1936 REO Flying Cloud

In August 1904 Ransom E. Olds was forced out of the company he had founded, the Olds Motor Works. The firm built the curved dash Oldsmobile and was one of the largest producers of automobiles at that time. Olds immediately started a new company, using his initials to name it the REO Motor Car Company. REO would become a large and well known manufacturer of automobiles and would prosper into the 1920's. However, it the aftermath of The Great Depression, production of REO automobiles would cease in 1936.

REO had dropped the Royale lines in 1935 and completely capitulated to austerity. They were medium-sized vehicles that were given very little chrome trim, and the automatic 1933 self-shifter was nowhere to be seen.

It was a modern and basic means of transportation. Sadly, it was too little too late.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2016



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1936 Flying Cloud
$895-$6,800
1936 REO Flying Cloud Price Range: $795 - $895

Model Year Production

#1#2#3REO
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)3,206
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)4,692
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)4,460
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)4,889
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)3,908
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)6,007

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