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1929 REO Speedwagon EX

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REO 6-Cylinder Flathead Gold Comet

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You might remember a band named after this truck. This beauty is a 1929 REO Speedwagon EX. REO stands for Ransom Eli Olds, who founded the REO Motor Car Company in 1904. The company built trucks until 1967. Mr. Olds had sold his previous company – which made the Oldsmobile – to General Motors and couldn’t use his last name for his new business, so he used his initials instead. Speedwagon? With a top speed of 35 miles an hour it may have been sort of fast for 1929, but we believe the name was mostly for advertising. REO Speedwagon, the band, was named after this truck as a result of a founding member of the group seeing REO Speedwagon written on the blackboard in his History of Transportation class in college. Their eponymous debut album, in fact, features a picture of an REO Speedwagon on the cover. This was a stylish truck; REO had their Comet engine series and chrome-nickel block; the words “Chrome Nickel” are cast into the block. The engine is very unique. It has six cylinders, all visible and cast in the same block. Other trucks have the cylinders cast individually or in pairs; to have a six-cylinder where the piston openings all cast into the block is very unusual. This truck still has a crank even though it uses an electric starter. Your battery could be nearly dead, but if you could get the truck rolling down a small grade, you could pop the clutch and get it started. Top Speed: 35 MPH

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