Oct 02 2017

Mystery Foto #39 Solved: The 1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout Owned by Sam Greco


As a follow-up to Sunday's post on the 1897 Grant, last weekend's Mystery Foto featured an automobile which is one of the oldest vehicles currently owned by a Long Islander.

Mystery Foto questions:

  • Identify the year, manufacturer and model of the automobile

1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout.

  • Who is the current owner?

Master mechanic Sam Greco of Garden City Park. The photo was taken at the 2017 Old Westbury Gardens AACA Meet.

  • Bonus: Identify an automobile currently on Long Island that is older than the one in the Mystery Foto. Please forward any jpegs to Howard@Kroplick.com .

Below is the current running list. The oldest known automobile owned by a Long Islander is Sam Greco's 1901 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout.

Congrats to Greg O., Gene Kennedy, Bruce Adams, Sam Berliner III and Ted for identifying Sam Greco as the owner of the Oldsmobile in the Mystery Foto.

Kudos to Sam Greco for owning a 1901,1902 and 1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabouts.

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick


The Oldest Automobiles Owned on Long Isand

1901 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout owned by Sam Greco. Sam is seen here with his father at the 1995 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout owned by Sam Greco.

1905 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout owned by the Suffolk County Historical Society.



Comments

Sep 29 2017 Dave Russo 11:07 AM

I don’t know anything about cars, but I do know Gold Coast locations and that photo was taken at Old Weatbury Gardens!

Sep 29 2017 Greg O. 7:40 PM

Identify the year, manufacturer and model of the automobile
-1902 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout

Who is the current owner?
-Sam Greco

Bonus: Identify an automobile currently on Long Island that is older than the one in the Mystery Foto. Please forward any jpegs to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
-Unsure, but still looking!

Sep 30 2017 Dick Gorman 7:44 PM

Mystery Foto # 39… The auto is a 1905 Curved Dash Oldsmobile. The current owner would be Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead. The name John Van Mater Howell of Southold is associated with this car. The original owner, Maybe.  As I recall someone was producing scaled down, functional replicas back in the 50s or 60s. I remember one at the Worlds Fair where I worked in 1964, 1965.

Oct 01 2017 GENE KENNEDY 12:39 AM

I BELIEVE THAT IS SAM GRECO DRIVING THE 1903 CURVED DASH OLDSMOBILE. HE USUALLY HAS IT AT WESTBURY GARDENS SHOW AND AT THE EASTER DAY PARADE.
SEVERAL YEARS I JUDGED A 1899 LOCOMOBILE HERE ON LONG ISLAND. IT WAS STEAM POWERED

Oct 01 2017 GENE KENNEDY 1:28 AM

A VEHICLE THAT IS OLDER THAN THE SAM GRECO 1903 OLDSMOBILE, IS A 1901 ROCHESTER STEAMER, IT WAS IN PARKER WICKAMS’S MUSEUM COLLECTION IN MATTITUCK L.I.  I SAW IT THERE UNTIL 2011 WHEN PARKER PASSED.  I DO NOT KNOW IF SOMEONE ON LONG ISLAND NOW HAS IT OR IT WENT SOMEPLACE ELSE. MANY OF HIS VEHICLES WENT TO A MUSEUM IN ALASKA. I WAS TOLD THIS RECENTLY BY A FELLOW HERE ON L.I. THAT NOW HAS PARKERS’ 1952 MUNTZ JET.

Oct 01 2017 Bruce Adams 7:47 AM

Sam Greco’s 1903 Oldsmobile

Toyn Guarnaschelli’s ALCO truck might be older?

Oct 01 2017 Walter McCarthy 9:02 AM

1901 Curved dash Oldsmobile

Oct 01 2017 S. Berliner, III 3:04 PM

Just off hand, it appears to be a 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile.  Sam, III

Oct 01 2017 Ted 6:15 PM

This mystery photo to me is too easy to me,because I knew right off the bat that’s Sam Greco driving that car and I know he has a car like that,he brought it to the Easter Parade in Garden City,so all I had to do is find about it. This is what I came up with. The car is a 1905 Curved Dash Oldsmobile.As to another car older than that,I might get back to you on that.

Oct 03 2017 Gary Hammond 7:14 PM

Many of Parker Wickham’s automobiles wound up at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska - one of the best auto museums in the U.S.  And yes, his 1901 Rochester Steam Runabout is there.  Also located there is the 1899 Hertel that Henry Austin Clark once owned (among other ex-HAC vehicles on exhibit).

Oct 04 2017 GENE KENNEDY 12:46 PM

GARY, THANKS FOR THE FOLLOW UP INFORMATION. ON THE 1901 ROCHESTER. IT SEEMS IT IS NO LONGER ON L.I. BUT AT LEAST IT IS IN THE U.S.A. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE 1899 LOCOMOBILE THAT WAS ON L.I. IS NOW. ALSO DOES SAM GRECO HAVE MORE THAN ONE CURVED DASH OLDSMOBILE.
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Howard Kroplick

Gene, Sam Greco has three Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabouts (1901, 1902 and 1903)

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