In total contrast to the twenty-two Ferrari Testarosta’s exhibited at Pebble Beach and the Ferrari Best of Show win there this year, there was a special class just for early steam cars. The well-known Stanley and White steam cars were both on display along with a couple of steamers rarely seen today that included: the 1892 Philion Road Carriage and a 1904 Turner-Miesse from England.
The Philion from the National Auto Museum was built by Achille Philion and has been reported to have run as early as 1890. It was steerable from either the front or the rear seat where the boiler operator sat while attending to its operation. Philion patented the design in 1892, and it was on exhibit at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It was driven onto the field.
Several of the cars took part in the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance including Nick Howell’s 1902 Toledo steam car that was featured here recently on The Old Motor. The reports we have received from attendees was that the class was well received, and many of the spectators were amazed by the cars all which were over 100-years old. The photos are courtesy of Steve Natale.
Like to learn a bit more about the steam car? Follow along in a short video below produced by CNNMoney as Peter Valdes-Dapena visits with Tom Marshall at the Marshall Steam Museum. The second-generation steam enthusiast goes through the 30-minute start-up procedure and then they both go out for a short ride. You can also learn more about steam cars at Stanley Steamers and The Steam Car Club of Great Britain.