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1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP, Tokay Maroon

1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

Be aware: The next story was excerpted from the December 2015 subject of  Collectible Vehicle journal

Many impartial makes disappeared through the Nice Melancholy, however Reo beat the percentages to stay on as a truck maker till 1975. What makes the story all of the extra outstanding is that Reo needed to survive not solely the Melancholy, but additionally its personal board of administrators. 

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1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

For a lot of the Thirties, Reo’s boardroom was as chaotic as a Marx Brothers film, with warring factions waging fixed proxy battles. When the corporate filed for chapter in 1938, the court-appointed trustee was sharp sufficient to request a reliable board of administrators. Reo resumed truck manufacturing in 1940, and shortly had a full order ebook as World Battle II engulfed Europe.

Certainly, Reo was a toddler of a dysfunctional boardroom relationship. Ransom Eli Olds based Oldsmobile, however left in 1904 when he did not safe sufficient votes in a board assembly to stay as basic supervisor. Staying put in Lansing, Michigan, Olds rapidly arrange a brand new firm utilizing his initials because the identify for a brand new automotive. Reo entered the truck enterprise in 1911 and launched its most well-known mannequin, the Speedwagon, in 1915. Whereas heavy-duty vehicles of the time typically used solid-rubber tires and normally operated at 10 to fifteen mph, the Speedwagon might journey sooner on its pneumatic tires.

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1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

Reo manufacturing grew steadily, reaching a peak in 1928 of 47,016 automobiles (23,497 automobiles and 23,519 vehicles). Then got here the Melancholy, which was exhausting on Reo. Manufacturing bottomed out at 7029 in ’32. Truck gross sales rebounded higher than these of automobiles, which had been discontinued after 1936.

Launched in mid 1935, the Speedwagon Sequence 6AP half-ton pickup rode on a chassis borrowed from the Reo Flying Cloud automotive. The 118-inch X-frame chassis had beefier rear springs for pickup-truck responsibility. Nonetheless, relatively than Reo’s personal Gold Crown six, the 6AP used a 209.5-cid Continental six of 72 horsepower—albeit with the Reo identify forged within the block. The engine was marketed because the Silver Crown. Among the bodywork was from Reo’s 1933 Flying Cloud S2. Disguised with distinctive sheetmetal, the Reo 6AP was additionally bought by Mack sellers because the Mack Jr. Reo gained some much-needed income from the deal, whereas Mack sellers had been capable of supply a light-duty truck along with their large rigs.

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1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

The ’36 Speedwagon 6AP pictured right here is owned by Michael Kisber of Memphis, Tennessee. This Speedwagon initially served a California winery, however had migrated to Canada, which is the place Kisber bought it. The truck had been restored at a while, although not very properly. A minimum of it was almost full. 

Kisber needed the truck painted an genuine shade. Normal Speedwagon colours had been gray, black, or crimson. Nonetheless, the unique paint found behind the coil was maroon. It appears that evidently any Reo automotive shade was optionally available on Speedwagons—on this case Tokay Maroon. Different choices on this truck are grille-mounted twin horns and a radiator-cap decoration. Reo stenciled the 6AP mannequin identify together with a sequential ID quantity on the firewall. 

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1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

Tom Van Steyn of Full Circle Restorations in California returned the truck to inventory specs. There are fewer than 10 recognized remaining 6APs, and Van Steyn—who additionally restored the 1935 Speedwagon 6AP featured in CA’s February 2012 subject—considers this one to be essentially the most unique of them.

Kisber, who owns a number of different classic vehicles, says the Speedwagon drives like a automotive. In truth his solely different truck that’s as carlike is a Hudson pickup, which can also be primarily based on a automotive chassis.

How a lot precise velocity is there in a Speedwagon? Van Steyn claims to have hit 45 mph, and, though secure, he didn’t wish to go any sooner. For his half, Kisber says, “Quicker than you wish to go.”

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1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

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