I'm betting on steam. It looks like there's a sight gauge for a water tank on the side.
Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ
Every time I get to see a photo like this. Some early, early, type car that doesn't look immediately like any of the well known early cars. For a moment, a small fraction of a second, I wonder, and look, to see if it could be the one parked in my shop.
It is not. The front suspension is all wrong. Mine has a full elliptic spring on each side of the axle. That is, in fact, the main characteristic that shouts loud and clear that mine was originally built as an automobile and is not a modified horse carriage.
Other things that tell me that car is not mine is the rear wheel drive is totally different. Mine is double chains, one to each wheel. The front axle itself is very similar. That one may be "blacksmith-built" as mine is. The spoke count is different also. That car has sixteen spokes per wheel. That and fourteen spoke wheels are pretty common on early wagon and buggy type horseless carriages. My car is unusual as it has ten spokes front and twelve spokes rear. The wheels, like those above, are heavier than small carriage wheels to support the weight and vibration of the motor.
Thank you very much, Herb, for posting this. Some day, maybe you will show me an old photo of my car. I keep hoping.
Thanks again Herb. (Any chance I could get a higher resolution copy?)
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2