1919 Locomobile Model 48

1919 Locomobile Model M-48 as found

1919 Locomobile during restoration

Charles Hoyt's 1919 Locomobile Model M-48 after restoration
Back when Dad was a kid, and a member of the VMCCA, he would hang out at Otto Greene's repair/restoration shop. It was here that Dad met and befriended Charlie Hoyt. Charlie had some wonderful cars including a 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall touring car that I'll write about someday. Charlie had found this 1919 Locomobile in the area and had rented a garage just down the row from Otto's to restore the car. Otto performed some of the work with the balance being farmed out to others. Dad took the pictures seen here during the car's restoration. Mr. Hoyt sold the car a few years later. I believe it stayed in New England for many years. Unfortunately, I've lost track of the car and don't know where it resides today.
The Locomobile Company got its start manufacturing steam cars when investors bought out the Stanley brothers in 1899 and started building cars under the name Locomobile. After a split among investors, and a move to a new factory in Bridgeport, CT, the company flourished. Lead by Samuel Davis their financial manager, the company would introduce the model M-48 (t-head 6 cylinder) in 1911. Design by talented engineer, Andrew Riker, the model M was a reaction to the company’s competition, Pierce-Arrow, who had introduced a line of big 6 cylinder cars in 1909. 1915 was a turning point for the company. Davis had lured designer Frank de Causse away from Keller in Paris and things were rolling when Davis died suddenly that same year. This caused instability that the company would never truly recover from. The model M, largely unchanged from 1919, would be discontinued in 1925. After many changes in ownership, Locomobile would fold in 1929.

UPDATE: Dad believes the car is still in New England and is owned by a descendent in the Riker family. 

1 comment:

  1. It is amazing that Locomobile kept the same model (Model M-48) in production for 14 years.