I would say it is REO without a doubt. I will send you pics to your email of John's cars trunk racks, since he confesses he is not good and taking and sending pics (hope you don't mind John). Perhaps you can ask him for measurements if you want to be 100% sure, but by the looks of it, I could swear that it is the real thing.
I will give you my un-asked for opinion: A Trunk rack adds a lot of charachter to the rear end of a car. Of course, with lines such gorgeous as in your car, it is not needed, but anyhow, they do look great in my opinion. If it were my car, I would certainly keep it.
I don't necesarilly like trunk racks when in use... the added external bulk does not help designs much, but folded without trunks they look great.
I guess it is a matter of tastes. I have seen many 'important' cars that don't have them (perhaps, if you were real wealthy and wanted the car for specific purposes you wouldn't ask for one, particularly in a car such as yours with an integral trunk) but many do also.
My Victoria will not have the optional integral trunk or buffeted trunk, as John calls it,but the regular rounded trunk lid, sort of what your car has. So, I will deffinately want to add a trunk rack to it, as I believe it will complement the lines of the car greatly.
I actually don't mind the racks as long as there is no trunk on it. The square trunks detract from the lines of the car. In this case, the picture from 1931 does not show a rack so I'll leave it off. Victor, thank you for the identification. I think it would probably not be right to put an original Reo trunk rack on a Ford T speedster. I'll talk to my friend as I'm sure he would understand. I'll post some pictures of the trunk also and hopefully it won't be REO so I can give him that.
Thanks for the pictures. I'm going to split this trunk discussion out into another thread and I'll post your pictures. I talked to my friend and he didn't want the trunk rack anyways so all good there. I'll let him have the trunk if he wants it.
Post by jlphillips on Jun 30, 2014 15:17:33 GMT -6
Royale trunks have always been a source of annoyance for us. Especially when you factor in the general public at shows pawing over it. Good thing to get rid of it. Perhaps offer it for sale at the club if he doesn't want it?
Post by john Phillips on Jul 1, 2014 6:53:37 GMT -6
A J, I am sorry about bringing about the discussion about the trunk racks. I certainly did not intend to embarrass you. My reaction was 'knee jerk' or maybe just jerk!
I also think it is REO specific. Early on, when I did not even know Bob Brunelle, when talking to Bob the firt time I found out he was looking for a trunk rack. Without saying a word, I boxed the one that came off of my Victoria and sent it to him as a gift because I was not going to use it on the Victoria as I thought it detracted from the buffeted trunk. Guess what, when we acquired Bob's beautiful blue sedan, the trunk rack came home with it.
You might want to ask Bob Brunelle the origin of the trunk itself. I don't think it is Reo specific.
John, always be honest with your opinions and I can guarantee you will never offend me! I'll hold on to the rack for now but will let my buddy have the trunk if he wants it. There is no way I will ever use it and they take up a lot of space!
As a matter of aesthetics and practicality, racks and trunks look fine on the regular production sedans. They were necessary for those traveling since the body has no luggage capacity designed in.
But, as a matter of aesthetics, they look terrible on convertible and Victoria coupes as well as the Dietrich Sport Sedan. These body styles have trunk capacity designed and integrated into the body configuration. As styles taking greater aesthetic appeal into account, they should never have their elegant proportions compromised by practical considerations. A rack folded neatly against the rear is allowable.
Do as they did in back in the day: transport the luggage ahead with the hired help in another car, or ship the travel trunks to the destination by rail!
P.S. As a matter of pure aesthetic appeal, a rear-mounted spare or spares to leave the clean swept of the front fenders and to emphasize the hood length is the ultimate ideal!
Post by jgphillips on Oct 19, 2014 15:44:48 GMT -6
Steve, I beg your pardon. I think the trunk rack looks good on my convertible. I agree that the trunk rack on the Victoria with the 'buffeted trunk' would look strange. That is why I gave mine to Bob Brunelle to put on his sedan, which ironically is now mine. John
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
sasquatch60: Does someone out there know the ohms rating of a fuel sending element for a 30's vintage Royale?
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