Can anyone list the differences between the early cars and late ones. I can see that the radiator is sloped back (or is the bottom sloped forward) and the fenders are skirted. Were there mechanical differences. It seems there are very very few of these later cars (even less than the earlier ones!).
I recently bought a Royale that is a 1933 N1 based on the number stamped into the frame "1N2119". The grill is vertical, not sloped like the one shown earlier in this thread. Is the 1933 N1 basically the same as the 1931 8-35 and the 1933 N2 the "new" style with the sloped grill?
Additionally to what is posted above, one further note based on observation: by 1933 the Royales (in this case at least the N2 as I have not seen a pic of a N1, but I take it they would have the same treatment) do not use fender lights. The headlights must have had the parking lights inside the main headlight unit… but perhaps some of you 1933 owners can confirm on that one.
Also, as A.J. noted, the side spare tire covers are different, fully enclosed on the case of the N2 at least.
Now, as to your question: "Is the 1933 N1 basically the same as the 1931 8-35 and the 1933 N2 the "new" style with the sloped grill?"... I think you may be right!
I have only one "old" pic in which an N2 at some show is shown but that also shows a large sedan on it's side that could very well be an N1, and in the little that can be seen the grill would appear to be vertical (as in the 8-35) and it appears to have the one piece bumpers. Unfortunately parking lights cannot be seen. It also shows external horns just like what your car has (earlier Royales use an internal Klaxon 18-C horn, if memory serves me right) and straight type door handles (earlier 8-35 has curved handles).
The car that can be seen from the front is clearly an N2 and I believe the light car on the back is also an N2, a coupe in this case... the curious and interesting thing to me is the center car, which I am guessing that may be the N1, but it is the only pic I have seen of one, and it shows it basically as an 8-35 with the minor differences that I mentioned above. This would help settle the doubt some of us had on the "other" 1933 car that was auctioned some time ago and that shows also the earlier body style with the one piece bumpers and external horns... and the semi automatic gearbox which we know was introduced for 1933.
So, summary is, I think you may be right with your assumption. But of course, I am no authority.
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