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I always thought this was a Murray built 152.  But looking closely I believe it is coachbuilt.  Notice where body ends over axle, and compare rear door to factory car posted above.   Also,  those are Dietrich door handles.

 

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14 hours ago, alsancle said:

I always thought this was a Murray built 152.  But looking closely I believe it is coachbuilt.  Notice where body ends over axle, and compare rear door to factory car posted above.   Also,  those are Dietrich door handles.

 

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I see the picture didn't stick.  Here it is.

 

 

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RM is selling one of the very few coupes.

 

https://www.rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/AM18/Amelia-Island/lots/r0109-1932-reo-royale-8-35-convertible-coupe/647919

 

In many ways the "ultimate" Royale, the 8-35 convertible coupe offered here was one of 48 produced in 1932, and is one of just five known to survive, including examples in some of the U.S.'s finest collections. It was formerly owned by the renowned collectors Tom Lester and S. Ray Miller, and was restored for Mr. Miller by LaVine Restorations of Nappanee, Indiana, the foremost specialists in this model (as happy Royale owners themselves). Following the restoration, the car became an AACA and CCCA National First Prize winner, the latter with a perfect score of 100 points. It was also featured in Beverly Rae Kimes' famous book, The Classic Car.

Following the sale of the Miller collection, the Reo became part of the well-known Milhous Brothers collection in Florida, then was acquired by its current owner in 2009. It remains in well-maintained condition and is still very attractive, with rich navy blue and silver paintwork striped in red, a Haartz cloth top, and handsome navy interior, all accented by fine brightwork. Numerous period accessories are fitted throughout.

Make no mistake, the Royale is one of the great automobiles of its era - equal in every way to its more famous competition. This is one of the finest to be offered in many years, and inarguably the most desirable.

 

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11 hours ago, West Peterson said:

You know what that car needs....

 

Blackwalls of course.   I think replacing the silver with blue would make a difference too.  It is missing the sidemount covers.  The Royale owners are doing a project as they are unobtainable,  the new owner should get it on it.

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In addition to the tires, I was also going to suggest getting rid of the high contrast colors, but I didn't want to sound too much like a curmudgeon regarding such a beautiful car.

I DO like the painted rims and wheel hubs, though. Perfect.

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48 minutes ago, alsancle said:

 

It is missing the sidemount covers.  The Royale owners are doing a project as they are unobtainable,  the new owner should get it on it.

That reminds me, I need to give Steve B a call and get him to send me that original Lyon emblem for I can get it reproduced for those guys.

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3 hours ago, West Peterson said:

I DO like the painted rims and wheel hubs, though. Perfect.

 

They are correct for Royale.  The shiny option was only for stainless spokes. 

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21 hours ago, West Peterson said:

You know what that car needs....

 

A parking spot in my garage..........I like the white walls, but would add the covers!

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On 2/16/2018 at 8:17 PM, alsancle said:

Eddie, it has nine mains, but only 360 cubes, not enough for a big boy like you.

 

I could tweek it and make it  perform better. The motor can handle it, and I would enjoy testing it before and after. Punch it out, do a trick valve job, regrind  the cam,  bump the compression, recurve the distributor, put a decent carb on it, improve the exhaust, bet it could get another twenty percent out of it easy. Maybe you should send me your motor before you install it? 🔥  💥 💥 🔥 

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I can still get it done.......needs a manifold with an EE-3...........vroom vroom!

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What's the point of the heat shield on the front of the exhaust manifold?  There's no fuel pump or distributor there, and it's not really protecting the generator below it either.   

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An excuse for them to put some chrome on the engine?  Reo was trying to dress the engine up and the finishes in that picture are pretty close to what they are supposed to be.

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