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 $1,300 and manufacture halted.
- David Burgess Wise, The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles.
- Clark, Henry Austin, Jr. (1985). Kimes, Beverly Rae, ed. The Standard Catalogue of American Cars 1805-1942 (2nd ed.). Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-111-0.
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