Seal Cove Auto Museum, Antique Autos and Motorcycles from the Brass Era, Mount Desert Island, Maine
1908 Locomobile
  • Manufacturer: Locomobile Company of America, Bridgeport, Connecticut 1899-1932
  • Model: Type-L
  • Body Style: Runabout with mother-in-law seat
  • Cost new: $4,750
  • Engine: 471 cubic inch water-cooled inline four-cylinder
  • Transmission: Four speed sliding gear with reverse, double chain drive
  • Suspension: Live axles with semi-elliptical leaf springs
  • Wheelbase: 123”
  • Brakes: Mechanical on rear wheels, external band hand brake
  • Special Feature: Mother-in-law seat

In 1908 George Robertson piloted a special Locomobile, known today as “Old 16”, to an epic victory in the Vanderbilt Cup Race, on Long Island, NY, which still stirs the imaginations of racing enthusiasts. It was the first victory for an American-built car against more experienced European competition.