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Road Locomotive: 1930

Road Locomotive: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930s. "Locomobile 90 Victoria Sedan." With a factory price of $7300, this giant Series 90 Victoria came at the end of the road for the revered Locomobile brand, whose last cars rolled off the assembly line in 1929. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Christopher Helin, scanned by Shorpy. View full size.


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Two Locomobiles

The Locomobile is either a 1928 - 1929 model. The grille and radiator shape was different in 1927 and earlier model years. There are multiple reflections of other cars on the Locomobile body and windows. One of these makes it look like there is a tire in the back seat. According to the Locomobile Society website, only two of these later Model 90s are known to still exist.

A circa 1925 Locomobile is parked immediately outside the windows at the far left of the photo.

The Jackson Garage, seen across the street and listed in the 1929 San Francisco city directory, was located at 1641 Jackson. The name does not appear in the 1930 San Francisco city directly, but it does show a garage run by Albert Slotemaker at this address.

Depending on the manufacturer and the age of the car, the compartments below the doors were used for different purposes. Jacks and their accessories, tools, general storage,and even batteries were stored in these openings. Smaller doors or holes allowed owners and chauffeurs to grease the chassis or fill oil reservoirs/cups.

Peeking Through the Windows +80

You might see this view now:

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My Grandfather's Locomobile

My grandfather, a physician in Revere, Mass., from the 1920s to the 1970s, had one of these. Not sure which model.

Loco logo

The body maker's logo is on the belt molding in a tiny circle below the windshield post, but I can't read it.

[That might be the lucky owner's monogram. - Dave]


I LOVE the door handles. What are the nifty little compartments/hatches underneath the doors?

[Jack. And maybe Jill. The kids have to ride somewwhere. - Dave]


$7,300 then is around $126,000 now.

Giant Indeed

I saw one at the Winter Park Concours a few years ago. It was the size of a large fire engine! The light blue car took the pre-war preservation class, first place. For those who do not know, all of the vehicle including the paint (but not the tires) must be original to enter this class! Truly an amazing sight.

Barn Find

The latest craze in the collector car world is barn finds. Don't even think about washing them! The more dust on them, the higher the price.

Looks like that's nothing new.

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