Abner Doble was the most creative steam car engineer who ever lived.
He grew up in a wealthy San Francisco family and went to MIT in 1910 to study engineering, the family business. He visited the Stanley factory in Newton and was unimpressed with its technology. He then built the first of a long series of steam cars, his Model A, and reportedly drove it to the Stanley factory.
In October 1914, he created the Abner Doble Motor Vehicle Company, located in Waltham, MA. Doble was 19 years old. He created his Model B, but lacking financing, he took the car to Detroit. There, in 1916, he formed the General Engineering Company.
After introducing the new Model B at the New York Auto Show, Doble reorgannized the company as the Doble Detroit Steam Motor Company in 1917.
Doble failed to produce the Model B and in 1919 he sold the manufacturing rights to Amalgamated of Chicago. He then returned to San Francisco. There he formed the Doble Steam Motors Company to produce his Model D.
In 1931, Doble Steam Motors went into bankruptcy.
Abner Doble Motor Vehicle Co.
1914 – 1915
General Engineering Co. and Doble-Detroit Steam Motors Detroit, MI 1916 – 1919
Doble Steam Motors Corp.
1920 – 1931
The Steam Car Club of Great Britain has a nice series of Doble Steam Cars on its web site.