Full Throttle Thursday

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Let's talk about power!  One of the most exhilarating things about driving is when you press your foot down on the gas pedal and feel the full force of the engine revving, ready for you to put the car in gear for it to shoot out of the driveway like a bullet and land on your neighborhood street at a mind blowing 25 miles per hour!

The car we honor today is the 1901 Oldsmobile Curved-Dash Runabout - a car that revolutionized car manufacture because it was the first effective use of mass production in the automotive industry, as inspired by the great car man himself - Ransom E. Olds. Of course, the idea of driving 25 miles per hour in a 1901 Runabout would have been about as conceivable as the idea of being able to paying cash for a brand new car, which would have run just about $650!  I mean, really. Who do you think we are, Mr. Moneypants?  The Runabout had a five gallon tank for gas, exactly one cylinder and one speed, and could travel a maximum of twenty miles per hour, which means it was likely pushing the limits to go that fast.  Just saying.