1903 Oldsmobile Model A Curved Dash Replica
Model: Model A Curved Dashed
Style: Replica 2-Passenger
Serial No: 390147
Engine Size: 95 cid
Engine Cylinders: 1
Engine BHP: 5 BHO
- Considered first massed produced car in U.S.
- Built from 1901 through 1905
- 1901 through 1903 production totaled 6,849
- Price new: $650
The Curved-dash Runabout A total of 6849 of this model were produced in the years 1901-1903. The engine data, below, are those of the original Curved-dash Olds.
The Oldsmobile Model R Runabout, which became known as the Curved Dash Oldsmobile, is classed as one of the very first production automobiles in America. Some historians consider it America’s first truly mass-produced automobile. It was introduced in 1901, and by 1907, production was nearly 19,000. Production in 1903 exceeded 4,000 units.
These cars were a winning combination of simple engineering, high reliability, versatility, and “charming good looks”. The single-cylinder horizontal engine could take the car up to 25 mph while delivering 25 mpg. The cost new in 1903 was $650, and the curved dash, with a delivery box attached to the rear deck, was the first car used by the U. S. Postal Service.