Locomobile proudly claimed to be the best automobile built in America in the years before the First World War. It’s racing victories, including the famous win by George Robertson in Old 16 in the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup, and the superior design, engineering, materials, construction and assembly lavished on its limited production of high quality automobiles amply supported its contention. This 1908 Locomobile Type I Model 40 Limousine is object evidence of the superiority of Locomobile’s, especially since it is a beautifully preserved all original example of Locomobile's finest model. Powered by Locomobile's T-head four with 5" bore and 4" stroke, the 471 cubic inch engine was rated 40 horsepower under the ALAM formula. A 4-speed transmission driving through double chain drives powers the 36" wood spoke wheels with white rubber tires. It was right-hand drive, as were all proper automobiles in these early years and the limousine body is lavishly equipped with Rushmore acetylene headlights, Grey & Davis kerosene sidelights, a single Grey & Davis kerosene taillight, a bench style jump seat, Warner speedometer, dual spare tires on the right-hand running board, a trumpet style horn and an 8-day clock. Only the front seat cushions have been recovered, all else is original, even the paint, which still shows the faint remains of the coachlining applied in Locomobile's Bridgeport, Connecticut factory just over a century ago. A marvelously preserved old leather-covered luggage trunk sits on the rear luggage rack while a pair of ornate opera lamps beckons the lucky owners to their luxurious carriage where they can speak to the chauffeur through a brass speaking tube or the dropdown divider window. Its provenance includes nearly thirty years careful preservation in the hands of Dr. Robert Miller and ownership by Charles LeMaitre before him. A wonderful automobile in any condition, this Locomobile's preservation and nearly unparalleled originality make it a highly desirable addition to any collection, particularly satisfying to a collector who cherishes the best in quality and a desirable entrant in the Preservation classes which are now important features of the finest Concours and shows. It is an example of one of the very best automobiles of the Edwardian period, built in the year Locomobile won the Vanderbilt Cup.
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