Monday, November 30, 2009

Besler Steam Plane & Doble Steam Car

Amazing 1933 film from the Besler Company of the Doble Steam Car and the Besler Steam Plane. I actually lived in the old Doble/Besler factory in Emeryville, California from about 1986 to 1993, when Emeryville was still an old industrial wasteland and cheap housing for artists instead of the shopping mecca it is today.

The Doble is a little known but magnificent automobile that competed with the likes of Rolls Royce & Duesenberg. When the Doble brothers' company failed, William Besler bought the factory & continued to develop steam power. He worked with General Motors for many years on steam power. Besler also provided smoke screen generators to Allied forces during WWII.




More links on Doble Steam Cars & Besler Steam Engines:

http://www.damninteresting.com/the-last-great-steam-car
http://ucblibrary3.berkeley.edu/gendl/EADprint/doble2.pdf
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt3p30193p;developer=local;style=oac4;doc.view=items



Jay Leno writes about his Doble: http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/jay_leno_garage/1302916.html?page=1

http://steamingdownsouth.com/Doble/doble.html

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