The Stanley Model 87 was the largest and most powerful touring car ever built by the company. A roomy touring body on a large chassis, it was propelled by the 30-horsepower power plant, identical to that powering 12- and 15-passenger Mountain Wagons.
This Model 87 was purchased in 1950 by Clarence Marshall from Paul A. Bourdon of Woodstock, Vermont. Bourdon had used elements from the bodies of two similar cars to make this one, but otherwise, the car was very much original when acquired. Clarence Marshall drove the car with only minor mechanical improvements on three consecutive Glidden tours.
To prepare it for long-distance touring, Tom Marshall initiated a number of enhancements before driving it on many Steam Car Tours and four “Trans-Con” Tours. Having traveled more than 70,000 miles since 1950, it holds the record for the longest trip ever made in a steam car—8,328 miles—without an accompanying vehicle.
This car adopted by Bill Schwoebel
Capacity: 7 passengers
Engine: 30 horsepower
Weight: 4,200 pounds
Wheelbase: 134 inches
Cost: $2,500 in 1912; today’s equivalent: $57,100