Ranson E.Olds built an experimental three-wheeled steam car in 1891. He abandoned the idea and six years later he developed his first gasoline engines. Olds is credited with being to first to mass produce automobiles, the famous "Curved Dash" Oldsmobile. Later he started the REO automobile company.[1]


Floyd CLymer published this image and short paragraph about Ransom E. Olds building a steam car in 1887.

Ransom E. Olds Steam Car 1892.  Fanciful Drawing.

This fanciful cartoon of Ransom E. Olds' Steam Car lists a date of 1892.

[1]Georgano, G. N., Encyclopedia of American Automobiles, (New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1968), p. 145.