1922 Stanley Touring Model 740

The 1922 Stanley Model 740 is an all black car with a black top

The 1922 Stanley Model 740 as it looks today

1918 Stanley Touring Model 735 1924 Stanley Model 750

Want to hear our founder Tom Marshall talk about the Model 740? Check out this video from the official Marshall Steam Museum YouTube channel!

Tom Marshall: Model 740

General History

By 1922, the Stanley factory remained the last manufacturer of steam cars, but production was high at more than 450 cars that year. Visually indistinguishable from contemporary gas cars, the performance of late Stanleys had nonetheless fallen far behind. The Model 740 weighed more than 4,000 pounds but used the same power plant as the 2,000-pound cars from more than 10 years earlier. Only minor engineering changes had been made during that time. Although its performance is leisurely, the car offers a smooth and near-silent ride.

An ad for the 1922 Stanley Model 740, it features a side profile ofht ecar and there are green leaves drawn behind the car

An original ad for the Model 740, found in a Stanley Steam Car sales brochure

Our Model’s History

Clarence Marshall purchased the Model 740, the second car in his emerging collection, from Robert B. Chase of Earlville, New York. He used it for daily transportation during World War II, when gasoline was rationed but kerosene remained available and in little demand.

This car is quite original, with only a paint job in the 1940s over the original paint. It has a “California top,” made of fabric stretched over an iron framework that does not fold down. The engine may never have been out of this car, although the boiler was changed during World War II, but not since. The wheels are original.

This car adopted by Stan & Kim Wilcox


Capacity: 7 passengers
Engine: 20 horsepower
Weight: 4,200 pounds
Wheelbase: 130 inches
Cost: $2,750 in 1922; 2015 equivalent: $40,866

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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