<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA

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Lot 97
Offered from the Philip Reed Collection
1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout

Sold for US$ 33,600 inc. premium
Offered from the Philip Reed Collection
1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout
Engine no. SK3488PA

106ci Single Side-Valve Engine
Single Carburetor
8hp (rated)
2-Speed Planetary Gearbox
¾ Elliptic Leaf Spring Front and Full Elliptic Leaf Springs Rear Suspension
External-Contracting Rear-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Well preserved older restoration
*A staple of antique motoring
*Endlessly charming
*Participated in Horseless Carriage Club tours


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Ransom Olds left Olds Motor Works in a dispute with the mercantilist Smith family over product plans. Olds thought the economical, reliable, simple automobile offered the best chance of market success. The Smiths saw bigger unit profits in luxury automobiles along with less capital investment and management complexity.

The Smiths owned more of Olds Motor Works than its founder, though, and followed their own inclination. Olds departed reasonably well compensated, leaving the sassy little Curved Dash, and his name, behind. But not for long.

In only a few months Olds formed the R.E. Olds Company in Oldsmobile's home city, Lansing, to manufacture an updated version of a low-priced automobile. His former partners reminded him that his name, at least applied to automobiles, now belonged to Olds Motor Works. Olds counted by using his initials, REO, and making sure everyone know what they represented.

The first REOs were two cylinder runabouts which Olds designated the Model B – with obvious reference to an earlier model he'd left behind at Oldsmobile. The 16hp twin was soon joined by a small, simple 7 1/2hp single competing directly with the Curved Dash.

The 8hp Model B had a single cylinder motor mounted under the body floor driving through a 2-speed planetary gearbox and single chain drive to the rear axle. In a concession to contemporary design trends, the Model B's used a conventional-style hood with the brass radiator at its front. Priced at just $1,250 it offered exceptional value at the time, value which REO demonstrated with the stunts, tours and expeditions which Olds had used effectively to promote the Oldsmobile.

The bright red example presented here received an older restoration during the 1970's. While in largely good order, the exteriors brass details are in need of some polish but the body remains free from serious any more serious flaws. The leather seating has been finely worn to a nice patina and additionally is fully intact without any tears. The same can be said about the folding top which lays neatly over the back of the front seats. The motor and running gear are consistent with the rest of the vehicle in the level of wear present. This REO participated in many tours and rally's for the Horseless Carriage Club of America. Overall, this is an inviting vehicle for anyone looking to get into antique motoring.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the correct engine number for that vehicle is 5492.
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<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
<b>1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout</b><br />Engine no. SK3488PA
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