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This ultra-streamlined Reo tractor was specially built to tow a Curtiss Aerocar, one of the earliest production fifth-wheel trailers. Custom built for Dr. Hubert Eaton of the Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks, its innovative cab-forward aluminum and leatherette body was constructed by Standard Carriage Works of Los Angeles, a coachbuilder that specialized in bodies for trucks and other commercial vehicles. It features a large storage area, sleeping quarters for the driver, and a separate four-cylinder engine for auxiliary power. A Williams air-brake system and dual rear wheels accommodate the permanently attached 10,000-pound trailer. First equipped with a V-12 White truck engine, the Reo tractor was fitted with a 300-horsepower Cummins 6-cylinder diesel in 1953 when the original engine wore out after more than 250,000 miles of use.

Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Gift of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park