National Geographic : 1913 Jun
Next Year's Cars By R. E. Olds, Designer All men can see that these are some features which next year's cars must have. Reo the Fifth is the only car in its class which offers them all this year. Left Drive The leading cars this year have left-side drive. You know that all cars must follow. The delay on some cars is simply due to the cost o f changing old - style models. The laws in Europe compel the driver to sit close to the cars he passes. And he sits there now in the best cars built in America. Reo the Fifth has this left-side drive. More than that, it has a single-rod center control. All the gear shifting is done by moving this rod only three inches in each of four directions. There are no side levers to block one front door. There are no center lev ers to block entrance at right. Both brakes are operated by foot pedals. So the Reo driver is never forced to dismount in the street. Another year, cars with levers in the way will hardly be considered. Big Tires Skimpy tires are also going out. Big tires are costly. But they save the extra, over and over, in cost of tire upkeep. We could save $6o on Reo the Fifth by using smaller tires. But your cost per mile would be twice as much. Set-in Lights All the best cars now have set-in dash lights electric lights - instead of projecting oil lamps. Note all the fine mod els. Projecting lamps, by another year, will be sadly out-of-date. Reo the Fifth, like all the best cars, abandoned them this year. Fine Finish Cars are also coming to lasting finish. Reo the Fifth has a 17-coated body. It has genuine leather upholstering, filled with the best curled hair. Even the engine is nickel trimmed. And every de tail shows the final touch. Cars skimped in these things, however well they look today, will very soon look shabby. Watch these features. They are visible, con spicuous. The lack of them, to every man who sees it, marks a passing type of car. "Geographic readers may depend upon the character of our advertisers."