Seal Cove Auto Museum, Antique Autos and Motorcycles from the Brass Era, Mount Desert Island, Maine
1904 Curved Dash Olds
  • Manufacturer: Olds Motor Works, Lansing, Michigan 1896-1943
  • Body Style: Runabout
  • Cost new: $650
  • Number produced: 5,000
  • Engine: One-cylinder, flat-mounted water-cooled, situated at the center of the car
  • Horsepower: 4
  • Transmission: Planetary (epicyclic) with two forward speeds and one reverse

The Curved Dash Runabout was the first high volume mass-produced automobile. It was introduced by the Olds Company in 1901 and produced through 1907. The engine turned at 50 R.P.M. - one chug per telegraph pole. The car was made under license in Germany as the "Polymobile" and "Ultramobile."