Oldsmobile was started in 1897 by Ransom E. Olds and when it was phased out by General Motors it was the oldest surviving American manufacturer.
During the 1901 fire at the Detroit Plant, this Runabout was the only prototype rescued.
This car was manufactured by the Olds Motor Works in Lansing, Michigan. It is considered to be the first mass produced vehicle in the USA and was the basis of the 1905 song 'In My Merry Oldsmobile.'
The car has a side crank for the driver to start the engine from the seat. It has a two-speed transmission, center chain drive, mechanical brake on the transmission. Available options include cloth buggy top, fenders and 'Neveroul' lights.
This vehicle is an unrestored car with serial number 15481. The compression release pedal number dates the car to 1903 production though title shows 1904. The engine is a one-horizontal cylinder with 4.5 horsepower. The wheelbase is 66 inches and the weight is 650 lbs. Total production was 3,924 units for 1903. A selling price of $650.Also photographed at :