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1905 REO Two-Cylinder Runabout / 3106 Vehicle Information

1905 REO Two-Cylinder photograph

1905 REO Two-Cylinder photograph

1905 REO Two-Cylinder photograph

1905 REO Two-Cylinder photograph

1905 REO Two-Cylinder photograph

1905 REO Two-Cylinder photograph

1905 REO Two-Cylinder photograph

1905 REO Two-Cylinder photograph

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Sold for $38,500 at 2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
The REO Company was formed in 1905 after Mr. Ransom Eli Olds (the initials forming the name of the company) had departed ('retired'0 from the Olds Motor Works the year before after a disagreement with his business partners. They had wanted Olds to move beyond the firm's popular curved-dash buggy and start building larger and more powerful automobiles. Mr. Olds did not share the same vision. The court finally got involved and they managed to keep the rights to his name, but not his initials.

REO completed their first car in October of 1904, a two-cylinder Tonneau producing around 16 horsepower and was priced at $1,250. It was unveiled at the New York Auto Show where it was well received. A less-expensive, single-cylinder Runabout soon followed. A line of four-cylinder models were later introduced, after Ransom Olds watched the success of the Ford Model T.

The REO Company would continue until the mid-1930s when the Great Depression and financial woes brought the company to an end.

This particular Runabout is believed to be from the company's first year of production. Robert Ullrich purchased this car in complete, but disassembled, condition from Don Short of Port Ludlow. Mr. Ullrich reassembled the car and put it into correct running order. In 2002, the car completed the five-day 'Tour of The Country' from Spokane, Washington, to Seattle, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the American Automobile Club of America.

The Runabout is fitted with a 2-cylinder L-Head engine fitted with a single carburetor offering 15 horsepower. There is a rear band-type brakes and a 2-speed planetary transmission.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2014



2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction

Sale Price :
USD $38,500

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1905 sales)
c.1905 REO RUNABOUT
Chassis#: 3106
Sold for USD$38,500
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1905 REO Two-Cylinder image  1905 REO Two-Cylinder image  
c.1905 REO ROADSTER
Chassis#: 4005
Sold for USD$44,000
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1905 REO Two-Cylinder image  1905 REO Two-Cylinder image  
1905 REO Two-Cylinder Five-Passenger Detachable Tonneau
Chassis#: 339
Sold for USD$60,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1905 REO Two-Cylinder image  1905 REO Two-Cylinder image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1905 REO Two-Cylinder's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1905 Reo Two Cylinder Detachable Tonneau3392016 Mecum : Monterey$40,000  

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