I find it fascinating that this car predates Henry Ford's first efforts by more than a decade. Even more interesting is that in the early days of the automobile, it was not clear that the internal combustion engine, was going to win out over steam or electricity. It was Henry Ford who made the difference by providing an affordable car with his Model T and the invention of the assembly line. He was kind of the Bill Gates rather than the Steve Jobs of his day.
One wonders what would have happened had market conditions favored steam or electricity at the beginning of the automobile age. How many of today's problems could we have avoided ?
We'll never know. But isn't it interesting that the world's oldest running automobile runs on steam not gas and is worth $4.6 million in today's market?