Photo model Oldsmobile 1904
The Oldsmobile was America’s first production car and the early models were considered much more
dependable than their contemporaries. The slogan of the Oldsmobile company was “nothing to watch but the road”. Its popularity was attested to by Gus Edwards’ song hit of 1905, “In My Merry Oldsmobile”. The car was powered by a four and one-half horsepower motor and power was transmitted to the rear axle by a roller chain, running directly from the motor shaft. Operation was by a single lever. No clutch was used since transmission was of the planetary-gear type. All in all, the “curved dash” Olds was a fine little car and gave its owners a great deal of fun and satisfaction.