1932 Reo Royale 8-35 Rumbleseat

1932 Reo Royale 8-35 Rumbleseat
Coupe, Murray

To be on display in the Museum June 5 – October 8, 2015

Smith REO

Reo built its first automobiles in 1904, followed by trucks in 1908. The Lansing, Michigan company was founded by Ransom Eli Olds, the father of the Oldsmobile, after he left his namesake company which became part of General Motors. Starting in 1931, Reo introduced the luxurious Royale with coachwork designed by Amos Northrup, chief body designer for Murray. The pioneering streamlined bodies were powered by a 358cid, 125hp straight eight on either a 131” or a 135” wheelbase featuring one-shot chassis lubrication and thermostatically-controlled radiator shutters. At $2445.00, this was Reo’s most expensive car.

By 1933 the company was in deep financial trouble and following stockholder squabbles, Olds gave up control of the company in late-1934; car production was discontinued in summer 1936 while Reo concentrated exclusively in the commercial vehicle filed. This is one of 3,908 Reos produced for 1932, including 176 8-35 Royales. It is one of just 32 Rumbleseat Coupes built for the model year and the only known survivor.

This vehicle participated in The Elegance at Hershey 2015 event.