The Prescott Automobile Manufacturing Company introduced its Model No. 1 in 1901. This car was powered by a two-cylinder, vertical engine mounted under the driver's seat. It was rated at 7½ hp and drove the rear axel with a chain. The boiler contained 364 copper tubes and tested to 700 psi with cold water. It ran at 200 psi working pressure. It carried a 32-gallon water tank and a 12-gallon gasoline tank made from seamless copper. The first Prescott Steam Automobile weighed 1,050 pounds.
It performed well at the Staten Island Boulevard Speed Trials on may 31. 1902. A stock Prescott ran the mile in 1 minute, 37.2 seconds, "providing conclusively that Prescotts are safe, speed, and reliable."
The Automobile Club of America awarded a Prescott its first class certificate for its 100-mile Endurance Contest that ran from New York to Southport, CT on Decoration Day, 1902.
Prescott offered four models. The Model No. 1 sold for $1,000 complete. The highest priced Prescott sold for $1,250.
The cars were furnished with "royal blue panels, or dark Brewster green with cardinal red panels. Running gear was green or red, to suit, and patent leather fenders were available as an extra."
Prescott described the cars as "a perfect two-passenger carriage with graceful, artistic lines, that will carry four."
This was a tiller-operated steamer with a 2-cylinder Mason engine rated at 7½ hp. The body was an open four-passenger, with a fold-down seat in front of the driver, or a standard four-passenger surrey. Specifications for the Prescott included brass brake-shoes and a steam-operated air pump for inflating the tires.
Bentley, John, Oldtime Steam Cars, (New York, NY, ARCO Publishing Co., second printing, 1969), p. 123.
Bentley does not cite the source of this quote, but it can be found in a 1902 advertisement placed in the Automobile and Motor Review. This advertisement is reprinted in, Clymer, Floyd, Floyd Clymer's Historical Motor Scrapbook: Steam Car Edition, Vol. 1. (This book is copy No. 76692), (Los Angeles, CA, Clymer Motors, 1945), p. 42.
Although Bentley fails to tell in what year this endurance contest took place, the contest is referenced in the same 1902 Automobile and Motor Review advertisement that described the Staten Island Boulevard Speed Contest. See, Clymer, Floyd, Floyd Clymer's Historical Motor Scrapbook: Steam Car Edition, Vol. 1. (This book is copy No. 76692), (Los Angeles, CA, Clymer Motors, 1945), p. 42.
Bentley does not cite the source of this quote.
Clymer, Floyd, Floyd Clymer's Historical Motor Scapbook: Steam Car Edition, Vol. 1. (This book is copy No. 76692), (Los Angeles, CA, Clymer Motors, 1945), p. 48. This information seems to have been copied from some publication, but Clymer does not indicate where. The description is cut off and part is missing.
Georgano, G. N., Encyclopedia of American Automobiles, (New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1968), p. 163.
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