1904 Stanley Steamer CX 8hp

Body Serial Number: 1273
Serial Number factory plate: 823
Engine Number: 1311


1904 Stanley Steamer CX 8hp

This rare Stanley is one of two known to exist in the US and five that are known worldwide (2-US, 2-UK and 1-NZ); as described in the Stanley Registry. It was discovered in the 1970's on a farm in Pennsylvania by the Stanley guru, Carl Amsley. In the 80's, it was owned by Charles Del Marco. Under his ownership, this CX was awarded AACA National First Prize Junior and Senior status and the coveted Grand National Award. Demarco also participated in the London to Brighton Run with it in 1982!


Charles Del Marco

Charles Stowell purchased the car in 1989 and loaned it for display in the Towe Auto Museum in Sacramento, California for several years. Mike May purchased the car in 2005 and restored it in 2006.

The car was shown at the Amelia Island Concours in 2006, and won First-in-Class. In October 2011, Mike sold the car to David Ault in Maine in October 2011. David entered the car in a few short tours and car shows. In 2014, David loaned the car for display at Boothbay Railway Village in Maine.


Owner David Ault and Passenger

On October 27, 2020, Anthony Theriault of Ontario, Canada purchased the car.


Anthony Theriault, Norine Ault, and David Ault

The car was subsequently sold in December 2020 to its current owners, Bill & Linda Lillie of Gales Ferry, CT.

In 2023-2024, the car was completely restored structurally, mechanically, and cosmetically by M.S. Herman & Company of Danbury, CT to the historically accurate condition as it would have been in 1904. It has all Stanley equipment and parts except for the Ottoway style stainless steel burner and stainless superheater. It has a very nice appearing dark green with yellow chassis. The 3 x 4 engine block was rebored and new pistons, piston rods, rings, frame rails and counterweighted cranks were installed during the restoration. The very rare original boiler water level indicator was refit to the car and is operational. The car has beautiful brass bail handle side lamps, copper engine covers and detailed nickel plating as original. Additionally, it is equipped with a Clinton Atkinson style six-chime steam whistle. It is believed to be the finest, most accurate Model CX in existence today.

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Awards

  • 2022 Best in Class Vintage Racing Stable Concours d'Elegance
  • 2006 Best in Class Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
  • AACA First Prize Grand National Winner 1983
  • London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Participant 1982
  • AACA First Prize National Winner 1982

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