The Ten Most Significant Oldsmobiles

Gary Witzenburg
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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