Adler 2.5 at the museum. Ref.1.
Adler 2.5 at the museum. Ref.1.
Technical museum Malmö. Cars.
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Swedish version

Thulin A20 1922

Data for Thulin car at Malmö Technical museum. Ref 1
Data for Thulin car at Malmö Technical museum. Ref 1Visited Dahlén museum in Stenstorp. Shown is a AGA car. Ref 1
Visited Dahlén museum in Stenstorp. Shown is a AGA car. Ref 1Visited Stockholm Technical Museum. Shown is this Thulin Typ A 1924. Ref 1
Visited Stockholm Technical Museum. Shown is this Thulin Typ A 1924. Ref 1Engine Thulin A 1924. Ref 1
Engine Thulin A 1924. Ref 1 Thulin car at Svedinos museum. Ref 1
Thulin car at Svedinos museum. Ref 1Thulincar type A 1920. Owner Sparreholms museum. Ref 1
Thulincar type A 1920. Owner Sparreholms museum. Ref 1One of two mc models from Thulin Factory. Ref. 1.
One of two mc models from Thulin Factory. Ref. 1.

Thulin A20 1922 on display at museum. Ref 1
Thulin A20 1922 on display at museum. Ref 1
Thulin bilar. Haldex car

This car (not the car shown) came into the ownership of Haldex through the following story. Bo Andersson who ownes some parts for a Thulin motorcycle was on a tour in north of Sweden stopped at Torsongs museum in the landscape of Dalarna south and near the city of Borlänge in order to ask for motorcycle parts for his Thulin mc.

The Torsång owner had been interested for old motor vehicles for a long time. If there were any parts, he should know. He didn't but there was a Thulin car type A (picture from veteran car magazine Signalhornet) in the north of Sweden for sale.

Bo took this information back to Haldex Company and they, at last succeeded to buy this car. As you can see on pictures it was thoroughly renovated and is now in a good stand. Haldex has also built a special trailer in order to be able to take the car to markets and meetings.

Weiertz brothers
As a last effort two Swedish brothers had constructed a car and Thulinverken helped to produce 13 prototypes and they were called type B. This project was canceled when Volvo announced their car 1927.

During WWI the AGA factory had a main production of machine guns and it was when this production ended that the FN-car was bought. About 12000 AGA cars where produced before the factory ceased. The AGA car in picture was found in Finland and renovated by enthusiast, now placed for ever at Dahlén museum in Stenstorp.

The investments that Thulinverken or Teve as it was called for a time after bankruptcy was the beginning of bad solvency because of expensive production tools in order to produce the cars.

The bankruptcy estates did continue the production up to 1927 when Volvo started to deliver their first, car popular named Jakob. This was the final end.

AGA car.
The car type was bought to Thulinverken through Gustaf Daléns subsidiary AGA company outside Berlin. The name AGA had noting to do with Swedish AGA production.

The German Works had bought? or stole the car construction from FN producer in Belgium. Most of the parts of the car was produced in Sweden except carburetor and electrical equipment which were imported.

Thulin car sales.
Thulinverken had also a contract with a reseller for 1000 cars, of these only 300 were produced. The car got a coach work made of wood. It was Palle Mellblom who led this work in the beginning. He had knowledge from the airplane production.

The car was for sale with a coach according to the customer wish. Different coach works offered can be seen here. The engine had an engine block casted including the gearbox.


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Swedish version

Adler Typ 10 Autobahn -38

Info text about Adler Autobahn 1938. Ref 1
Info text about Adler Autobahn 1938. Ref 1Adler engine.Note the welded top. Ref 1
Adler engine.Note the welded top. Ref 1Adler Autobahnat Svedino museum. Ref 1
Adler Autobahnat Svedino museum. Ref 1Info about Steyr. Ref 1
Info about Steyr. Ref 1

Karl Jenschke

Steyr 50, 55

Steyr pioniere

Adler 2.5 l.Ref. 51.
Adler 2.5 l.Ref. 51.Adler 2.5 l. Ref 51.
Adler 2.5 l. Ref 51.Car fair in Berlin 1939. Ref. 51.
Car fair in Berlin 1939. Ref. 51.Steyr Auto Pionier. Karl Jenschke. Ref. 42.
Steyr Auto Pionier. Karl Jenschke. Ref. 42.Adler after bombings 1944. Ref. 49.
Adler after bombings 1944. Ref. 49.Adler Type 10. Ref 49
Adler Type 10. Ref 49Adlers factory building. Ref. 49.
Adlers factory building. Ref. 49.

Memorial list about Adler

   Adler at the museum. Ref. 1.
Adler at the museum. Ref. 1.

Adler Autobahn 1938

Adler Autobahn is a very interesting car. The model followed the Airflow style and also a wish from Hitler that Germany needed fast cars for the autobahn.

After the war the car was of no interest for general buyers. The car had a 6 cyl. 2500 cc engine and was front wheel drive. Such a car was for sale in Norway in Classic Motor 2003. Totally rusty and without engine.

All people who had owned a front wheel drive Adler know that most models had no water pump. The engine was mounted reverse with the gearbox in front and fan/generator were driven by a V-belt in front of the clutch. The V-belt was possible to be opened up.
Cross view Adler. Ref. 49.
Cross view Adler. Ref. 49.
The car had in rear a quarter elliptic spring mounted in rear axle and fore just under the middle door pillar. In the front there were two/one plate springs cross the car. One over the gearbox and one under, these were also the uprights for front suspension. A very interesting construction and used on several marks in Germany. The rear construction made it possibly for the frame to be made shorter.

Adler story.
Heinrich Kleyer, 1853 - 1932, lived in Darmstadt Heinrich Kleier. Ref. 49.where his father had built a factory in order to produce machined parts. Heinrich got a controlled education which pointed that he was the once to take over factory. It was typical for industry leaders in Germany. After elementary school he was employed by a importer in Hamburg and sent for education in America. 1879 his father Wilhelm died. By unknown reason Heinrich couldn't take over the factory. This made that he started a machine shop of his own and produced bikes on the 1 of Mars 1880 in Frankfurt am Main. About cycles it is good to know that Heinrich Büssing was the first to produce and sell modern bikes. But still it was missing two
3 gear cycle from Heinrich early work. Ref. 49
3 gear cycle from Heinrich early work. Ref. 49
important construction principles before the bike would get it's final appearance. Heinrich formed the modern cycle frame. He had got the idea from Rover in England. High wheelers disappeared. The Scottish Robert Thomsen and Irish J.B. Dunlop was two men that invented and developed the pneumatic rubber tire. When this production later started in Germany 1893 Kleyer was a joint owner. Now the production of bikes could begin and the market had an unlimited need. 1895 Heinrich build a factory which was very large for it's time. It got the name Adler Fahrrad-Werke.
Typewriter from Adler. Ref. 49.
Typewriter from Adler. Ref. 49.
Now Heinrich had to keep himself busy with new projects. From America he, 1886, bought a patent for a type writer. This and other office machines became his next lucky investment.

A early car model from Adler. Ref. 49.
A early car model from Adler. Ref. 49.
Everything went on in good order and Adler Werke earned much money which had to be invested. The next large project became the Adler car. 1899 the first car was delivered equipped with a DeDion engine. The car was much alike Benz first car. Benz allowed also Adler-Werke to produce later Benz models like the Velo. 1903 Adler presented his first car with an engine of his own.

Car production.

There are few businessmen who started car production and not baptize the mark after their own name. Heinrich Kleyer is one of the few. May be his name was impossible for a car. He choose Adler instead. His mechanical company which had started already 1900 was reorganized 1906 when he put money only in cars instead of bikes and 3 wheelers. Adler bought DeDion engine 1901 and made a 4
Rumpler patent for a sving axle. Ref. 51.
Rumpler's patent for a sving axle. Ref. 51.
wheeler with fully elliptic springs and driving by prop shaft. 1903 Adler hired the well known constructor Edwin Rumpler. He started at once to design a complicated car with individual wheels. It became only a prototype. Edwin had his own patent for swing axle an torsion springs.

Adler 2.5 Typ 10

Engineer Karl Jenschke had worked at Steyer in Austria. Here he had designed a small car called
Steyr Type 50. Ref 1
Steyr Type 50. Ref 1
Steyer 50. This car didn't became popular enough on the market. Karl stopped working there and moved to Adler. The type of car he designed at Adler 1936 had considerable features from his Austrian car Steyr. The Adler car had several feature common with the airflow design which was popular during the 30th.

Jenschke had the opinion that if the style airflow would be okay, the design must deal with the bottom plate. Therefore the frame had at least two special constructions. The frame went in front part of wheels uprights and in the rear uprights for the plate springs and those were pointed forwards. This made the bottom plates rather flat.
2.5 l Adler frame. Ref. 51.
2.5 l Adler frame. Ref. 51.
The engine was placed far in the front. The rear axle was of the swing type and was supported backwards to a plate spring cross the car. This was a extraordinarily construction. A common gearbox coupled direct to the engine, which also consisted of a clutch with a steel plate. The car was in all parts new and didn't use any old parts from previous car models. The car was first shown at
Ambi  Budd xhassie på 2.5 l. Ref. 49.
Ambi Budd xhassie på 2.5 l. Ref. 49.
Berlin car fair 1939. Chariots were built by different builders like Ambi-Budd and Karman. Some special chariots came from Buhne and Gläser.

Characteristic for the cars from Adler in the beginning of 1900 was that the engine was placed in front ant powered over gearbox and
2.5 l models Ref. 49.
2.5 l models Ref. 49.
prop shaft to rear end with it's differential. During the thirties it became front drive. The Adler models were named 1 to 8, as the ps was added. The work time for Heinrich was now so high that he could not fulfill this by himself. He employed now 2 engineers, Franz Starkloph and Edmund Rumpler. These two developed the car program both the construction and production facilities. Now Adler developed a car of it's own without influences from other producers. Rumpler made the first construction of a rear end with differential and swing axel.

One popular car was what was named "kleinwagen" equipped with V2 engine. Heinrich realized though that what was needed was a 4 cyl. engine. This kind of engine should take the market. Heinrich was the leader as President up to 1932. All chariots followed the design of the day.

The high times.

Adler developed many models and equipped them engines with cylinders up to 8. The most popular became cars with torsion springs in the rear and cross over plate springs in front. The engine pointed backwards and gearbox in front and cooling by thermosiphon circulation for the smaller cars. Drive was normally on front wheels. These were the popular Trumpf models. They were constructed by H.G. Röhr. May be they were a heritage from Rumpler.

Rear end drive became standard 1937 with the model Autobahn. This car had a 6 cyl. 2.5 l engine giving 50 ps. This was a concession for Hitler. He wanted fast cars for the new motor ways. This was due to that the car had temperature indicator for oil. The production of private cars ceased 1939.

After the war.

During the war Adler was subcontractor for war production and many Adlers looked like other vehicles in Wehrmacht. Trial for new production was done 1948, but it was laid down most because of vd Hagemeier didn't believed that this would generate money. Instead he started with production of machines. Motorcycles were produced up to 1957. Now Triumph/Adler were merged and the English took over. The had as war booty taken the mc constructions from Adler through Ariel.

The sad end.

Memorial plate at Adler Werke. Ref. 49.
Memorial plate at Adler Werke. Ref. 49.
After this several selling of the company in different steps was done. The new owner produced office machines and other office products by the different
owners. First it was Grundig, then American Litton, Volkswagen and at last Olivetti.

The Adler company was emptied of its money and at last the
production ceased 1998.

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Swedish version

Chrysler 70 Sedan -30

The car is equipped with power gas generating plant, mounted in the rear. During WWII all petrol/oil were rationed for benefit of Ambulance, fire department and military forces in Sweden.  All privately driven cars had to build in gas generating plants. Producer gas is built on the principle to produce carbon monoxide. By heating wood or coal while weak oxygen supply. In this way an explosive gas was generated and could be used in a rebuilt petrol engine. This was a temporary solution, but any good power was not able to get.
Engine 6 cyl. 4,4 litres
Power 98 hk 3880 rpm
Gearbox 4 forwards 1 back
Electrical system 6 volt
Weight 2410 kg.
Max speed 110 km/h

Chrysler engine. Ref. 1.
Chrysler engine. Ref. 1. The gas plant mounted on this Chrysler. Ref 1
The gas plant mounted on this Chrysler. Ref 1

 About Chrysler 1
About Chrysler 2
About Chrysler 3
About Chrysler 4
About Chrysler 5
About Chrysler 6
About Chrysler 7
About Chrysler 8
Timeline Chrysler
Chrysler museum
Chrysler Imperial
About the car 1
Chrysler building
Chrysler building 2

Chrysler photoes 1
Chrysler photoes 2

Other persons connected to Chrysler

Gorge B Selden
the Brayton Cycle
William Collins Whitney
William E Chandler

Cars involved in Chrysler:

Stoddard Dayton
Cars 1924-66
Maxwell Cars
Timeline Maxwell and Chalmers
Dodge brothers
Durant cars
History of American cars

Willys Six 1931 at Arvika museum.Note number plate. Ref. 41
I remember this car driving through Grums when I lived there. Pope Waverly during renovation at Torsong museum. Ref. 1
Pope Waverly during renovation at Torsong museum. Ref. 1

Bilder på bilmärken som passerade Chrysler

Durant Flint car 1925. Ref.49
Durant Flint car 1925. Ref.49
Stoddard-Dayton. Ref. 49
Stoddard-Dayton. Ref. 49

Chrysler 70 sedan. Ref 1
Chrysler 70 sedan. Ref 1
Walter P Chrysler. Ref. 49Walter Percy Chrysler was born in Kansas 1875, as the third child of four. His parents had moved from Canada. They had emigrated from Germany in early 1700. The emigration was due to religious reasons as they were protestants. Both parents had lived in south of Germany.

Walters father moved to Kansas as he had work at railway building, which was the main working place at that time. He wanted that Walter should work with this too. Walter had another opinion and wanted to be school educated against his father's will. He was forced to go his own way.

Work at Union Pacific

Chrysler's first employment paid him 10 cent/h, the second 5 cent, but instead he got a four years free education as mechanic. In this way his salary went up and down. Soon he started to work at maintenance as mechanic at Union Pacific. Working with this he showed good talent and he advanced and soon became leader for this part.

The payment didn't suit Walter. He was now almost 20 years and started to change works in order to get higher education and raise his salary. This was not the case every time so sometimes he had to accept lower salary.


Locomobile 1920 at former Skokloster car museum. Ref 1
Locomobile 1920 at former Skokloster car museum. Ref 1
Info Locomobile 1920 as above. Ref 1
Info Locomobile 1920 as above. Ref 1
An important part of his life was a car fair in Chicago. Here he saw a white Locomobil Pheaton. He bought this car for $6000. This was a very expensive car. A friend guaranteed for a loan, when Walter only had a salary of $350 a month. It is supposed that this car started his car interest and from this car he learned how a car was built.
He started to work at Locomobile when 34 years of age and a salary of $275. Now he bought a StearnDureya 6 cylinder car. His salary started to raise. This was needed because he had large debts

Stearn. Ref 49
Stearn. Ref 49
when he had bought 2 cars. At 36 years of age he got a offer of $12000 as manager at Locomobile, but instead accepted $6000 as factory chief at Buick. Walter was now on his way into the car business. Buick was at that time the most selling car from General Motors. He made now so important updates in the production that his salary raised to $25000. General Motors and Durant had trouble for a while and Walter worked at Nash Locomobile Company but when Billy Durant again had control of GM 1915 Walter went back. GM got now the name General Motors Corporation.

"His mate" Durant

William C Durant. Ref. 49There were in America 1906 125 different car marks for sale. This was not good in the long run. It showed also that several marks had to cease production as they were not able to sell cars enough to pay their costs. In this situation there were several quite by large car producers who saw the need for merging distribution and selling. This was a good idea. In this situation

William Durant took control over General Motors, which had been controlled by Nash, 1916. Chrysler was offered by Durant to take over the Buick production (more about Buick). Buick was good selling. Many standing alone marks were connected to GM. See Oldsmobile.

As opposite party for GM the United States Motor Company started 1910. This union only survived till 1913 when it was overtaken by Walter Flanders who reorganized it to Maxwell Motor. This became later Chrysler.
Argo. Ref. 49
 Argo. Ref. 49
Chalmers 1922. Ref. 49
Chalmers 1922. Ref. 49

When 2 so powerful men like Durant and Chrysler met, they should of course not work together in the long run. They were born to lead their own companies.

Chrysler withdraw from GM.

When Durant started to involve in the Chrysler leadership "war" naturally started between them. This ended that Chysler quit working for GM 1919. He had during this time earned so much money and a large part was in GM shares. This was more than the director in the 2000 ever could dream of in bonus and shares. These shares were sold/bought by Durant for $10 millions. Chrysler now withdraw from work at the age of 44. He opened an office in Detroit as one of the most richest leader in America. Principle he only for new offers. During this time he projected Chrysler building in NewYork.

New challenges.

Quite right in the end of 1919 his old friend banker Ralph van Vechten, who once had financed his
Locomobile 1907. Ref. 49
buying of the Locomobile 1908. Willys Overland (more about Willys) was on it's way for bankruptcy and Walter Chrysler was asked to save the company. This was the beginning to create Chrysler Corporation. Walter worked at Willys for 2 years. During this time he created an engine construction center by employing 3 engineers from Studebaker. Chrysler didn't got the support from Willys border to approve a new engine. This was of course a trial to take over Willys.

The beginning of Chrysler Cooperation.

The Willys affair led to that Walter resigned, but got a new mission at once to save Maxwell Motors. Walter's plan was already settled in order to start his own car production and Maxwell was one part of this. During this time surely there were several shady economical decisions, with trials for overtaking and buying of factory buildings and so on. Walter didn't succeed with Willys but this this time he succeeded to take over Maxwell and with the new engine developed a new car.

Anything can be done with money.

If you have enough with money anything can be done. Particular during the depression during the end of 20 th. His new engine had 4 cylinders, pressure lubrication. The engine was mounted on rubber holders, just as the chariots. The car had 4 wheel brakes, oil and inlet air filter. Till 1929 an automatic gearbox could be added in the car on order. Chrysler had also constructed a new rim, which had the characteristic that the rubber part didn't left the rim when punctured. This rim style is today world
Maxwell 1925 later named Chrysler. Picture from for sale site.
Maxwell 1925 later named Chrysler. Picture from for sale site.
standard. This first car had still the name Maxwell, but was incorporated in Chrysler Corporation when production started. 1925 the Maxwell mark had disappeared and the name Chrysler could be read on the front instead.

Now Walter P Chrysler had free hands to develop his company. He bought Dodge Brothers, created DeSoto and Plymouth (suggested by Joseph Frazer at a border meeting) in order to be able to offer all price ranges. The most expensive and luxurious got the name Imperial..

From 1928 to 1930 Chrysler had stabilized his empire and was now the third largest car producer in America.

This was done during the great depression when many car marks disappeared after the stock exchange crash 1929. The rest is history.

If you want to know more about the manipulation by Chrysler in the American car jungle during the difficult years of the depression. Search among my links.

Columbia electric bus. Ref. 49
Columbia electric bus. Ref. 49

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Swedish version

Oldsmobile Curved Dash

Info at Malmö Technical museum. Ref 1
Info at Malmö Technical museum. Ref 1 The Curved Dash steering. Malmö Technical. Ref 1
The Curved Dash steering. Malmö Technical. Ref 1
 Curved Dashengine. Malmö Technical. Ref 1
Curved Dashengine. Malmö Technical. Ref 1
 Curved Dash Olds at Motala museum.  Ref 1
Curved Dash Olds at Motala museum. Ref 1
 Info at Motala museum. Ref 1
Info at Motala museum. Ref 1
 Curved Dash Olds at Motala museum. Ref 1
Curved Dash Olds at Motala museum. Ref 1
 Curved Dash Olds at Technical museum Stockholm. Ref 1
Curved Dash Olds at Technical museum Stockholm. Ref 1
 Swedish "Painting prins" Prins Eugen, in his Curved Dash Olds driving in Stockholm. Ref 1
Swedish "Painting prins" Prins Eugen, in his Curved Dash Olds driving in Stockholm. Ref 1

 Ransom Eli Olds 1 Ransom Eli Olds 2

Roy D. Chapin

Samuel L. Smith

Fredric L Smith

George B. Selden

Edward S. Jordan

Nucor Iron
Olds 2013

Curved Dash Olds 1901

Curved Dash Olds 1902

Curved Dash Olds 1903

Curved Dash Olds 1904

Short about Curved Dash Olds

Olds Michigan story

Early cars story

Olds Museum

Oldsmobile Wiki

Oldsmobile cars

REO Motor cars Jordan Motor Cars

Winton Motor Cars

REO Gold Comet

Diamond T

Olds Curved Dash at Malmö Technical museum. Ref 1
Olds Curved Dash at Malmö Technical museum. Ref 1
Ransom Eli Olds
Ransom Eli Olds. Ref 49.Ransom was the first generation child after his parents who immigrated from Dorset in England. He was one of fourth sons and born 1864. His father was named Pliny Fiske Olds (1828-1908) worked as a black smith and married to Sarah Whipple. He had settled in Geneva Ohio. The family had four sons and 2 daughters. Ransom was the younger and one older brother was Wallace born 1856.
In this text I use the following names: Ransom=Ranny= Olds

At the age of 22 1886, the family moved to Lansing Michigan. Ohio and Michigan are
Lansing and Detroit near "the Great Lakes". Ref 49.
Lansing and Detroit near "the Great Lakes". Ref 49.
situated in connection with the three great
lakes on the border to Canada.
It was in this area all car factories established. His father continued with his business and brought it in line with the needs in the area. Ransom had both in Geneva and Lansing done missions for the farmers. It is said that he by time didn't like horses and his most wish was to be spared from go by horse wagon. His father opened a firm named P.F.Olds and son (Wallace). Later Ransom took over Wallace place by paying him $1000. Ransom didn't go in the schools for it's days. Instead he educated according time went on.

In the company Ransom worked eagerly and created a horseless wagon. At this time it was steam engine that was important. He succeeded 1887 produce a wagon with 3 wheels. It was possible to drive it in 30 km/h. Next version was a gas driven vehicle
Ransom Oldssteam car. Ref Se link "Early cars story". Ref 49
Ransom Oldssteam car. Ref  1 See link "Early cars story". Ref 49
with four wheels. This one was bought by an English firm for transferring to India. This transport was not succeeded as the steamer probably sank on it's way. Ransom was a good mechanics. He had learned the job during his time when he worked with his father. He got his first patent 1886. It was about a producer gas engine which he had developed by himself. The engine was meant to be mounted as a help engine for boats. During the 1880 about 2000 of this type was sold and the company earned lots of money. This type of engine was tried in a horseless wagon already 1887. His father Pliny Olds didn't believe in this project but he didn't stop it. Now it was time to start a company for production of the horseless wagons. The old firm was abandoned and Ransom started Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing 1897.
Olds first petrol driven car. Ref 1 See link "Early cars story".
Olds first petrol driven car. Ref 1 See link "Early cars story".
 "Ranny" visited the Chicago Fair 1893 where he saw a petrol/kerosene driven engine. He understood that this was a solution which could be used. An intensive work started now in order to develop the gas engine in order to change gas for petrol/kerosene.

He had a ready solution for such an engine 1896. For this construction he searched for patent the same year. His activities of course cost much money and Ransom understood that he could not afford all that money. He came in contact with a restaurant owner in Lansing, Edwar W. Sparrow.

He invested money but didn't understand the way how to develop an engine to mount in a wagon. Sparrow demanded result from his invested money. Olds and Sparrow were not agreed on the way to work and Olds company almost went bankruptcy. Olds merged, 1899, now his father's gas generated engines and got a new investor.
Fredrick L. Smith. son til Samuel.  Ref 49.
Fredrick L. Smith. son til Samuel. Ref 49.
It was a cooper and lumber merchant, Samuel L. Smith in Detroit. Olds Motor Works now moved to Detroit where a new factory building was set up. This became the first factory in order to build cars in Detroit. The meaning was that the Olds runabout 1901 should be build here and it was equipped with Ranny's engine.
The car got the name Olds Curved Dash. He had orders for 300 and planed to sell it for $650. The weight was 650 pounds and it was advertized as $1 per pound. There were also other prototypes made to show different models. Now it happened that the
Curved Dash Olds at Motala museum. Ref 1
Curved Dash Olds at Motala museum. Ref 1
factory was on fire and most of the production locals were destroyed. Several different rumours about that all prototypes and drawings had burned but it is not true because these had been stored in basement where they were protected.

The production now started in the way to get sub production in surrounding companies and during this year 400 cars were produced. During the time when the factory was rebuild with help of the insurance money. All this made that Ransom was overstrained and had to slow down on his intensive work.

In order to be able to do this a smaller factory was build in Lansing and Ranny took care of this. The selling of the car now went on without trouble 1905 and the production was 5000 cars a year. The last car rolled of the line 1907. (Note my reminder about Åtvidaberg car in Sweden.)

Samuel Smith's son Fredric had 1902 taken over the lead in Detroit. Fredric and Ransom were not agreed and this ended up with that Ransom left his membership in Olds Motor in Detroit. In big companies it is said that a leader had resigned on his own demand. Anyway Fredric was president and he had naturally forced Ranny to resign.

Ranny sold all his shares and withdraw to Lansing. With this money he started a new car production under the name REO Motor Car Company. This was the initials in his own name. Olds had all basis to be able to start a new production and 1905 till 1909 he succeeded to sell several cars of different models.

In order to put Fredric on press he also sold a runabout for $650. Ransom's old company in Detroit, Smith-Olds Motor Works was already 1908 sold
REO Royale Eight 1932. Ref 49
REO Royale Eight 1932. Ref 49

to the new car producer  General Motors. With this money he started a new car production under the name REO Motor Car Company. This was the initials in his own name. Olds had all basis to be able to start a new production and 1905 till 1909 he succeeded to sell several cars of different models. In order to put Fredric on press he also sold a runabout for $650. Ransom's old company in Detroit, Smith-Olds Motor Works was already 1908 sold to the new car producer General Motors. Olds now let his employers run the work in Lansing and instead he worked with banking. He only interfered when his company 1934 almost was bankruptcy. 1936 he withdraw from REO and instead started to produce larger lorries.
REO runabout 1905. Ref 49.
REO runabout 1905. Ref 49.
 Diamond T. Ref 49.
Diamond T. Ref 49.
REO Bus. Ref 49.
REO Bus. Ref 49.
The company REO was later bought by White Trucks and REO was merged into Diamond T in order to win effects for common productions. Volvo lorries show up as a partner in White, in the end of 1990. During the WWII there were no production problems but after the war there were troubles for the company. During a period they produced garden machines and marine engines and had also other types of  activities. Olds creation which ended in a restructured company in scrap (recycling) line of business. May be a hard word but Nucor Corporation works with recycling of iron scrap. (Interesting site). The recycling for Nucor 2007 represent a recycled SUV car every fourth second.

The Ransoms car mark Oldsmobile was laid down by General Motors 1990.
Ransom Old Race Car "Pirate" Ref 49
Ransom Old Race Car "Pirate" Ref 49

Wonder if Ransom Eli Olds, who died 1950 is sufficient what became of his creation.

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SSK Boxcar
Storvik Odds and Ends
Svedino car & airplane
Soderhamn Air Force
Sparreholm museum
Sagen Technical museum
Surahammar MC
Swedish Air force museum
Swedish submarines
Torsong MC museum
Torsby Car MC museum
Technical museum Helsinb
Technical museum Stockholm
Ullared carmuseum
Volvo Industrial museum

Other sites
Military service
Travels (in Swedish)
My Heritage (in Swedish)

Trainmuseum Sweden
Vasteras Airmuseum
Hagfors Industrimuseum
Karlskrona Marina

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