1909 Locomobile Model 30-L Speedster

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In the past we’ve talked about the amazing, incredible 1906 Locomobile 16 with a 17.7L four-cylinder engine that beat the best racing cars from Europe.

This time, I’d like to mention the Model 30-L Speedster. As you might have guessed, the number 30 indicates the engine power. The engine of this Locomobile was equipped with a T-head and the car was assembled in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was a big, powerful and fast machine of its time and this is true for all Locomobile brand products. Some of America’s most luxurious cars were produced under this brand.

1909 Locomobile Model 30-L Speedster exterior and photo.

The wheelbase of this Locomobile is 120 inches. The artillery type wheels have spokes and rims made of wood, which was typical for the time. The car was fitted with Firestone tires.

The Rushmer headlights were gas powered, which was also the norm at the time, as electric headlights were not yet in use. Gas was supplied to the headlights from a special cylinder mounted on the left footrest. Two spare tires were mounted in the rear of the car.

1909 Locomobile Model 30-L Speepster interior and equipment.

As on many cars of the time, there are not even doors. But simply due to its weight and dimensions, it was a safe enough car. As an additional equipment was offered round glass, which protected the driver’s face from the headwind. An additional headlight with a handle could be installed above the engine compartment bulkhead, so the driver could illuminate the area he needed. As was the case with other American cars of the time, the steering wheel was mounted on the right side. This was the norm at the time.

1909 Locomobile Model 30-L Speedster engine and performance.

Under the hood of the Locomobile was a four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2863 cubic inches. The engine blocks were cast in two cylinders, and there were two spark plugs for each cylinder. At the top of the engine you can see the lettering – Locomobile.
The gearbox was a three speed transmission, with a reverse gear. Brakes only on the rear axle, of course mechanical.

Nowadays these cars can be found at auctions and no doubt they will become a worthy lot of any collection.

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