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Boss Steam Car
The Boss Knitting Machine Works
Reading, PA

The Boss Steam Carriage was made by The Boss Knitting Machine Works of Reading, PA from 1903 to 1907. The Boss was sometime referred to as a Eck after its designer James L. Eck.

Advertised as “a model of simplicity, safety, durability and comfort” the Boss Steamer was offered at $1,000.00.

Two Boss models were available, one a four passenger model B with a Dos-A-Dos seat and two passenger model D Runabout with a top. Features included 30 inch wood wheels, three inch clincher tires and hand made upholstery in fine quality leather. The body was given 17 coats of paint.

1903 Boss Steam Cars
1903 Boss Steam Cars

The Boss was equipped with a two cylinder seven horsepower engine fed from a 17 inch boiler with 525 tubes tested to 700 PSI. Working pressure was 150 psi. The water tank provided 15 gallons of water enough for 150 to 200 miles. Fuel could be either gasoline or kerosene provided by a 15 gallon tank. The pilot burner kept up a constant head of steam for a quick start.

The 1905 Boss Steam Cars shown below is identical to the 1903 model. In this vintage advertisement a Boss model B with Dos-A-Dos (back to back) seat was equipped with a two cylinder 8 horsepower steam engines under the seat. This Steam car had a 75 inch wheel base, chain drive and 30x3 inch wheels and tires.

1905 Boss Steam Cars
1905 Boss Steam Cars

The 1905 Runabout Boss Steam Car shown above was advertised as a model D with top and priced at $1,000. Special features included a 17 inch boiler, feed lubrication, friction throtle and reverse lever.

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