Ernie Kanzler

I found an interesting advertisement in the 1974 Steam Automobile Club of America quarterly publication, The Steam Automobile, Vol 16, No 4, by  Kanzler Steam & Transport, Inc. of Costa Mesa, California.  The ad is for “a range of exciting new boilers base on proven design concepts.”  A couple of years ago Ernie showed me a copy of an expensive full color brochure advertising his boilers.  These appeared to be based on the Lear boiler that Seifi Ghasemi had designed for Lear and that Lear put his name on the patent as the inventor.  There is a person who had worked for Lear who moved to Newport Beach to work on steam powered boats about that time.  I will find the name some time in my files.  This would be an interesting addition to the museum of all things steam if anyone comes across one or more of these.  As you will all recall, Kanzler made the ill-fated AutoCoast steam race car.  That is another story and a long one with few positive lessons to be learned.

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