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Greeting from Texas! I just inherited a 1908 Reo and a Model T. I am not having any problems finding information on the Model T, but I can't find anything about the REO. Can someone tell me what this thing is worth, or how to find out? Tell me anything you can from the pictures, lol. It Supposedly drove in a parade a few years ago. Best Regards, Joshua Koviak

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As mentioned, it's not a roadster, but a touring car. Without rear doors, that body style is commonly known as a toy tonneau.

Is it a two cylinder?

Reo projects of that age seem to sell in the 15k to 20k range. A lot depends on originality and condition, and having a transferable title. I always get concerned when I see a serial number plate attached with new screws.

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Looks like you have a nice older restoration Reo.

I noted theres no rear doors. Witch Reo touring cars woud have had in 08. Do you have the back doors?

This info I have is coming out of the Advanced Catalog Reo Automobile 1908 issue.

Engine in these cars where two cyl producing 16hp. Would cruise comfortably at 35 mph. Sold for around $1250 when new.

They came with Gray and Davis oil and gas lamps. Looks like someone took the

generator replaced it with a Prestolite light tank.

The original coil box on this cars should be a National coil box and coils.

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One often used car-price reference is the

Old Cars Report Price Guide, issued every two

months and often available on news stands.

Their annual book is the "2016 Collector Car

Price Guide," recently issued in 2015 and post-dated.

Here's a reference to the book:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/144024457X

My "2014" copy of that book suggests that a true

1908 Maxwell, regardless of which authentic body it had,

is worth about $9000 in #4 condition. If the body is

incorrect, that will detract from the car's value, sorry to say.

But if the body is home-made and correctly reproduces

the form and every detail, the car's value shouldn't be much hurt.

A #4 condition car they describe as "good" condition:

"A driveable vehicle needing no, or only minor, work to be

functional. Also a deteriorated restoration or a very poor

amateur restoration. All components may need restoration

to be 'excellent,' but the car is mostly usable 'as is.'

This is a driver. It may be in the process of restoration or its

owner may have big plans, but even from 20 feet away, there is

no doubt that it needs a lot of help."

The website of the Horseless Carriage Club of America (www.hcca.org)

is a good place to sell early cars. In the current market, a bit subdued,

I think cars have to be realistically priced if they are to sell.

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