The Reading was a typical light steam carriage, although 4-cylinder engines were available as well as the more usual twins. The company was absorbed by the Meteor Engineering Co. in 1902, who introduced a larger car under their [sic] own name, although the light Reading design was continued to the end of 1903.
The Meteor company was the successor to
the Steam Vehicle Company of America, maker of the Reading steamer, and Meteor
continued the design for one year. The Meteor car itself was larger than the Reading, being a four-passenger tonneau powered by a 4-cylinder horizontal engine of 10 hp. It had wheel steering, a De Dion-type hood, and the appearance
of a gasoline-engined car. The price was $2,000 compared with the $800 for the smaller Reading.
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The Automobile magazine carried this image of the "Reading Stanhope" in its November 1900 issue. John A. Conde Collection.
The Automobile magazine carried this article about "Reading Stanhope" in its November 1900 issue. John A. Conde Collection.
This Reading Steam Carriage advertisement appeared in The Autocar on May 4, 1901, page 49.
This Reading Steam Carriage advertisement appeared in The Autocar on June 8, 1901, page unknown.
The June 1902 issue of The Strand Magazine carried this Reading Steamer advertisement. S. B. Bowman Auto Company of New York is listed as its agents. John A. Conde Collection.
The Reading Steamer advertisement appeared in August 1902 in a magazine entitled Current History and Modern Culture.
This 32-page trade catalogue, dated 1903, carries many technical details and photographs, models and prices, and numeous testamonials. It carries the Pope Manufacuring Company collection file stamp and probably the AMA file stamp as well. It has had a hard life, having been disassembled, hole punched twice, and then reglued before being disassembled for scanning. Conde's note on the first page reads: "From John Wren, 4-94 Paid $60.00."John A. Conde Collection.
This is the Meteor Engineering Company's gasoline car as promoted in The Automobile magazine for January 24, 1903. John A. Conde Collection
Conde's Meteor Steam Car File Folder. John A. Conde Collection.
Conde's Reading Steam Car File Folder. John A. Conde Collection.