1924 Doble Steam Touring Car

Summary

Some automakers continued with alternate power sources even after gasoline engines became dominant. Doble Steam Motors of Emeryville, California, produced the world's most sophisticated steam cars. Electric ignition cut warm-up time to 90 seconds. Condensers captured and reused exhaust steam. Top speed exceeded 90 miles per hour. But fallout from a fraudulent stock sale forced Doble to close in 1931.

Some automakers continued with alternate power sources even after gasoline engines became dominant. Doble Steam Motors of Emeryville, California, produced the world's most sophisticated steam cars. Electric ignition cut warm-up time to 90 seconds. Condensers captured and reused exhaust steam. Top speed exceeded 90 miles per hour. But fallout from a fraudulent stock sale forced Doble to close in 1931.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1924

Creators

Doble Steam Motors Corporation 

Walter M. Murphy Company 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Emeryville 

United States, California, Pasadena 

Creator Notes

Chassis & engine made by Doble Steam Motors Corporation, Emeryville, California; coachwork by Walter M. Murphy Company in Pasadena, California.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

36.520.27

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Canvas
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Leather

Color

Cream (Color)
Black (Color)
Brown
Green

Dimensions

Height: 76.75 in

Width: 66.5 in

Length: 204.5 in

Inscriptions

Headlights: COACH BUILDERS / WALTER M. MURPHY CO. / PASADENA Hub caps: STEAM / DOBLE / MOTORS / CALIFORNIA Windshield at rear seat: MANUFACTURED BY / WALTER M. MURPHY CO. / COACH BUILDERS / PASENDENA, CALIF.

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