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1917 Oldsmobile

Model 45 7 Passenger Touring


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Engine Size
246ci V8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Manual

1917 Oldsmobile Model 45 7 Passenger Touring

1917 Oldsmobile Model 45 7 Passenger Touring

Following Oldsmobile's acquisition by General Motors in 1908, the company worked hard at developing its reputation as a maker of quality cars. Oldsmobile developed several innovative models and experimented with models of the luxury class. However, by 1913, the company changed course toward becoming a maker of quality, medium priced autos. Innovation and quality led to growing sales and by 1916, Oldsmobile had introduced an attractively priced V-8. This car was to prove a hit and led to a production of 10,507 cars. Production doubled to 22,613 in 1917 with the introduction of the Light Eight Series, Model 45 - Eight.

For consignment, a barn find condition Model 45 from 1917. This example will be in need of TLC for all aspects, interior, mechanical, and exterior.


All steel showing some surface rust, dents and dings, and paint nearly gone. Amazingly though the only invasive rust seen is on the underside of the rear passenger door. A cowled hood, 4 doors, running boards and fenders make up this long car. The convertible top has long since rotted away, although some of the frame still exists. Wood spoke wheels are on all 4 corners and dual spare tires are strapped to the back of this car.

More TLC needed as black leather tuck and roll benches for the front and back. Door panels are missing as is the seat for the rear bench. Within the front bench are two jump seats that can fold down for the seating for 7. The dash has all the original parts and looks more like an old control panel for a power plant than a dash, but it's all there. As is the original leather covered steering wheel with spark advance and throttle lever, although it has suffered significantly from water damage. The floors are worn with the covering nearly gone which was originally rubber.

The first car to offer up a V8 engine, this one sports a 246ci V8. It has a 1-barrel carburetor and a 3-speed manual transmission. This engine currently does not crank or run.

Heavy surface rust is abundant underneath this car. Structural stability has been compromised on the driver's side floor pans and body hangers. This damage appears to have been caused by a battery which is located in this area. The muffler is rusted through, and running boards are suffering from surface rust and some invasive rust. Mechanical drum brakes and leaf sprung suspension is seen all around.

A barn find from 1917 making this car over 100 years old! Amazingly for 1917 this car has a lot of positive attributes like the V8, 7 passenger seating, and a convertible which most of the cars of the era did have except for Henry's Model T. It will need to be worked on very diligently however when you are complete, you will have something nearly no one else possesses.

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.