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1887 Olds Steam Car

1887 Olds Steam Car Replica
1887 Olds Steam Car Replica


Original pictures of the replica of the steam car built by Ransom Olds in 1887. This full-scale reproduction was built between 1996-1998 by the Joseph J. Merlie Carriage Manufacturing Company in New York as a donation to the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan. Using only an artist's sketch and transcripts from historical documents, this non-functional vehicle has been replicated to give a general perspective of the actual 1887 steam car that was built, test driven, then, unfortunately, dismantled sometime before 1893 when Olds completed his second steam car.

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