LA JOLLA- Sunday, April 8th, 2018. The 14th Annual La Jolla, Concours De Elegance was held on the beautiful coastline in La Jolla, California. Malcom Carter has been a proud owner for 50 years of this 1923 Model 740 Stanley Steamer, 7 passenger sedan with the license frame "Packard 1929". This vehicle was built by the springfield bodyworks of Massachusetts, as a special order. This would turned the clock back 95 years since invention. This vehicle was unique, because it was the last of its kind at the end of steam automobile production in America at that time.
The Stanley Brothers begin building these vehicles in 1902. For the next couple of decades these vehicles were being produced. As time passed, one brother passed away and the other brother sold of business in 1924, a year after this car was built. This became the beginning of non-production and no market. As gas car innovation took place which were more efficient and cost affective to the consumer.
"This wasn't an every mans car, it was in a special category being a rich man's car, because it's 7 passenger, with the jump seats behind the drivers seat." said Malcom. "There were only 11,000 cars produced in a period of 20 years, which is what Henry Ford did in 1 day of vehicle production", said Malcom.
As the inventors of the steam engine in the early 1700's, the country of France recently sold an original for 3 million dollars that was built in 1884.
Steam locomotives stop being produced by the 1950's, because of the production of electricity at a cheaper cost. Steam transportation was essential to mankind at that time, because it allowed the people to become portable for the very first time.
Malcom stated, "It wasn't easy finding someone that would do a good job on restoring this vehicle". With so many custom craftsman, not everyone had the talent to understand, much less complete a true custom vehicle from this generation.
In order for someone to work on a car like this is rare. " The fellow has the kind of special talent, where you have artistry and mechanics combined", said Malcom.
"Historically true that the first person to move on the planet faster than 2 miles a minute was a fellow by the name of Fred Marriot, who did it in 1906 in a Stanley on Jan. 26 at Ormond Beach, Florida at 127.66 miles per hour." said Malcom.
Malcom was overwhelmed as his granddaughter surprised him as she stopped by to support him as he showcases his dream car. They laughed together while people were admiring his dreams.