The Ten Most Significant Oldsmobiles

Gary Witzenburg
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0409 Olds Limited

1911 Oldsmobile Limited Touring Sedan

While the modest Curved Dash established Olds on theautomotive landscape, the magnificent Limited raised its profile well aboveit. Debuting in 1910 in $4,600 Roadster and Touring and $5,800 Limo versions(SERIOUS BUCKS back then), it was upgraded for 1911 with a massive 707-cid,60-hp 6-cylinder engine. At 198 in. long on a 138-in. wheelbase with 42-in.wheels and two-tiered running boards, it dwarfed nearly everything on theroad and was capable of cruising at 60-70-mph. As depicted by WilliamHarndon Foster's famous 1910 painting, "Setting the Pace," one reportedlyraced the 20th Century Limited railway express from New York to Albany.andwon. Given their prices and exclusivity, these apply-named Olds flagshipswere produced in very limited volumes: 325 in 1910, 182 in 1911 and 140 in1912, including two bare chassis and three chassis intended for fire truckbodies.

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