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Harris (steamcar)-1938

Harris (steamcar)-1938

H.R. Harris was a steam engineer employed by the city of Detroit.  Mr. Harris designed and operated steam-powered electric generating plants.  In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Harris was disappointed because of the failures of both the Stanley Steamer and Doble steam cars.  Harris hoped that if he built a unique and stylish steam car, it might revive the industry.  Many things about this car are unclear.  No one seems to know if it ever actually ran.  Mr. Harris’s grandson, Wayne Beutel, recalls playing in the car as a kid and remembers it being fairly complete.  Mr. Beutel also remembers the car as being a source of friction between Harris and his wife because he had spent a lot of money on the car.  It appears the body was built by Fleetwood Body Company employees at night.  Amazingly, the car was never painted.  Lane Motor Museum plans to restore the car and get it into running condition.
 
Specifications:
 
Manufacturer:  Prototype built by H. R. Harris and Fleetwood Body Company
Country of Origin:  USA
Drivetrain Configuration:  Rear engine, rear wheel drive
Engine:  Stanley Steamer 20 hp
Transmission:  Direct drive
Top Speed:  40 mph
Years of Production:  1936?
Number Produced:  1
Original Cost:  Unknown
 

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