This car was originally factory built by American Air Products Corp., of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida sometime between 1958 and 1962. The model was known as a “Merry Olds”. These replica cars were featured in the Sept. 1958 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine, a copy in the photos. Named after a popular song of 1905 – ‘In my merry Oldsmobile’ – the Merry Olds was a revival of Oldsmobile’s famous curved dash runabout of 1901. Intended as a recreational vehicle, the Merry Olds was introduced in 1958 by The Air Products Corporation of Ford Lauderdale, Florida and advertised as ‘The car with the backward look’. It was a close copy of Oldsmobile’s original runabout right down to its tiller steering, bicycle type wheels, chain drive and brass lamps. The Merry’s engine was a single-cylinder 500cc 4hp Clinton; a top speed of 35mph and 60 miles per gallon was claimed. Factory built and not a kit car, the Merry Olds could be licensed as a motor vehicle in all States. Production continued into the 1960s. Originally it sold for $1495.00 in 1958. This particular example belongs to the son of the Founder who built these vehicles right here in Ft. Lauderdale. It was fully restored around twenty years ago and has been garaged since, seeing very little use. Call Tom at (954)461-1892 with any questions.
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