REO Speedwagon 1946
Registration Number: TFO 807
Chassis Number: 77834
Engine Number: A249Cc:3960
Body Colour: Black
Trim Colour: Brown
The founder of REO Motor Car Company, Ransom Ellis Olds enjoyed great success in the automobile industry prior to the inception of REO. Originally, he created the Oldsmobile, produced by the Olds Motor Works that he had established in 1897.
REO initially concentrated on car production, but soon added a truck and bus division to the mix. By the mid 1920s, Olds had retired and Presidency of the company had passed to his protégé Richard Scott. However, the combination of an ill-conceived product range and the Depression took its toll and car production was abandoned in 1936 in favour of a truck-only policy. The mass requirement for lorries during WWII heralded a brief revival in the company’s fortunes, but they began flagging again not long after, and ownership passed from competitor to competitor before bankruptcy finally occurred in 1975.
The Reo Speedwagon was a light-motor truck manufactured by REO Motor Car Company, first introduced in 1915; the Speedwagon was the company’s first big success and remained in production until at least 1953. Although the basic design and styling of the chassis remained the same, the Speedwagon was manufactured in a variety of different configurations (Pick-up, Panel Truck and Passenger Buses), to serve a wide variety of industries. REO Motor Car Company had produced 125,000 vehicles by 1925, which helped cement their place as a successful manufacturer of commercial vehicles prior to World War II.
This 1946 UK registered Speedwagon is finished in Black coachwork with painted Red wheels and front grill. Powered by a Gold Crown 4-litre flathead six-cylinder engine linked to a four-speed manual gearbox, the entire vehicle is in immaculate condition and is now available to view at our showroom in Kew, London.