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The REO Motor Car Company was a company based in Lansing, Michigan, USA. It produced automobiles and trucks from 1905 to 1975. At one point the company also manufactured buses on its truck platforms.

REO was founded by Ransom E. Olds in August 1904 (the name of the founder also lived on in the Oldsmobile). Olds held 52 percent of the stock and the titles of president and general manager.

1920s Reo was the most successful bus chassis from the US sold in Britain. The smaller type models were the first of the imports - they had a one ton capacity and a 27hp four-cylinder engine. Later on they supplied larger models 'Sprinters' and 'Pullmans' - these had six-cylinder engines and four wheel brakes.

Reo was one of the only US makers that made their own engines.

1926 Black and White Motorways iin Cheltenham had a 14 seat Reo charabanc.

1926 - 1927 Yelloway Motor Services bought twelve Reo's Majors' which held 20 passengers.

1928 They accquired a further twelve models. This time they bought Pullmans that carried 26 passengers.

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Sources of Information

  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris
  • [1] Wikipedia