1905 Stanley Runabout Model CX

The 1905 Stanley Model CX looks similar to a carriage, and has a green body, with red wheel spokes and undercarriage

The 1905 Stanley Model CX as it looks today

1902 Stanley Stick-Seat Runabout 1907 Stanley Semi-Racer Model K


General History

Slightly larger and more powerful than the 1902 model, the CX was the last model with tiller steering and a boiler under the seat. A very primitive car today, this model was nonetheless used for track racing, and in 1904 a very similar model was driven by F. E. Stanley up the motor road to the top of Mount Washington in 28 minutes.

An advertisement ofr the 1905 Stanley Runabout Model CX

An original ad for the Model CX, found in a Stanley Steam Car sales brochure

Our Model’s History

Tom Marshall bought this car from Robert Smith of St. Michaels, Maryland, in 1975. Painted red, white, and blue in honor of the nation’s bicentennial, it participated in several parades in 1976. In 1986, the color scheme changed to the present colors. It has been driven on 2 one- and two-cylinder tours and to several local events.


Capacity: 2/4 passengers
Engine: 8 horsepower
Weight: 1,000 pounds
Wheelbase: 78 inches
Cost: $670 in 1905; today’s equivalent: $16,900

Comparison Chart

ModelCar TypePassenger CapacityEngine (Horsepower for Steam & Gas, Volts for Electric)Weight (Pounds)Wheelbase (Inches)Original Cost (Year Released)Today's Equivalent Cost (in 2015)
1901 MobileSteam44.59006565017000
1902 Stanley Stick-Seat RunaboutSteam469007065018108
1905 Stanley Runabout Model CXSteam4810007867016900
1907 Stanley Semi-Racer Model K
1908 Stanley Model EXSteam41012009087020400
1908 Stanley Gentleman’s Speedy Roadster H-5Steam2201350100135035526
1910 Stanley Touring Model 71
1912 Stanley Touring Model 87Steam7304200134250057100
1913 Stanley Model 76Steam5202800120170038000
1913 Stanley Roadster Model 78Steam2202500115164036700
1914 Stanley Model 607Steam4102200112145034414
1915 Stanley Mountain Wagon Model 820
1916 Stanley Touring Model 725
1918 Stanley Touring Model 735
1922 Stanley Touring Model 740
1924 Stanley Model 750
1914 Ford Model T
1932 Packard Phaeton Model 905
1937 Packard Model 1508
1916 Rauch and Lang Electric Brougham

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