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Engine
Inline 4
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Transmission
Manual
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VIN
S581

Description

63 HP, 248.5 cid, Sleeve-Valve In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine, 3-Speed Transmission Chassis No. S581 NOTE: NON-FUNCTIONING ENGINE From the beginning of its operations, Stearns Automobiles was a builder of high-quality and dependable automobiles. They were large massive cars that commanded respect for both its engineering the those who owned these magnificent machines. In 1911, Stearns became t...

63 HP, 248.5 cid, Sleeve-Valve In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine, 3-Speed Transmission Chassis No. S581 NOTE: NON-FUNCTIONING ENGINE From the beginning of its operations, Stearns Automobiles was a builder of high-quality and dependable automobiles. They were large massive cars that commanded respect for both its engineering the those who owned these magnificent machines. In 1911, Stearns became the first American car to make a licensing agreement to produce their version of the Knight sleeve-valve engine. While rated at 63 HP when new, the beauty of these power plants is that the more they were used, the better the performance became. As carbon deposits built up, it raised the compression in the cylinder resulting in noticeably higher horsepower. This beautiful example appears to have been given a partial cosmetic restoration but much of the car appears to be original including a number of interior appointments and the items under the hood. Finished in a off-white with black fenders this car represents one of the most luxurious models of the day and these cars are rarely seen being offered at auction. The interior is trimmed in black leather and the top is also black. One interesting point we spotted during our inspection was the original dealer's plate affixed to the dashboard showing this car was sold new at one of Stearns-Knights most successful dealerships, Lynn C. Buxton's in Los Angeles, California. A part of the collection for a number of years this represents a rare chance to get a vehicle of historic proportions and good looks all rolled into one.

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