Drivetrain: Rear engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: Horizontal single cylinder
Displacement: 118 Cubic Inch
Transmission: 2-speed planetary transmission
A Little History
The Oldsmobile Curved-Dash Runabout was a vehicle that was nearly snuffed from history before it was even introduced to the world.
Ransom Eli Olds had experimented with steam and electric propulsion but ultimately decided on the internal combustion engine. His curved-dash model was completed in 1900 and ready for market in early 1901.
However, a fire at the factory delayed the start of production with only one prototype rescued. Production resumed shortly thereafter and the first runabout was available to the public in the late summer.