Manufacturer Ransom Eli Olds left lasting imprint on early automotive industry
Ransom E. Olds showed early genius as an automotive industrialist.
When Olds tired of the automotive business, his swan song was his "Farwell Car," as illustrated in this ad. The car's name was REO the Fifth.
What better advertising for REO Motor Car Co., Lansing, Mich., than to have U.S President Theodore Roosevelt (back seat, left) take his first public automobile ride in a 1907 REO?
A 1905 Standard Runabout Curved dash Oldsmobile. This model sold for $600 ($675 with top).
An Olds gas engine.
A 1926 heavy-duty 2-ton REO Speed Wagon.
Kardell's 10-20 utility tractor claimed to be "The practical tractor with built-in service; the tractor the farmer wants."
Another project of ransom Eli Olds' fertile mind: the REO DeLuxe Flying Cloud rotary mower with silent muffler.
A restored 1910 Olds Type 6A 12 hp engine manufactured by Seager Engine Works, Lansing, Mich., but badged with the Olds name.
The Kardell "Four-in-One" tractor ("motor plow - truck - tractor - farm power") was said to replace four horses on a 200-acre farm. Ransom Olds had a fainancial interest in the Kardell company, which was originally based in St. Louis.