- 1899 was the first year of production for Locomobile and one of the earliest U.S. produced automobiles
- It was steam-powered, with the engine under the seat and rear deck.
- Only four cars were produced per day.
- Operating cost was ¼ cent a mile and it could go as fast as 40 mph.
The first year of production for the Locomobile Company of America was 1899, making it one of the earliest production automobiles in America. The manufacture of Locomobile steam cars in Newton, Massachusetts, relates closely with that of the Stanley and Mobile steam cars. Early Locomobiles were driven by steam, the one power source that was universally known and understood at the time. Early models resembled a horse-drawn carriage, with the steam engine housed under the seat and rear deck.
The Locomobile Company limited its production to four cars a day. This was used as a selling point, making the customer feel his car had been built with care and precision. Delivery was guaranteed in ninety days! With a quarter-of-a-cent per mile operational cost, a Locomobile would take you anywhere, and could go as fast as 40 mph. Period advertisements touted the 1899 Locomobile as having “No noise, jar, or odor” and being “free from all objectionable features.” In later years, Locomobile switched to gasoline engines and they were known as solid, prestigious automobiles. Production ceased in 1929.