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Lot 522: Stanley modèle E2 10 HP Runabout

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

The twin cylinder 10hp car was the mainstay of Stanley production from 1905 to 1914 although 20hp, 25hp and 30hp models were also offered and sold successfully. The Model E2 Runabout, was its 1909 iteration, offering seating for 2 or 4 passengers, and retailing for $850. According to the Stanley Register, car 4852 was owned in the U.S. by Ken Maxwell in the mid-1960s and later passed to renowned collector William 'Bill' Harrah of Casino fame. The majority of the Harrah Collection cars were sold publicly in a series of auctions in the mid-1980s, this car being offered as lot number 203 in the June 1986 sale. In the catalogue, the Stanley was described as 'Restored by Harrah's Automobile Collection and in excellent overall condition. Body, paint, plating, upholstery and tires good'. After that auction, the Steamer is known to have been owned by Brian Woodford of Singapore and is thought to have passed into Mr. Brown's ownership in the early 1990s, being acquired by him at an RAF Hendon Museum auction. Of course its older rebuild has aged over time, but as many will attest to, a Harrah's restoration was unquestionably carried out to extremely high standards, usually taking a good quality and correct example as its basis. Although now laid up for a number of years in its current ownership, and not run for a number of years, it seems reasonable to suggest that freshening of the car's aesthetics would therefore be a straightforward process. Naturally for safety's sake, as with all steam cars, a careful re-commissioning and regular servicing is required, and this should be considered in need of thorough attention by a knowledgeable specialist. With a provenance that includes long term ownership in one of the greatest car collections of all time, and now offered from its own long term custodian, this is a fine example of its marque and model.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number522
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€44000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€50600
Year1909
Condition rating4
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Mileage-
Chassis number4852
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