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I like the 8-52 even though the lines are not perfect. Maybe it the photo angle.  Would love to see it done right. Cool,and unusual car.

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A picture of a nicely restored Royale Straight Eight.  Notice the heat tube from the carb to the exhaust manifold.  There is a flapper valve that is controlled from the dash that allows warm exhaust air to circulate around the carb.   This seems like a unique feature, anyone ever see it on anything else?

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16 minutes ago, West Peterson said:

So... does the exhaust go back into the engine, too???

 

It took me a while to figure it out because just looking at it makes you think that you are just constricting the exhaust when you shut the valve.  But the flow is actually a loop and not a "U".  Shutting the valve forces all the exhaust to go through the carb area and out the pipe between the carb and the exhaust. 

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I tried to get you to buy that Duesenberg and you didn't pull the trigger........I figured you were just kicken tires!  If your still hot for a real neat Coupe give me a call, I know where there is a nice 32 Pierce you can buy..........even a trade might work......

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On 1/18/2017 at 1:53 PM, alsancle said:

A picture of a nicely restored Royale Straight Eight.  Notice the heat tube from the carb to the exhaust manifold.  There is a flapper valve that is controlled from the dash that allows warm exhaust air to circulate around the carb.   This seems like a unique feature, anyone ever see it on anything else?

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It appears that Buick used the same type of system. This is from a 1931 Series 90.

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Ignore a Pierce Arrow? IMPOSSIBLE!  The only reason somebody saved the photo was for the Pierce cars! ? If the Pierce and Reo were driving down the road together it would be easy for the driver of the Reo to ignore the Pierce, as the P-A would be so far ahead as to be out of sight, the Reo driver would not be distracted by the "better car." ?

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The auto show photo has a Piece Arrow dealer name in it, from Oakland California. It's a safe bet the Reo dealer was also from the Bay Area. Notice the Reo dealer's  name is different. Interesting to put both those brands head to head in the same area/showroom and or auto show. I wonder if the price differential between the two was enough for them not to be competing against each other. 

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Ed, I have a thought.   Look at the Pierce conv. sedan at the far right of the photo.  This wouldn't be the one Phil Hill's

 aunt bought new and he restored in the 1950's and took to the first Pebble Beach would it?    The one difference I see is the fabric sidemount covers in the 1932 photo versus metal in the 1950's photo, but Phil could have added those when he restored it.   Also, the front top header piece is missing in the 1950's photo, but it could have been rotted and not reinstalled during the refurbishment. 

 

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Phil Hill's aunts car was a 1931 Series 41, special  bodied car copied from a LeBaron Town Car design done by Ralph Roberts.     At least five were built. All the cars in the showroom photos are 1932 Model Pierce cars, series 51,52,53, and 54. The convertiable sedan in the photo could be a semi custom or factory production model. It's hard to tell, but best guess is it's a factory body. The twelves would be way more money than the Reo, the series 54 small eight (there were two different twelves, so they used the small series motor for the eights in 32 as not to compete with themselves on CID among the lines.) price would have been about 3200 and up if memory serves me, but I may be off. Short wheelbase would be 138 on the Pierce, with 142 and 147 also. The Reo Royal would be about 138 right? Just about on par size wise. The Pierce eight small motor was 366 cid, with several,people custom ordering the 385 cid for their cars. Only a few were built with the larger engine that I know about.(Less than five.) 

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Here's another 1931 series 41 Pierce, same series, SPLIT WINDSHIELD, no chrome door hinges. It can be difficult to identify Pierce cars, as they did lots of strange things. A car may or may not be a LeBaron, and it takes a trained eye, and often one has to lay back upholstery to see actual body construction to correctly identify who built it......one thing is for sure, most end up with a custom body tag on them when they are restored. I have never seen the Phil Hill car in person, so I am not able to make a definitive id. Interestingly most cars built with split windshields are full customs, but it seems the factory built a handful of cars with them. I have my theories as to why, but that's another story. Just last week I had someone ask me to id a body of a car that there was confusion over, but there were so many changes and alterations to the car it was impossible to tell without taking some of it apart. 

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Here is a photo of me with my barn find. Another unusual Pierce Arrow that defies description. The paper note on the grill was dated 1970 for an antifreeze check, photo was taken April 2000. Take a stab at identifying the car.......it isn't easy! 30,000 original miles.

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Ed,

 

1.  Why wasn't all this great Pierce info posted to the Pierce thread?

 

2.  Holy Mackerel Phill Hill's Aunt's car is better looking than the other one you posted.

 

3.  Was your car used for funerals?

 

4.  From what you are saying, the high end Reo and the low end Pierce were sorta in the same ballpark?

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AJ, after I get several hundred miles on a Reo Royal at wide open throttle, I will be happy to make the comparison of the Reo to the P-A. Can you lend me your car for the test?  I am quite sure the Royal and Pierce Eight of 1932 are on par with each other. As soon as you car is done we can drive them side by side for a evaluation. One warning...... my Pierce eats Packards and shxts Cadillac's!

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