In 1943, Robert Paxton McCulloch founded the McCulloch Motors Company in Wisconsin, which moved to California some years later. There McCulloch Motors produced a two-man chainsaw, the Model 5-49 before beginning to market a one-man chainsaw. This was a light chain saw called the Model 3-15. In the 1950s, the company became the McCulloch Corporation, whose products ranged from go-kart to airplane engines.[1]

McCullouch fantasized about producing a unique sports car that would appeal to the ultra wealthy. In 1950 he set out to do that. In 1953, he created the Paxton Phoenix Steam Car, with styling by Brooks Stevens.[2]

Paxton Steamer magazine photo

This magazine image is the only information available on the Paxton Steamer. The reverse of the image has information on the Doble.

Paxton Steamer Article w Doble Reference

This is the reverse of the Paxton Steamer photo. The article references Paxton technology and the Doble E series.

Description of a Modern Automotive Seam Power Plant, SAE Los Angeles, January 22, 1952  James L. Dooley and Allan F. Bell, McCulloch Corp.

James L. Dooley and Allan F. Bell of the McCulloch Corporatoin produced this report on steam powered automobiles on January 22, 1952. The Paxton Phoenix is shown on the last page.

[2]Bond, John, The True Story of the Paxton Phoenix, Road & Track Magazine, April 1957. The webmaster found this reference on the Forgotten Fiberglass website. .