The first period of the American automobile had a bustling activity that often did not lead to success. More than one thousand do-it-yourself engineers tried to convert their bicycles and their steam vehicles into cars with an internal combustion engine.
Locomobile had started its successful development when a reckless businessman purchased the activity of one of the most promising manufacturers of steam cars. When that technology was no longer competitive, the company converted to the high-end automobile and claimed for its production the wording of Greatest American Car.
At that time American people began to feel a need for a new autonomous and fast vehicle. The Vanderbilt Cup, prestigious from its first year, aimed to discriminate the most reliable and efficient cars.
From 1904 to 1906 the Vanderbilt was won by French cars, first by Panhard and then twice by Darracq. It did not take place in 1907.
In 1908, to the delight of the Americans, it was won by a car from the Connecticut based Locomobile brand.
The Locomobile Model 40 Type I Demi Tonneau for sale was manufactured in 1909 or 1910 and titled as a 1910 model. This vehicle for four passengers kept its original engine and its factory coachwork, carefully restored.