Olds even went so far as to declare that the R-5 marked his limit. Of course, Reo went on to improve its cars, but Olds’ leadership became less and less apparent, and his declaration of the R-5 proved to be prophetic.
According to the only family that has ever owned this vehicle, it was purchased new by M. Walter Tobey, of Winslow, for use in his lumber business. Tobey subsequently received a contract to provide lumber for the reconstruction of a bridge in Wiscasset. As his touring car was by no means sufficient for such a job, Tobey had the passenger car converted into a delivery truck. How long the Reo was in service for Tobey is not known. The truck was later placed in storage and left to one of Tobey’s nephews. The truck remained in storage until 1976, when it was made operable and run in a parade in Camden, celebrating the nation’s Centennial.
Specifications: 30-35 horsepower, 240 cubic inch, four-cylinder engine.
Cost new: $875.