A Brief History
On August 21, 1897, Ransom Eli Olds founded the car company that bore his name, Oldsmobile. Oldsmobile was in business for 107 years, making powerful, comfortable and smooth riding cars, but alas they have gone extinct, like many other car companies. Today we ask you, “What car company do you miss the most?”
We list a few for you to choose from, or name your own nominee: American Motors, Checker, DeLorean, Geo, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Packard, Plymouth, Pontiac, Rambler, Saturn, Studebaker, Triumph Motor Company, and Yugo.
Question for students (and subscribers): Which of these companies surprises you the most for going out of business? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
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For more information, please see…
Burness, Tad. My Dad Had That Car: A Nostalgic Look at the American Automobile, 1920-1990. Black Dog & Leventhal, 2017.
Parissien, Steven. The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car. Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
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