Oldsmobile Model 45 Light Eight Touring
Despite the cessation of Oldsmobile production in May 2004, the GM Division remains the sole American marque to operate from the late-19th century into the 21st century. From the instantly recognizable Curved Dash Runabout of 1903, Oldsmobile quickly progressed through many great cars and engineering achievements during its early years, including the Autocrat and the “road going locomotive,” the mighty Limited. Four- and six-cylinder models comprised the Oldsmobile product line until August 1915, when production commenced of the new 120-inch wheelbase, V-8-powered Model 44 Light Eight, which began a new era and quickly outsold its four-cylinder companion models.
While Brass-Era cars have routinely commanded strong prices at auction, the somewhat later Nickel-Era cars are rising in collector interest, with their attractive combination of greater power output and improved mechanical specifications at a lower cost. This Oldsmobile is an excellent case in point.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
58 hp, 246 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with reverse, solid front and full-floating rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and two-wheel, pedal-operated service brakes. Wheelbase: 120"
Source: RM Auctions