Two New York businessmen John Brisben Walker and Amzi Lorenzo Barber bought the rights to the Stanley steam car and its Massachusetts factory in 1899 and established the Locomobile Company of America. Within days the two fell out with one another and Walker formed the Mobile Company of America, whilst Barber retained Locomobile and built a new production facility at Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The lightweight Locomobile steamers were of relatively simple design and allowed for easy use, although they were not noted for their durability. By 1903 over 5000 had been made, several hundred of which were exported to Britain, but their popularity waned rapidly and production was phased out at the end of the year. Gasoline automobiles successfully replaced the steamers and the introduction of the 6-cylinder Model '48' in 1911 saw a car of outstanding quality that remained on the market until 1929.