R.E. Olds: Automotive Pioneer & Yachtsman


The story of R.E. Olds’ life, his role as the most significant automotive pioneer in the horseless carriage era and his true passion: yachting. Utilizing family stories, private family photographs and Olds’ personal papers, this book reveals his successes and struggles as he finds himself drawn away from his numerous businesses to be “on the water” where he finds his greatest peace. The story of how Olds developed each yacht shows how he channeled his creativity into some of the most unique and beautiful yachts of the day. The story of the yachts after Olds’ ownership is equally fascinating as the author traces the ownership of these yachts to other prominent people of the era.