1910-1966 Photo Archive
Ransom Eli Olds was best known as the inventor of the Oldsmobile. In 1904 Olds was unsatisfied and left the company, which left time to help create the a new company bearing his initials, the Reo Motor Car Company, in Lansing, Michigan.
In 1910, the Reo Motor Truck Company began the production of trucks. Reo's legendary Speed Wagon led the way with shaft-drive, pneumatic tires, electric starters, and electric lights; features eventually found on all competitive makes. By July 1925, Reo Speed Wagon sales, since its introduction, exceeded 125,000. The patriotic Reo company produced nearly 29,000 military vehicles from 1940 through 1945.
Here is the story of Reo Trucks - presented through archival photographs and in depth captions.