During the early-1900s the steam-powered car was at the forefront of the motor vehicle movement due to over two centuries of previous development of the steam piston and cylinder engine. At the same time, the conventional gasoline-powered reciprocating internal combustion engine fired by either a spark or a hot tube ignition had received less than century of advancement.
- View a short video of a 1899 Locomobile steam car being fired up and put through its paces in Sweden.
The car on the far-left side and the one in the doorway are both Wintons. The quadricycle in front of the garage door is powered by a one-cylinder-rear-mounted-air-cooled gasoline engine, and equipped with a front-mounted passenger seat was built either by the French De Dion-Bouton Company or the Waltham Manufacturing Company.
The other four machines in the photograph are Loco steam cars; these are 1901 to ’02 models produced by the Locomobile Company of America (1899 – ’29), which was located 120-miles due west of Providence, RI, in Bridgeport, CT.