● Rarely Seen 2-Cylinder Model
● Older Museum Restoration
● Desirable Brass Era Car
The Model: Ransom E. Olds was a lot like Henry Ford. At about the same time Ford was playing with his Quadracycle in Dearborn, Michigan, Olds was putting the finishing touches on his own automobile in nearby Lansing. Olds was first to the marketplace and by the time Ford was established, Oldsmobiles were the most popular car in the USA. Ransom Olds wanted to keep producing affordable cars for the masses, but the owners of the Oldsmobile brand, which Olds had sold to raise capital, wanted expensive high-end models with higher profit margins. Olds left and established R.E.O. based on his initials, and engineering skills. A number of single-cylinder model were produced followed by a few two-cylinder models. This example is one of those rare 16 HP horizontally opposed two-lungers produced from 1906 to 1909. Offered in several body styles, the touring car was by far the most popular edition then and now.
The Car: Remarkably, this REO Model A appears to be complete and ready to take part in vintage car rallies, local car shows, or be the centerpiece for a collection of historic automobiles. Maintained in a noted collection for many years, this car features its original wooden body, which cost $1,250 FOB, Lansing, plus another $50 for the optional top. The black leather seats are finished in a period correct diamond tufting and are reportedly quite comfortable to ride upon. With wood spoke wheels and whitewall tires, this touring Reo is fitted with headlights and cowl lights that appear to be the original Gray & Davis styles. We believe this car was given a sympathetic restoration several decades ago as it carries a patina of some usage, but shows careful indoor storage with no signs of abuse or misuse. Ready to go, this would be the perfect ride for any pre-1910 vintage automotive event.