Phillip Hutchinson collection
The Phillip Hutchinson Collection comprises a 1923 Model 740 Stanley Steamer motor vehicle with Vehicle No. 23548. The vehicle was purchased in the United States of America by Phillip Hutchinson in 1993. He used it for recreational purposes, driving the back roads near his farm at Stratford in Gippsland Victoria.
Stanley steam cars were imported into Australia until the time that production ceased at the parent company, in the mid-1920s. The idea of a practical steam car has, however, been maintained over the years. In recent times the Pritchards, father and son of Melbourne, developed a steam car that incorporated modern technology into the long established concept. Although their prototype engine reached a high level of technical sophistication, it was not judged commercially viable and did not go into production. There is an example of the Pritchard engine in the National Historical Collection.
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Physical access to the collection by appointment only