Steam motor car

1903 in Paris
Gardner-Serpollet Company

Serpollet steam car, 1903. Leon Serpollet is noted in France today as the champion of the steam automobile. His generator, known as the "flash boiler," was developed to a high state of perfection. The tubes of his boiler were heavy, flattened tubing, strengthened in that form by being transversally bent or grooved. He was helped in his work by his association, about 1897, with a wealthy American, F. L. Gardner, who made possible the development of the large Gardner- Serpollet establishment in the Rue Stendhal, Paris. In 1900, Serpollet was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. His sales to that date of five machines for the Shah of Persia and landaulets for the Maharajah of Mysore and other notables gave him much prominence at that time.


Road Transport
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steam road vehicles
Trustees of Motor Museum

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