Full Throttle Thursday

Nowadays, going out "full throttle" while driving means something entirely different than it did, say, only one hundred and seventeen years ago.  Today, putting your pedal to the metal can mean going from zero to two hundred miles per hour in sixty seconds if you have the right car.  Back then, it meant you might, on a good day, hit twenty miles an hour - pretty close to the maximum speed of the Oldsmobile Curved-Dash Runabout.

1901 Olds Runabout.jpg

These cars were major revelations to the American public.  At a time when automobiles were exclusively the play toys of the super rich, these cars were affordable at $650 a piece. Sure, middle-class Americans would require payment plans for an expense like that, but it was not in the realm of the spectacular for common people to purchase one.  Sure, the elite didn't like that, but it happened. The Runabout was not especially practical.  It didn't go fast and it didn't go far. It also didn't handle cold weather too well, and was certainly a challenge during rain or snow. But it was an amazing car and lead the way to a new way of life.  Only seven years after its introduction, a guy named Henry Ford would bring out something called a Model T.  In large part, the T was inspired by Olds' creation.  Come see the reproduction right here at the American Treasure Tour!