1906→1908 Locomobile Racer

1906→1908 Locomobile Racer

In 1908, the number 16 Locomobile won that year’s Vanderbilt Cup Race and it became the first American car to win an international race outright.

The Locomobile Racers first appeared in 1906, and they were in every way some of the first American supercars.

The basic formula was to stick the largest engine possible in a simple ladder-frame chassis and cover it in bodywork that pretty much non-existent.

The engine was a massive 990 cu. in, four-cylinder unit that produced anywhere from 90-120 bhp.

Out feature car, Old Number 16, is the most famous of the Locomobile racer after winning the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race with George Robertson at the wheel and riding mechanic Glenn Ethridge at his side. On the final lap they had to make a quick tire change, but their lead margin gave them enough time to win the race.


In doing so they beat teams from Mercedes, Knox, Chadwick, Isotta, Matheson, Thomas-Flyer, Hotchkiss, Acme and Renault on the public roads of Long Island, New York.

1906→1908 Locomobile Racer 1906→1908 Locomobile Racer

In Detail

typeRacing Car
production years1906 – 1908
built atBridgeport, Connecticut, USA
displacement16223 cc / 990 in³
bore184.15 mm / 7.25 in
stroke152.40 mm / 6 in
power67.1 kw / 90 bhp @ 1000 rpm
specific output5.55 bhp per litre
bhp/weight89.91 bhp per tonne
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesNone
rear brakesMechanical Friction
curb weight1001 kg / 2204 lbs
transmission3-Speed Manual
top speed~160.90 kph / 100 mph