1908 REO Model G news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: 14882
|Sold for $16,500 at 2007 RM Auctions.|
The REO Company manufactured automobiles and trucks from 1905 through 1936. Their first car was completed in October of 1904 and shown a few months later at the New York show in January 1905. The model lineup consisted of a sixteen horsepower twin-cylinder car that had a base price of $1,250 and a single-cylinder car priced at $650. This put them in the Olds Curved Dash price range which made management at Olds nervous, as the REO were a lot more car. By 1906, REO sales surpassed Oldsmobile's. In 1907, it was one of the top four automobile manufacturers in the United States, based on sales. After 1908, the demise of the REO Company began due to competition from Ford and General Motors. Their single-cylinder cars would continue in production until 1910.
This 1908 Reo Model G Roadster was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $6,000 - $12,000 and offered without reserve. Its selling price surpassed the estimated value, settling at $16,500 including buyer's premium.
The car is powered by a horizontal L-head single-cylinder engine that displaces 106.3 cubic-inches and produces eight horsepower. There is a two-speed planetary transmission and two-wheel mechanical drum brakes. It was given a cursory restoration many years ago and it has degraded since. Its red paint has dulled, the black fenders have some wrinkles, and the seat's leather has hardened. The body and chassis appear to be in good condition. The car is fitted with E & J side-lamps.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
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