meadow Brook 2010.