Skene (automobile)

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The Skene was an American automobile manufactured from 1900 to 1901. A twin-cylinder 5 hp steam car, it was built in Springfield, Massachusetts. Despite its makers claims of "many points of superiority", the Skene seems to have been rather unremarkable.

The Skene American Automobile Company was a short-lived maker of steam automobiles. Its advertising claimed it had 125 cars under construction at its Lewiston, ME factory. Its showroom was in Springfield, MA. The existing advertising indicates that the company was in search of investors and capital. The only surviving Skene steam car is currently owned by the Richard C. Paine Jr., Automobile Charitable Trust and exhibited at the *Seal Cove Auto Museum located on Mount Desert Island in Maine. It was repatriated in 2012 and has since undergone an extensive restoration after having been purchased from its previous owner, an English collector. The Skene was shown at its first major car show in the US at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.


  • David Burgess Wise, The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles.

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