1902 Curved Dash Oldsmobile Replica by Merry Olds.
This car was originally factory built by American Air Products Corp., of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida sometime between 1958 and 1962. The model was known as a “Merry Olds”and the serial number of this car is 390333. These replica cars were featured in the Sept. 1958 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine, a copy in the photos.
Named after a popular song of 1905 – ‘In my merry Oldsmobile’ – the Merry Olds was a revival of Oldsmobile’s famous curved dash runabout of 1901. Intended as a recreational vehicle, the Merry Olds was introduced in 1958 by The Air Products Corporation of Ford Lauderdale, Florida and advertised as ‘The car with the backward look’. It was a close copy of Oldsmobile’s original runabout right down to its tiller steering, bicycle type wheels, chain drive and brass lamps. The Merry’s engine was a single-cylinder 500cc 4hp Clinton; a top speed of 35mph and 60 miles per gallon was claimed. Factory built and not a kit car, the Merry Olds could be licensed as a motor vehicle in all States. Production continued into the 1960s. Originally it sold for $1495.00 in 1958.
Of course this one deserves a freshening of its cosmetics. It runs well, steers, charges, starts and stops as it should. I used it with my kids however now I am teaching the kids on real cars, so its time for someone else to enjoy this and give it a fresh coat of paint.
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