Ransom E. Olds (REO) began working for his father's machine shop
after finishing school. From here he had a fascination to produce a
horseless carriage car that could be propelled forward with an
internal combustion gasoline engine. After several tries, the
Oldsmobile curved dash car was perfected and began selling in 1901.
It did fairly well despite a devastating fire during year, which
they came back from and produced 600 cars.
For consignment a 1927 REO Flying Cloud. The Flying Cloud was the
first car to use Lockheed's new hydraulic internal expanding brake
system and featured styling by Fabio Segardi. While Ned Jordan is
credited with changing the way advertising was written with his
"Somewhere West of Laramie" ads for his Jordan Playboy, Reo's
Flying Cloud....a name that provoked evocative images of speed and
lightness....changed the way automobiles would be named in the
Moving up the social ladder was always a goal of the American
Worker. When one would achieve this measure, typically they would
show off some of that success with the car they drove. Enter the
Flying Cloud, a 4 door large sedan which most likely be chauffeur
driven, offered up plenty of roominess and a very smooth ride. This
example befitting of the barn find category, shows up with faded
black paint on all the steel surfaces. It retains most of its
integrity though and panels are all fairly straight considering
their age and neglect. There are a few areas of invasive rust
through concern, mostly limited to the running board areas where
they meet up with the body. This "luxury liner" has all its
original glass, lighting and dual bar bumpers. A formerly shiny
radiator surround is up front and has begun to rust on the bottom
end. Curved fenders on either side are held together with running
boards in the center covered with rubber and sporting some mud
scrapers for your boots prior to entering the cabin. 18-inch wooden
style spoked wheels are on all 4 corners and we can note a black
trimmed fold out windshield.
Brown mohair covers the door panels as well as the tuck and roll
stitched seats that remind me of my grandmother's couch. These
seats are rotted, and edges have been seriously damaged by water.
In back an armed bench stretches across the rear and is also water
damaged and rotted. Other panels are covered with brown mohair,
some peeling away from said panels. Above the roof has been
restored with newly brown painted steel and a new canvas headliner
complete with a new interior light. This bastion of restoration is
in a sea of other parts in need but gives a glimpse as to what
could be. The dash has beautifully shaped gauges with white
backgrounds and ornate oval bezels.
Under the long-cowled hood is an unrestored and not running 249ci
inline 6-cylinder engine. It has a 1-barrel carburetor attached as
well as a 3-speed manual transmission.
Leaf springs and drum brakes and plenty of rust, surface and
invasive can be seen underneath. A full on expert in these cars
should perform an inspection to assess the exact condition.
All the basics are here, and there is definitely plenty to work
with with this luxury long car. Lots of ornate details can be seen
but need plenty of TLC. Definitely a piece of history awaiting the
capable hands of a restorer who could have a very special car in
the end. Then you can see how the other half lived.
NO TITLE-SOLD ON A BILL OF SALE ONLY
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.
1927 REO Flying Cloud
Exterior Color:Dark blue
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