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REO Speedwagon 1940-50 Information

Posted By JCuffe79 Monday, August 20, 2012 6:58 AM
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I have been contacted by someone looking for information on a REO Speedwagon Model RD. The serial number is 55R1750C, chassis number is 72055. They believe it to be mid to late-1940s, but unsure. Can anyone help me with finding out some information about this vehicle?

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If it has a flathead engine ( a Gold Crown ) it's pre-1949 when the OHV Gold Comet came out.

I think the hood was changed to have the REO script arranged vertically down the front center of the grill around
that time also.
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My dad has a 42 and a 49 Reo 19D models. In the forties I think the letter in the alphabet determined the year. The 42 has covers on the headlight mounts but the the 49 does not. The 42 nose has been battered beyond recognition, poor thing... Both have flatheads. Dad said it was listed as 48 but the title bureau said the serial number made it a 49.

One clue on age is the cowl vent and door fender cut. the 42 had more door cut. If I recall the "rule" the early Reos had the vent on top and later had it on the side.

Bruce


1932 White 643 restored in the working museum

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