Oldsmobile (Olds Motor Vehicle Co) History
Oldsmobile were from the year 1897 in Lansing (Michigan) produced by the Olds Motor Vehicle Co. Vehicles.
Oldsmobile’s were first manufactured by the Olds Motor Vehicle Co. in Lansing, Michigan. In 1908, the cars named as olds automobile and later as Oldsmobile’s. General Motors (GM) took over the company, originally founded as RV's Olds Motor Car Company by Ransom Eli Olds, and continued to use the Oldsmobile brand until 2004. The Olds Motor Works were before Ford, the first commercially successful car manufacturers in the United States, the mass-produced. In the brand's 107-year history, GM produced 35 million Oldsmobile vehicles; thereof about 14 million in the Lansing plant. In the 1960s and 1970s Oldsmobile was one of the most successful brands in the US and also stood for technical peculiarities and innovations.
By 1901 the company produced 635 cars and in the early 1900s the Curved Dash" was the first mass-produced car in the USA not Ford as many believed.
From the thirties for several decades, Oldsmobile got into the habit of equipping the model’s name with a pair of digits, the first representing the body type (the digits 6, 7, 8 and 9 were used) and the second the type. of engine if 6 or 8 cylinders, even before the outbreak of the Second World War, the company's models premiered first in semi-automatic and later fully automatic versions.
During the conflict the production was converted to that of war material and the first cars returned to light only at the end of 1945. The company's image in the post-war period was associated with its new V8 engine which offered power on average much higher than that of the competition. The Oldsmobile, which within the General Motors group was located halfway between the Pontiac brand and the Buick, was also used to preview some innovations on the automotive market, at least in the US, such as the removable hardtop, the engine turbocharged and the front-wheel drive (with the Tornado).
Its popularity on the domestic market had a continuous growth until the eighties, when it began its slow decline that led the parent company to decide to close it in 2000; it actually closed on 29 April 2004 with the exit from the assembly line of the last vehicle produced, the Alero model.
In May 1981 the RE Olds Transportation Museum was inaugurated, i.e., the museum dedicated to the cars produced by
Under the Oldsmobile logo, General Motors produced 304,634 cars in 2000, but only two years later it was just 162,000 vehicles. This decline continued, with the result that General Motors Corporation discontinued production of Oldsmobile vehicles on April 29, 2004. The last model that came off the line at GM's Lansing plant at Oldsmobile was an Alero that was brought to the RE Olds Transportation Museum.