A combination of 35-thousand dollars and a lot of know-how have provided Charles Keen of Madison Wisconsin, with a pretty snazzy means of transportation.
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Background: A combination of 35-thousand dollars and a lot of know-how have provided Charles Keen of Madison Wisconsin, with a pretty snazzy means of transportation.
It's a hand-made sports car with a fiber-glass body that glistens through 12 coats or red lacquer.
But the car's real singularity lies beneath the hood. In place of a piston engine, there sits a flash-type boiler: the car runs on steam. Unlike old steam cars, Keen's is ready to go almost the instant the boiler is ignited. Old steam cars used to take 30-minutes to warm up. Keen's takes less than a minute.
There's no clutch, transmission or drive shaft. Speed is controlled by a foot throtle which governs the amount of steam let into the engine. Better still, the car burns any type of fuel... gasoline, kerosene, or diesel oil. Says Keen:"in an emergency it will even run on good old mountain dew."