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Brecht Steam Car
The Brecht Motor Car Corp.
St. Louis, MO

The Brecht Motor Car Corp. built this American Steam Car in St. Louis, Missouri from 1901 to 1903.

The Brecht was available in four body styles as well as the delivery wagon shown below. Prices ranged from $1,200.00 to $1,775.

The Brecht Motor Car Corp. built both steam car and electric cars at their factory in St. Louis. The four passenger Dos-a-Dos show below was equipped with a five horsepower two cylinder vertical double acting reversible engine.

1904 Brecht Steam Car
1904 Brecht Steam Car

The boiler held 402 copper tubes with a heating area of 60 square feet and had a working pressure of 210 psi. Water and gas tanks held 38 and 7 gallons. The Brecht weighted in at 1,100.

The Brecht Motor Car Corp. also offered for sale just running gear and bodies suitable for both steam and electric motors. In 1903 the firm was forced to sell due a lack of capital. H. F. Borbein and Company purchased the complete stock of steam cars, parts, tools and machinery.

1904 Brecht Steam Delivery Wagon
1904 Brecht Steam Delivery Wagon

The Brecht fancy steam delivery wagon seen above was equipped with a 12 horsepower steam engine and the same boiler as the passenger cars. With a larger water tank of 67 gallons and more fuel this delivery wagon could run all day at 10 to 15 MPH. Price was $1,775.00.

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