1912 Stanley Touring Model 87

The The 1912 Stanley Model 87 as it looks today has a red body, with a mint green undercarriage and wheel spokes, and there is a top over the car

The 1912 Stanley Model 87 as it looks today

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Want to hear our founder Tom Marshall discuss the Model 87? Check out this video from the official Marshall Steam Museum YouTube channel!

Tom Marshall: Model 87

General History

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.

An advertisement of the 1912 Stanley Touring Model 87, featuring a side profile of the car

An original ad for the Model 87, found in a Stanley Steam Car sales brochure

Our Model’s History

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 in honor and memory of Tom Marshall


Capacity: 7 passengers
Engine: 30 horsepower
Weight: 4,200 pounds
Wheelbase: 134 inches
Cost: $2,500 in 1912; today’s equivalent: $57,100

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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