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History of 'The Stanley Steamer'

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2.1 The Stanley Steamer

    • At the start of the twentieth century very few steam powered car manufacturers still existed.
    • The company continued producing steam powered cars until 1917 (producing 500 cars in that year), when the two Stanley brothers sold their interests to Prescott Warren.
    • Production went into a long period of decline and by 1918 no models were being produced with a power output higher than 20 hp.
    • Stanley Steamers also became too expensive. In 1924 a Stanley 740D sedan cost nearly $4000, compared to a few hundred dollars for a Model T Ford.
    • The last Stanley Steamer was produced in 1926.
    • A total of 16,000 were manufactured, of which about 600 still existed in 2003.
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