1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat

The Oldsmobile Company was founded in 1897 by R.E. Olds in Lansing, Michigan. In 1904, Olds sold his interest to his stockholders and in 1908, Oldsmobile became part of General Motors. Oldsmobile was the flagship luxury car of General Motors and the Autocrat and Limited models were among the biggest and most powerful luxury cars of the period.

The Oldsmobile Autocrat was a mid-range model introduced for 1911. It rested on a 124-inch wheelbase and was based on a frame comprised of pressed alloy of nickel and steel. Power was from a four-cylinder engine, with the cylinders featuring an increased displacement shared by the company's flagship Limited model. The cylinders were cast in pairs and displaced 471 cubic-inches. The vertical T-head engine was basically a smaller version of the Limited's six-cylinder engine, offering 50 horsepower.

The Autocrat was offered in five different body styles clothed in aluminum coachwork trimmed with leather and offered with three factory paint colors: Brewster green, royal blue, and cardinal red. Optional equipment included a top assembly, windshield, and the company's new air-type self-starter. Standard equipment included 8-inch headlamps, side and tail lamps, Trauffault-Hartford shock absorbers, an Oldsmobile dragon horn, and a tool set.

In 1910, two factory prototype Oldsmobile Autocrat's were entered in the Vanderbilt Cup on Long Island, where team captain Harry Stillman finished a respectable 11th place.

Less than 1,000 examples of the Autocrat were produced in 1911.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2020
Vehicle Profiles
1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat vehicle information

Race Car

Chassis Num: 65877

This car was purchased new in 1911 by John Greenway Albert of Baltimore, Maryland. Soon after the purchase, he designed a special race car body and had it constructed by a local Baltimore coachbuilder. Mr. Albert called his new vehicle 'The Yellow Pe....[continue reading]

1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat vehicle information

Runabout

Engine Num: 66058

During the early years of the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, the company experimented with a variety of vehicles including some electric vehicles, but settle on building a small, single-cylinder car which would soon become the best-selling car in Americ....[continue reading]

1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat vehicle information

Tourer

Founded at Lansing Michigan in 1897 by Ransom E. Olds, the Olds Motor Works launched its Curved-Dash Oldsmobile in 1901. Priced at just $650, the single-cylinder gas-buggy weighed only 700 pounds. Between 1902 and 1905, it would be America's best-sel....[continue reading]

Race Car
Chassis #: 65877 
Runabout
 
Tourer
 

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Price Comparison

$250-$3,500
1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat
$5,000-$7,600
1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat Price Range: $3,500 - $5,000

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Oldsmobile
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)10,507
1915Ford (501,492)Willys Knight (91,904)Dodge (45,000)7,696
1914Ford (308,162)Overland (48,461)Studebaker (35,374)1,400
1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)1,175
1912Ford (78,440)Overland (28,572)Buick (19,812)1,075
1911Ford (69,762)Overland (18,745)Maxwell (16,000)1,250
1910Ford (32,053)Buick (30,525)Overland (15,598)1,850
1909Ford (17,771)Buick (14,606)Maxwell (9,460)6,575
1908Ford (10,202)Buick (8,820)Studebaker (8,132)1,055
1907Ford (14,887)Buick (4,641)Maxwell (3,785)1,200
1906Ford (8,729)Cadillac (3,650)Rambler (2,765)1,600

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