• Jul 2nd 2009 at 11:52AM
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Harris Steam Car - Click above for high-res image gallery

Now here's just the thing to mix up with a heated-up Flattie, or better yet, a Rajo Model T powerplant, which would be perfectly authentic for the vintage. Oh sure, purists will argue that this artifact, which apparently started life as the Harris Steam Car carrying a Stanley Steamer power unit, should be returned to its original state. Good luck figuring out exactly what that was.

With a deft enough touch, you could pay homage to the 1930s craftsmanship in this vehicle without ruining it. Either way, if you're determined enough to buy this obviously Stout Scarab inspired vehicle for $8,500 or more, it will be yours to do whatever you choose, critics be damned. Going all Travels With Charley with this thing, especially towing a homebuilt teardrop trailer, would be a fantastic summer diversion, and if you did go all external-combustion-engine on it, you'd always have a fire to sit around at night.

[Source: eBay Motors]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Well that right there is 20 feet and 5000lbs of divorce... LOL!
      • 8 Months Ago
      I see I'm not the only here who also reads jalopnik...
      Love the steam powered car! Wouldn't it be feasible, with modern materials and manufacturing, to make practical and economical steam-powered vehicles?
        • 8 Months Ago
        Probably has something to do with the fact that a steam engine is an external combustion design that lends itself to something like 10% efficiency.
        With a modern design you could probably do better, but you still need a fuel to burn or batteries to charge a heater making it pretty pointless.

        Could be kinda cool though to have an induction heated steam car lol.
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