This 1929 REO Flying Cloud Model-C Brougham was sold new in Syracuse, New York and purchased from an estate by the seller 21 years ago as a partially disassembled project. The vehicle was restored during a 10-year process as detailed below, and won a junior national AACA award in 2010. According to the seller, this is one of approximately 400 Broughams built, and just four are known to exist today. It now shows 43,030 miles and is powered by a 268ci inline-six paired to a 3-speed transmission with added electric overdrive. This REO is now being offered with all records since 2004 including the restoration and a clean New York title in the seller’s name.
During the restoration, the body was sandblasted, epoxy primed, and painted in correct Radio Blue/Delta Blue with black fenders. The body and wheels were pinstriped in correct colors, while the the frame, axles, and other suspension components were cleaned and painted. New running boards were fabricated from ash wood and covered in the correct matting with aluminum trim.
The suspension was refreshed including rebuilt lever arm shocks, and the front axle was straightened. The brakes were replaced. Non-stock additions consist of safety glass all around, period-correct TRIPPE driving lights, an added right tail light, turn signals, and halogen headlight bulbs. The seller reports that the front tires have cracking sidewalls, and the rear tires are new.
Inside, the upholstery was redone along with new carpeting throughout. All appropriate trim was re-plated in nickel, and the faux wood on the dashboard and doors was redone. Interested parties are encouraged to browse all interior pictures to see unique detailing such as the maritime scene on the dashboard displayed below.
A new wiring harness has been installed, and the gas heater under the passenger-side dashboard is said to be functional. The original Syracuse, New York dealer plate is affixed to the dashboard as shown in the photo gallery. The odometer shows 43,030 miles which are believed correct, but true mileage is unknown.
Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 268.3ci inline-six paired to a 3-speed transmission with electric overdrive, which reportedly allows the car to perform comfortably at 55mph. The overdrive allows for freewheeling and was fitted behind the transmission by shortening the driveshaft. During the restoration, the engine bearings were inspected, and the carburetor, generator, starter, distributor, and steering box were rebuilt.
The radiator was re-cored using a modern pattern in place of the OEM honeycomb routing. A new 6-volt battery was recently installed, and modifications consist of a spin-on oil filter, modern air filter, solid state voltage regulator, and electric fuel pump. The original air filter is included.
The undercarriage is pictured above, and the engine is noted to leak and consume approximately one quart of oil every 150 miles or so. A video detailing this REO throughout is shown below: