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Capitol Steam Car
The Capitol Auto Company
Washington, DC
1902

Justifying its name in appearance and not in performance, the 1902 Capitol Chariot as one of many steamers that failed to make the grade in the early 1900s.

The Capitol had more lavish curves than most light steamers of the period and was priced at $1,200.00.

Powered by a two cylinder double acting engine with a bore of 2 bore and 3 inch stroke. The Capitol engine was rated at six horsepower. Drive was by chain to the rear axle.

1902 Capitol Steam Car
1902 Capitol Steam Car

Working steam pressure was 160 PSI supplied from a 34 gallon water tank. Eight gallons of gasoline was carried. Total weight of this American Steam Car was 1,200 pounds. Other features included a Kelly burner, wood wheels and solid rubber tires.

1904 Columbia Lamps
1904 Columbia Lamps

The Capitol Auto Company of Washington DC may have used Columbia Auto Gas Lamps built by Hine-Watt Mfg. Co. of Chicago, Illinois. The Hine-Watt Mfg. Co. also made Columbia bicycle gas lamps.

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