Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY THIRTY-SIX: 1923 Reo Speedwagon
Dave Marshall went to go help a man see if he could get his 1923 Reo Speedwagon running. Marshall already owned two Reos and the man didn’t really want to keep the truck. In hindsight, the rest is predictable.
“Yeah, I went up to see it, and it sounded like he just wanted to get it running,” recalled Marshall, a resident of Wichita, Kan. “I liked it, but I didn’t have room for it … but he wanted to get rid of it and said he didn’t have any use for it."
“He sort of intimated that he was trying to sell it for a while and nobody was interested... He said he needed the money more than the truck, and I guess he was confident I’d take care of it. It was like adopting a child: ‘Here, it’s yours.’ He just wanted it to go to a good home.”
All things considered, the 1923 1 1/4 –ton Reo had led a fortunate and relatively pampered life for a working truck. It had served from 1923 until the late 1940s as a grain truck, working only during harvest season. It remained clean and well kept year-round, apparently resting a lot more than it worked.
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