Mobile Company of America

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The Mobile Company of America was an American steam automobile manufacturer founded in 1899 by John B. Walker after a fallout with businessman Amzi L. Barber, whose financing had earlier allowed Walker to purchase the now well-known Stanley Steamer concern. It was based in Tarrytown, New York. [1]

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By 1903, the Mobile Company of America was out of business, while Barber's Locomobile Company of America abandoned steam car production in 1901 in favor of petrol-engine vehicles, selling the Stanley brothers back their factory and steam engine patents for $20,000 despite having originally paid $250,000 for the operation. [2] [3]

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  3. 100 Years of the American Auto Millennium Edition, Copyright 1999 Publications International, Ltd.