Oct 20 2010

The 1909 Reo Gentleman’s Roadster from the Vanderbilt Museum

A special attraction to the upcoming Vanderbilt Cup Race exhibit is a rare 1909 Reo Gentleman's Roadster on loan from the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum. The car was last displayed at the Long Island Automotive Museum in the 1970s.


Here are the specifications on the car:

Ownership History: Gifted to the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum by Harry Gilbert of Huntington in 1959.

-Manufacturer: REO Motor Car Company, Lansing, Michigan. Named after the initials of its founder Ransom Eli Olds following his departure from Olds Motor Works, manufacturers of Oldsmobile.

Original Cost: $1,000 (1909) equivalent to $23,600 (2010)

Specifications: Model A, two-cylinders, single-chain drive, bore: 4 ¾ inches, stroke: 6 inches, 20-22 horsepower, max. speed: 45 miles per hour, two speeds and reverse, 32 “ x 3 ½” tires with detachable rims, gasoline capacity: 12 gallons

Wheelbase: 96 inches Chassis #:17820


A similar modified Reo Roadster participated in the Nassau Sweepstakes Race held on the opening day of the Motor Parkway on October 10, 1908.

The Vanderbilt Cup Race exhibit will be on display at the Cradle of Aviation from Saturday, October 23, 2010 to Sunday, October 31, 2010.

Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com:

Index: Reo Roadster


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