This thing is the very definition of "boys and their toys".
With its array of pulleys and levers and great clouds of belching steam this contraption may at first appear to be one of the fantastical machines conjured up by the great cartoonist W. Heath Robinson.
But it is in fact a perfectly roadworthy Land Rover, whose petrol engine was taken out and replaced by its owner with a steam-driven engine.
So efficient was its conversion from petrol back to the steam age that Frank Rothwell now uses the car for his daily commute.
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The custom-built motor works like a traditional steam train, with a coal fired boiler heating the water up to steam pressure in order to run the small engine. Driving for an hour takes around 100 lbs of coal.
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At full steam the car, which is fully taxed and insured, is capable of speeds of up to 15 mph - which may give Mr Rothwell a thrill, not to mention a sense of personal satisfaction, but is no doubt rather irritating for his fellow road users stuck behind him on the Lancashire lanes of his journey to work.
There's more at the link.
Here's a video of the Land Rover under steam power.
It's daft, it cost more than US $33,000, and it's hardly practical . . . but I still want one! Full marks to Mr. Rothwell for his ingenuity.