I talked to Carl today and the 31 Royale Victoria he has for sale is most of the body parts and frame, along with head lites, tail lites, and other chrome pieces. It does not have either of the running boards and is missing the entire Reo drive train including the rear end. Carl's intention was to street rod the Victoria but his health is preventing him from finishing the project. Along with the car are 4 or 5 artillery wheels and hub caps he thinks are from a later model (maybe '33 or '34). The price is $18,000.
A friend sent this to me. It is in the latest Hemming's Classic Car magazine.
From a post on the aaca forum:
There is an extensive article in the April 2016 issue of Hemmings Classic Car that covers this topic. They apparently had them in red, blue, sandstone and granite, among others, with a mottled effect for some of the colors. They were called the Color-Weld line of tires.
Post by markgregory on Mar 3, 2016 21:44:38 GMT -6
Thanks A.J. for the information .
It's in the April 2016 copy of Hemmings Classic Car. This is not Hemmings with the ads,, but their slick cover specialty magazine with the large Classic Car logo on the front. The article is on page 54 and is called "Walls Of Color."
Wow! Beautiful car, and in great shape. Is it known who owns it or what city is the car in? If you have any contact information, perphaps we could get him into the group. He could probably benefit from the sidemount cover project.
Set up by American motor industry entrepreneur, Ransom E. Olds-who went on to form a number of companies in the automobile industry, the REO Motor Car Company was based in Michigan and produced cars and lorries from 1905 until 1975. In 1897, Olds had founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, which later, as Oldsmobile, became part of General Motors, however Olds had left by 1905 and set up REO. which, within two years had gross sales of $4.5 million making it one of the four wealthiest motorcar manufacturers in the U.S.
The REO 'Royale' was a bit of a trendsetter, with its pioneering use of streamlining, and introduced design elements that were frequently imitated on later models from other manufacturers. Beverly Kimes, the editor of the 'Standard Catalogue of American Cars', described the Royale as "the most fabulous REO of all". In addition to its dramatic coachwork, penned by Amos Northup of Murray Design, the Royale also provided buyers with a 125 hp straight-eight with a nine bearing crankshaft, one shot lubrication, and thermostatically controlled radiator shutters. The 8-cylinder model was sold until 1933 with minor updates
One of the finest examples still in existence this car, an REO 'Royale Victoria Coupé', has a fascinating Danish provenance. Imported to Denmark on the 14th April 1931 by its first owner, the German Consul Ludvig Wohlert, this distinctive car was to remain with him right through the war up until 1946. Under German occupation during the Second World War, Denmark was unique in retaining the King as Head of State, although King Christian was proudly defiant and often sought to upset Adolf Hitler in official correspondence. According to our vendor, the family Wohlert had close ties and a long-lasting friendship with the Danish Royal Family, and the car was used and driven by King Christian the Tenth, who was famous for his love of American luxury cars and once owned a Cadillac, when the royal family stayed at Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus, the location for this very auction. The Royale's second owner was Danish director Axel M. Jensen from Aarhus who looked after it until the mid-1960s.
Our vendor, a distinguished Danish collector, took over the custodianship in 1981 and set upon a period of restoration works over the next five years. This particular car is fitted with a substantial 5.9-litre engine producing 125 horsepower, an automatic chassis lubricator, hydraulic brakes, a three-speed manual transmission, Ross steering gear, and a chrome luggage rack. It's one of only four Royale Sport Victoria Coupés believed left in Europe and is in good, running condition, having been regularly maintained, and our vendor states that "It's a delight to drive".
Last Edit: May 28, 2016 14:44:39 GMT -6 by alsancle
Another in Europe. Translation of back of picture:
Einar Beyron siting at side of car while Brita Hertzberg inside of car. Einar Oscar Beyron , born 24 February 1901 in Malmo , died 26 March 1979 in Stockholm , was a Swedish opera singer ( tenor ), COURT SINGER , song lyricist and theater director . He was the brother of Henry Beyron . Olga Brita Lovisa Hertzberg Beyron born Hertzberg 19 October 1901 in Norrkoping , death 17 november 1976 in Stockholm , [ 1 ] was a Swedish opera singer ( soprano ) and actor. man,woman,people,car,siting,together,1935,
1931 Reo Royale Victoria Coupe - only 5 known, all wood removed and replaced with steel, new floor pan, top sealed, no rust repair needed, fat man front end, 9" rear, have hood, grill, radiator support, headlights, bar, gauges, no rear fenders, no running board, artillery wheels reo, and reo caps, have $38,000 invested - For Sale $26,000 No Trades - located in Rogersville, TN - Call
tim: Mark my hood is complete and you are welcome to examine when you come over to Michigan. Also, the chrome strip or stainless stops at the rear of hood. Does not go to the windshield
Apr 24, 2015 13:38:30 GMT -6
davidsnow: Just saying hello as a new member. Thank you to John Phillips for reaching out and letting me know about the forum. I live in Wisconsin and have been in the REO club for several years. My wife and I currently are serving as custodians of REO merchandise.
Jan 17, 2016 10:57:38 GMT -6
harley: My attempt at creating a thread with an attachment of the Royale stationary does not seem to allow the attachment to open for view. What did I not do correctly? This is my first time on a forum so it is all new to me. (Harley)
Aug 20, 2016 13:49:41 GMT -6
JohnGPhillips: The spam topics and offending users have been removed. Apologies to all.
Aug 14, 2018 11:36:56 GMT -6
lovecars1: My Father owned a 1931 Reo Royale 8 that once belonged to Premier Hepburne of Ontario Canada in the 1930s,my Dad owned this car in Kingston,Ontario in the mid to late 1940s.I remember him saying it was horrendous on fuel.
Aug 22, 2018 15:02:20 GMT -6
coley: Hi John and Mark. Coley here. Making more REO door handles. I need to find a supplier for the lock cylinder and keys for the outer locking door handles for a 1930 flying cloud and others. Or a handle with keys.
Feb 22, 2019 12:08:45 GMT -6