Not the band: ’48 REO Speed Wagon
Ransom E. Olds is the genesis of the name of this car company. First introduced in 1915, production continued through 1953. Although the basic design and styling of the chassis remained consistent, the Speed Wagon was manufactured in a variety of configurations (pickup and panel truck, passenger bus) to serve as delivery, tow, dump, and fire trucks as well as hearses and ambulances. Other manufacturers provided refits for adapting the Speed Wagon for specialized purposes. The Speed Wagon used REO’s “Gold Crown” series of engines and was well regarded for power, durability, and quality. Today’s Speed Wagon is fully restored to original condition and may be one of only 20 still standing. It’s powered by a 245 CI inline 6 that is said to be durable yet provide passenger car smoothness. We think it one very cool looking truck. It is bigger than a standard pick-up like a F100 and that might limit its fun factor. If you have a lot of property and are a do-it-yourselfer, this is a classy way of doing it. Click here for more details on eBay.