Wednesday, April 25, 2018


When I first found this image in an old book, I figured it had to be a joke but no, the Reeves OctoAuto was based on an 1910 Overland automobile and was produced in 1912 and 13. The design had to be influenced by looking at railway cars. Predictably it was not as success, nor was its slightly more sensible successor, the Sexto-Auto. 
Milton Reeves, the developer of these concepts, had earlier more conventional successes, notably a variable speed pulley system, a muffler patented in 1897 and an engine that was adopted by the Sears motor buggy

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