Locomobile was a company that produced automobiles in the United States of America from 1899 to 1929.
The Locomobile Company of America was founded by Amzi L. Barber and John Brisben Walker and was based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The name "Locomobile" was coined from the words locomotive and automobile. Locomobile began by producing steam powered autos, leasing a motor design from the Stanley Steamer Company. The steam Locomobiles were unreliable, and the company started experimenting with gasoline internal combustion engines in 1902, and stopped making steam vehicles the following year.
The 1904 Locomobile Runabout was a runabout model. It could seat 2 passengers and sold for US$850. The compound 2-cylinder steam engine was situated amidships of the armored wood-framed car.
The 1904 Locomobile Touring Car was a touring car model. Equipped with a tonneau, it could seat 5 passengers and sold for US$4500. The vertically-mounted water-cooled straight-4, situated at the front of the car, produced 16 hp (11.9 kW). A 3-speed sliding transmission was fitted, as on the Systeme Panhard cars it competed with. The angle steel-framed car weighed 2200 lb (998 kg).
Locomobile soon became known for well built and speedy luxury cars. A Locomobile was the first United States-built auto to win an international motor race, taking the Vanderbilt Cup in 1908.
The 1908 Locomobile 40 Runabout was a runabout model. It could seat 2 passengers and sold for US$4750. It had a 60 hp engine.
In 1922 Locomobile was acquired by Durant Motors, which continued using the Locomobile brand name for their top-of-the-line autos until 1929.
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