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This Locomobile racing car known as Old 16, at one time was referred to as “The Greatest American Racing Car”. That title was first used by the press and later by the Locomobile Company of America in advertising after the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race, an event which was followed around the world.
This Locomobile won the elimination race held before hand for all of the American entries. The race was used to pick only five out of the twelve U.S. made cars that entered the race. In setting up the qualifying this way, the Vanderbilt Cup Race committee was able to have the best of the American cars competing with the foreign cars, which were thought of as superior at the time. The five selected in addition to the Locomobile were the Thomas, Haynes, Christie and the Frayer-Miller.