Hershey

9-10 October 2014

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Lot 144

1908 Stanley Model H-5 Gentleman's Speedy Roadster

  • Chassis no. 4099

Sold for $203,500


20 hp, double-acting two-cylinder steam engine, solid front axle and live rear axle with full-elliptic leaf springs, and mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100 in.

  • Offered from a prominent steam car collection
  • Original and correct H-5 chassis and engine
  • An exceptionally sporty Stanley
  • An AACA National Award winner
  • Presented in excellent operational condition


Whoever called this car a Stanley Steamer wasn’t a friend of the Stanley brothers, as they hated that designation. It was a Stanley Steam Car, even though Stanley Steamer has now become a part of the American language. The brothers were identical twins who went by their initials, F.E. and F.O. They set about building what was, without a doubt, the most famous automobile to use steam power to propel itself down the road.

The Model H-5 Gentleman’s Speedy Roadster offered here is one of the sportiest and most powerful early Stanleys, and it is a car deserving of its charming factory name. Only a handful of this body style has survived, and none of them have their original bodywork. This car, however, is distinguished by having an original dry-running, 20-horsepower engine, which was factory-equipped with “hookup,” a feature that allows for conservation of steam. It was restored by its present owner, one of America’s best-known steam car experts, to an absolutely exquisite standard. The wooden bodywork was completely rebuilt and featured beautifully finished paint and buttoned leather upholstery, as well as glistening brass trim. A new boiler and Baker burner were installed, but the engine and many other mechanical parts remain original. The car is mounted on new wheels built by Bill Calimer. In the owner’s quest to make the Stanley “beyond reproach,” even the original braking system, which is less than perfect by today’s standards, was carefully restored.

The restoration has garnered AACA First Junior, Senior, and Grand National Awards, and it was a National Award winner at Philadelphia in 2011. Simply put, it is one of the finest, most authentically restored Stanleys known.

The owner regularly travels around the country, getting steam cars working and teaching their owners to operate them. He has agreed to include with the purchase of this Stanley a trip to start and demonstrate the automobile and teach the new owner how to properly operate it. He will waive his fee if the purchaser pays his travel expenses. For the enthusiast of Brass Era performance, there are few better choices.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more