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1/10/12


I use the following table to guide estimates of year and model of cars when partial information are available. 
All information, except for the "Notes" column,  is extracted from
    "Appendix B-Principal Specifications-1901-1927 Stanley Steam Automobiles",
in Foster, Kit, The Stanley Steamer, America's Legendary Steam Car.  This book is highly recommended
and is available from The Stanley Museum.  The author's statement of sources, p.451:

"Sources for this table, in order of precedence, are:
(1) Surviving, unaltered cars;
(2) SMCC data sheets in Stanley Museum Archives
(3) Stanley Dealer Bulletins, and
(4) Stanley sales catalogs."

Images are from SMCC literature and reprints.
Year
Model
(none in
1901-1903,
"Type" in 1904)

Style
(catalog description)
Pass-
engers

HP
Notes
(Images are from SMCC literature and reprints, except where noted.)
1901

Stick Seat Runabout 2
6.5
The earliest cars have a 70" wheelbase.  The footboard forms a steeper slope when folded than on the later runabouts, which have a 78" wheelbase.  The rear panel of the body slopes inward toward the bottom, where on the later runabouts it slopes outward.
1902

Stick Seat Runabout 2
6.5
image source - Antique Automobile, Jul-Aug 62
1903

Stick Seat Runabout 2
6.5


Solid Seat Runabout 2
6.5


Stick Seat Surrey 4
6.5


Solid Seat Surrey 4
6.5
1904
Type A
Stick Seat Runabout 2
6.5

Type B
Solid Seat Runabout 2
6.5
Note the straight rail around the front seat, and the visible front seat upholstery on a flat seating surface.

Type C
Panel Seat Runabout with Folding Front
2-4
6.5 1003
image source - Automobiles of the World

Note the separate curved rails on the left and right sides of the seat, which the folding back passes between when raised.  When the seat is completely folded, all upholstery is enclosed and the top surface of the front is curved wood.

BX
Solid Seat Runabout 2
8


CX
Panel Seat Runabout with Folding Front 2-4
8


Type D
Touring Car



1905
BX
Solid Seat Runabout 2
8


CX
Panel Seat Runabout with Folding Front 2-4
8


DX
Surrey
4
10

Note no steering shown in this and other drawings for 1905.  Also, this is the first year for the coffin-nose hood, and the only year that the top of the hood is flat.

E
Runabout
2-4
10

Note side tiller steering.

F
Side Entrance Tonneau Touring 5
20


G
Light Two-passenger Runabout [also Speedster]
2
10

Forerunner of the fabulous Model H's.  Oddly, although considered a "speedster", the catalog shows 8hp, due to a 16" boiler vs. the 17 1/2" boiler in the Model E.
1906
BX
Open Front Seat Runabout
2
8
"Stanley Steam Cars" 1906 (catalog) does not mention Model BX.

CX
Doctor's Runabout 2-4
8
Catalog does not mention Model CX.

DX
Side Entrance Touring 4
10
Catalog does not mention Model DX.

EX
Runabout 2-4
10


Note how the rear body panel folds out a bit to support the seat base which moves to the rear to allow legroom.

F
Side Entrance Touring 5
20


FX
Side Entrance Touring 5
20
Catalog does not mention Model FX.

H
Gentlemen's Speedy Roadster [also Speedster]
2
15
Catalog does not mention 15hp car.

H
Gentlemen's Speedy Roadster [also Speedster] 2
20

Note that cowl lamps are mounted on the front, presumably for a more sporty appearance.  Continued in all catalog illustrations of H models.
1907
EX
Runabout 2-4
10


Different lamps from 1906; flat fenders and running boards vs. 1906's cycle fenders and steps; added  gauge lamp, horn, and water tank glass.

F
Side Entrance Touring 5
20


Different lamps from 1906; added  gauge lamp, and water tank glass.  Top was an option.

H4
Gentlemen's Speedy Roadster [also Speedster] 2
20

Geared 1:1.
This year's 20hp roadsters are first appearance of curved cowl.

H5
Gentlemen's Speedy Roadster [also Speedster] 2
20

"... geared a little lower, and with its heavier wheels, tires, etc., is, perhaps,10 miles an hour slower than the H4."

J
Limousine
5
20


K
Semi-Racer
2
25

Longer hood than the H4, 23" boiler vs. 20".
1908
EX
Runabout 2-4
10

curved cowl this year, vs. 1906-1907 flat dash

F
Side Entrance Touring 5
20


H4
Gentlemen's Speedy Roadster [also Speedster] 2
20
Catalog does not mention Model H4.

H5
Gentlemen's Speedy Roadster [also Speedster] 2
20

J
Limousine 5
20

K
Semi-Racer 2
30
1908 K
While the H5 body remained the same, the K received a new design for 1908.  Th raised panel has been eliminated below the front seat, and a rear seat has been added.

M
Large Touring
5
30
1908 M
Note a longer line than the F, between the rear of the rear door and the beginning of the rear seatback.  "... capable of ... sustaining a speed of 70 miles an hour as long as the road will allow it."

Z
Mountain Wagon
9
30
Catalog does not mention Model Z.
1909
E2
Runabout 2-4
10
1909 E2
Also available with single rumble seat or flat folding rear seat.

F
Touring 5
20
Catalog does not mention Model F.

J
Limousine 5
20
Catalog does not mention Model J.

K
Semi-Racer 2
30
Catalog does not mention Model K.

M
Large Touring 5
30
1909 M
This is actually the same cut used in the 1908 catalog, but with fender and runningboard aprons added by hand.

R
Roadster
2-4
20

Again, close inspection reveals this to be the same cut used in the 1908 catalog for the Model K, with hand additions of steel fenders, tufted upholstery, running board apron, and a new "potato" horn.

U
Touring 5
20
1909 U
The 20hp touring car is the first to receive steel fenders.

Z
Mountain Wagon 9
30
1909 Z
Note the flat dash and wooden fenders.  First vehicle to have top included with purchase.
1910
60
Runabout 2-3-4
10




Here's how you put 2, 3, or 4 people in a Model 60 - the Flat Seat, the Rumble Seat, and the removeable Toy Tonneau.  All images from SMCC "Preliminary Specifications - Model 60 Ten Horsepower Runabout for 1910".  

The runabout models could be had with 30 x 3 or 34 x 3 tires, while the Toy Tonneau was sold only with 31 x 3 1/2 tires.

Note many body differences from Model E2 - lower seat, lower front and rear compartment side rails, convex seat back, top surface of cowl tilted upward toward driver.

61
Toy Tonneau 2-4
10
In the final 1910 catalog, the Toy Tonneau version of the Model 60 received a separate designation, Model 61.  "This car is the same as the Model 60, except ... two-pasenger tonneau which can be removed ... We will not sell full seats (with or without doors) for use on a Model 60 with 34 inch wheels."

70
Touring 5
20
1910 70

71
Roadster, Toy Tonneau
2-4
20

Catalog calls this one-piece 4-saet body "Roadster with Toy Tonneau".  Note how the rear seat side does not flare, compared to the Model 70.

80
Mountain Wagon 9
30
Catalog does not mention Model 80.

81
Baggage
3
30
Catalog does not mention Model 81.

82
"Buss"

30
Catalog does not mention Model 82.
1911
62
Runabout 2-3-4
10
1911 62
Deceptively similar in appearance to the Model 60, but many mechanical improvements including a 1 1/2" drop of the front axle relative to the spindles.  Same 3 body types as the Model 60.  Tire size 32 x 3 1/2.

63
Toy Tonneau 2-4
10
1911 63
Again this year, the Model 63 was "the same as the Model 62, except that it is equipped with two passenger tonneau which may be removed..."  This time the tire size stayed the same.

70
Touring 5
20
1910 70
Unchanged from 1910.

71
Roadster, Toy Tonneau 2-4
20

Unchanged from 1910.

72
Roadster 2
20
Catalog does not mention Model 72.

83
Mountain Wagon 9
30
Catalog does not mention Model 83.

84
Baggage 3
30
Catalog does not mention Model 84.

85
Touring 7
30
Catalog does not mention Model 85.

86
Mountain Wagon 12
30
Catalog does not mention Model 86.
1912
62
Runabout 2-3-4
10
1911 62
All specifications identical to 1911 Model 62, with the odd exception that the engine turns 886 revolutions per mile vs. 1911's  739.  Both years list 32 x 3 1/2 tires and 40-56 drive ratio - perhaps the drive ratio changed in 1912 and the change was missed in the catalog text.

63
Toy Tonneau 2-4
10
1911 63
Identical to 1911.

73
Touring 5
20
1912 73
First year for aluminum body, "round-shouldered" hood, billed front fender, slight dip at tail of rear fender.  Although not pictured, a "glass front" was included.

74
Touring 4
20
The catalog uses the same cut for Model 74 as Model 73 - perhaps they thought the narrowing of the rear seat woud be indistinguishable from that angle.

75
Roadster 2
20
1912 75

86
Mountain Wagon 12
30
1912 86
Very short rear fender.

87
Touring 7
30
1912 87

88
Mountain Wagon 12
30
1912 88
High kickback in rear fender.

88
Express Wagon
3
30
1912 88b
1913
64
Roadster 2
10
1913 64
Note the two-tone paint - body light, hood and fenders dark.

65
Touring 4
10
1913 65

76
Touring 5
20
1913 76

77
Touring 4
20
The "Announcement for the Season of 1913" uses the same cut for Model 77 as Model 76, similar to the 1912 catalog.

78
Roadster 2
20
1913 78

79
Light Delivery Wagon
2
20
1913 79

809
Touring 7
30
1912 87
Same cut as  Model 87 in 1912 catalog.

810
Mountain Wagon 12
30
1912 88
Same cut as Model 88 Mountain Wagon in 1912 catalog.

810
Express 3
30
1912 88b
Same cut as Model 88 Express Wagon in 1912 catalog.

T
2-ton Truck 3
30
Catalog does not mention Model T.
1914
606
Roadster 2
10
1914 606

607
Touring 4
10
1914 607

710
Touring 5
20
1914 710

711
Touring 5
20
Catalog does not mention Model 711.

712
Roadster 2
20
1914 712

713
Delivery Wagon 2
20
1914 713
Same cut as Model 79 in 1913 catalog, with rear fender altered.

714
Touring 5
20
Catalog does not mention Model 714.

715
Delivery
2
20
Catalog does not mention Model 715.

811
Touring 7
30
1914 811
Appears to be the same cut as 1912 catalog, with windshield and rear fender altered.

812
Mountain Wagon 12
30
1914 812
Rear fender step is now low.

812
Express Wagon
3
30
1914 812b

T
2-ton Truck
3
30
Catalog does not mention Model T.
1915
720
Touring 5
20
1915 720

721
Delivery Wagon 2
20


722
Roadster 3
20


723
Touring 5
20


812
Mountain Wagon 12
30


820
Mountain Wagon 12
30
1915 820
Same image as 1914 Model 812.

821
Baggage 3
30


822
Mountain Wagon 20
30

1916
725-5
Touring 5
20

Same image as 1915 Model 720 brochure.

725-7
Touring 7
20
"Stanley Steam Cars - Announcement for the Season of 1916" does not mention a 7-passenger body.

726
Roadster 3
20


727
Delivery Wagon 2
20


825
Mountain Wagon (non-condensing)
12
30


825
Mountain Wagon (condensing)
12
30


825
Express 3
30


826
Mountain Wagon (non-condensing)
12
30
"Announcement" does not mention Model 826.

826
Express 3
30
"Announcement"does not mention Model 826.

827
Mountain Wagon 12
30
"Announcement"does not mention Model 827.

728
Touring 5
20
"Announcement"does not mention Model 728.

728
Touring 7
20
"Announcement"does not mention Model 728.
1917
727
Delivery Wagon 2
20
"Stanley Steam Cars - Announcement for the Season of 1917" is identical to the "Announcement" of 1916, except for increased prices.

728
Touring 5
20


728
Touring 7
20


730
Touring 5
20


730
Touring 7
20


731
Roadster 2-3
20


825
Mountain Wagon (non-condensing)
12
30


825
Mountain Wagon (condensing)
12
30


825
Express 12
30

1918
735
Touring 7
20


736
Touring 4
20

Notice the curve of the rear body slanting forward at the top.  Also, the rear of the folded top extends only as far as the spare tire.

735D
Sedan
7
20


735D
Sedan 5
20

1919
735A
Touring 4
20

This illustration is from a reprint of the SMCC Book of Motor Cars, which Foster indicates was published in 1919 and used for several years.  It labels this picture "Five-Passenger Touring Car", and the price list does not list a 4-passenger touring.

735B
Touring 7
20


735C
Coupe
4
20

735D
Sedan 5
20

1920
735A
Touring 4
20


735B
Touring 7
20


735C
Coupe 3
20


735D
Sedan 7
20

1921
735A
Touring 4-5
20


735B
Touring 7
20


735C
Coupe 4
20


735D
Sedan 7
20


735E
Roadster 2
20


735F
Four-door Coupe (Brougham)
4
20

1922
735A
Touring 4
20


735B
Touring 7
20


735C
Coupe 4
20


735D
Sedan 7
20


735E
Roadster 2
20


735F
Brougham 4
20


740A
Touring 5
20
740 was introduced in May of 1922.

740B
Touring 7
20

740D
Sedan 7
20


740E
Roadster 2
20


740F
Brougham 4
20

1923
740A
Touring 5
20


740B
Touring 7
20


740D
Sedan 7
20


740E
Roadster 2
20


740F
Brougham 5
20


740G
Sedan 5
20

1924
740A
Touring 5
20


740B
Touring 7
20


740D
Sedan 7
20


740E
Roadster 2
20


740G
Utility Sedan 5
20


750A
Touring 5
20


750B
Touring 7
20


750D
Sedan 7
20


750G
Sedan 5
20

Note that the rear window is shorter than on the 750D, and the rear lower corner of the rear door is square.
1925
SV-252-A
Touring 5
20


SV-252-G
Sedan 5
20

1926
SV 262 A
Touring 5
20


SV 262 G
Sedan 5
20

1927
770
Touring 5
20

image source - Steam Power Quarterly, v2 #3, 1968