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The Reeves Pulley Co.
Columbus, IN

The Reeves Pulley Co.
Columbus, IN

The Milton Reeves Pulley Co. produced American Automobiles along with having a successful business making Tractors, Pulley's and a popular variable speed transmission. Milton Reeves was also the inventor of the muffler.

His first car was built in 1896 and was called a Motocycle and used his variable speed transmission to demonstrate how it delivered power to the rear wheels.

The Motocycle was a large American Automobile that was available in a 3 and 7 passenger Touring Car. Both used a 2 cylinder Sintz marine engine. Steering was by tiller in the back seat of the 3 passenger tourer and in the middle seat left side of the 7 passenger tourer.

1896 Reeves Three Passenger Motocycle
1896 Reeves Three Passenger Motocycle

1896 Reeves Seven Passenger Motocycle
1896 Reeves Seven Passenger Motocycle

Reeves made at least five different vehicles up to 1896. One was a twenty seat bus known as the "Big Motocycle" and was equipped with wheels nearly 6 feet tall. All used 6 or 12 horsepower Reeves engines or engines made by Sintz. After 1896 Reeves concentrated on his popular Variable Speed Transmission and his air cooled engine. His engine alone amounted lots of sales to Aerocar, Chatham, Maplebay and Marion.

1906 Reeves Model Six In Auto Race
1906 Reeves Model Six In Auto Race

Due to slow sales of his engines Milton Reeves produced American Automobiles once again in 1907. One was a 4 cylinder shaft drive automobile and the other a Model 6 cylinder chain drive automobile. Reeves also was successful with a high wheeler called the "Go-Buggy" with a 2 cylinder engine of his design. However, by 1910 the demand on his pulley business was such that automobile manufacturer was given up for a second time.

The Reeves Complete Chassis For High Wheel Buggy
The 1908 Reeves Complete Chassis For High Wheel Buggy

The Reeves Pulley Company of Columbus, IN also made complete chassis for other American Automobile manufacturers.  This advertising was for a 2 passenger "High-Wheeled Buggy". A Reeves double opposed air cooled engine and "The Reeves" double rolling friction two speed transmission was included. Price was $450.00.

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    1875-1912 Reeves Pully Co.
    1875-1912 Reeves Pully Co.

    Organized in 1875, the Reeves Pully Co. early on was known for their manufacturing agricultural implements. Implements included the M. T. Reeves Straw Stacker, Hoosier Boy Cultivator and the Reeves Stalk Cutter.

    1912 Reeves Octoauto
    1912 Reeves Octoauto

    Milton Reeves was not through building American Automobiles for in 1911 he built an enormous automobile with a 180 inch wheelbase, four axles and eight wheels he called the Octo-Auto. In 1912 he built another model with 3 axles. He called this monster the Sexto-Auto.

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