1908 REO Model A, two-cylinder Touring
This 1908 REO is an exceptionally original example. It starts easily, and runs and drives very well. I believe it has been driven few miles over the course of its’ life. Aside from tires we installed, and the paint applied in 1948 (directly on top of the original), it is unrestored, factory original, including: upholstery, top, side curtains, roll-up windscreen, etc. It has many original features not found on restored vehicles. These include: original fiberboard engine pan, white rubber tubing shielding the wire running from the battery box on the running board to the engine, wooden spacers in the battery box, cloth between body and frame to help keep the dust out, air filter on carburetor, “gasoline” stenciled on top of gas tank, storage box under driver’s seat, leather strap and holder for starting crank, side curtain fasteners, sheet metal differential cover, and more.
This car was purchased new in rural Nebraska, and evidenced by the aluminum registration disc remaining on the dash. It was purchased by E.A. Carlson in 1948. He applied a fresh coat of paint directly on top of the original, and put on display in the Plainsman Museum in Aurora, Nebraska. There it remained until we purchased it in 2012. Upon purchase, we installed tires and tubes. After a mechanical inspection and changing of fluids, we returned it to running and driving condition. Inspection of the engine internals revealed the original fiber shims in the connecting rods. They were removed and replaced with brass shims. The engine, transmission and differential are quiet.
This exceptionally original REO could be the benchmark to which others are restored, or it could be driven and enjoyed as is, as 2-cylinder REO’s are among the best for 1 & 2 cylinder touring.
Asking $43,500 or trade.