Empire (1901 automobile)
The Empire was an American automobile manufactured from 1901 until 1902. A product of Sterling, Illinois, it featured a vee-twin Steam engine geared to its right-hand rear wheel. It had a rectangular, transverse mounted boiler with horizontal tubes across the chassis. Coachwork was of the motor buggy style.
The essentially same car was built 1901-1902 by the Sterling Automobile & Engine Co. When this company failed to pay their factory mortgage the company was sold by the sheriff's office for $ 1300 and manufacture halted.
- David Burgess Wise, The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles.
- Beverly Rae Kimes (editor) and Henry Austin Clark, jr.: The Standard Catalogue of American Cars 1805-1942, 2nd ed., Krause Publications, Iola WI 54990, USA (1985), ISBN 0-87341-111-0
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