Reeves Octoauto 1911

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Reeves Octoauto 1911 by Autocult

Four axles, eight wheels – a flop  
Miserable road conditions in the USA on the threshold of the 20th century led Milton Othello Reeves to think about giving drivers a pleasantly soft ride.   In 1910 he bought a noble sedan from the U.S. manufacturer Overland and implemented his idea to increase driving comfort – he doubled the number of axels. He mounted another axle on both the rear and front, so that the luxury sedan grew up to eight meters in length. The rest of the car was pretty much left as standard. With the double-axle construction, Milton Othello Reeves thought he could cushion the unevenness of the roads much more pleasantly. Reeves thus transferred the idea of Geroge Pullman, who invented the parlor car in railway in 1867 under the very same aspect an train of thought –spreading the load and reducing the vibrations by doubling the amount of wheels – to the automotive industry.   In order to be able to steer the excessively long vehicle, Milton O. Reeves designed the two front and one of the rear axles steerable – the front one had the largest steering lock, the second one a slightly smaller one, and the hinder rear axle steered in the opposite direction than the front axles. Thus, the car de facto turned around its own medial axis. In practice, the system seemed to work and the car pioneer went on a 3,000-mile promotion tour with his car. The journalists were very impressed by the unusual passenger car in terms of comfort. Based on the number of wheels, Reeves offered his vehicle under the name ‘OctoAuto’.   But in the end, Reeves did not sell a single copy of his car, as it was far too expensive with its purchase price of U.S.$ 3,200.

Description: Reeves Octoauto 1911
Catalogue#: ATC01015
Product Type: Resincast
Scale: 1:43
Event: Road, Concept Cars
Colour: Green
Drivers: -
Sponsors: -
Dates: 1911
Race/Position: -
Release Date: December 2021
Weight: 750 grams
Comments: Limited edition of 333 pieces

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A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.

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