The Curved Dash Oldmobile which first appeared in 1901is often regarded as th first mass produced vehicle as it was built on an assembly line using interchangeable parts. It is one of the most popular veteran cars with over 130 Brighton Run eligible vehicles listed in the Veteran Car Club’s Members Handbook. Many of the owners are enthusiasts who have had their CDO for many years and simply will not part with it and the model is also frequently chosen by people as their first London to Brighton car.
One obvious reason is that they are very good value for money when compared with other machines with a similar specification. However it isn't only their pricing which makes them so attractive as they are very good cars in their own right. Apart from being quite charming to look at they are very easy to drive, they have more than adequate power, very simple to use gears (you don't have to worry about double declutching) and light precise tiller steering which may seem a bit unfamiliar at first but soon becomes second nature. They are also, like most American cars of the period, relatively simple to maintain and very robustly made.
This particular car with factory number 8691 and issued with Veteran Car Club dating certificate number 2052, is in lovely original condition with the kind of patina that can only be acquired with age. Its powerful water-cooled 1 ½ litre single cylinder engine is quiet and pulls very well on the road. It has a cylinder decompressor and a large flywheel so hand starting it is easy though some people do fit electric starters to these cars if they feel so inclined.
Originally intended to be a runabout for relatively local use the Curved Dash soon proved its long distance credentials with Hammond and Whitman's 1903 run from New York to San Francisco. In fact the model proved immensely popular selling in relatively large numbers from the outset and a good look at and drive in the car will explain why!
The Olds will be sold with an entry for this year's London to Brighton run so you have a complete ready to go car for Sunday 5th of November and many future runs!