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The Olds Motor Vehicle Company was the first high-volume gasoline car manufacturer, and the first one to implement an automotive assembly line. Oldsmobile soon became the top selling car company in the United States early in the twentieth century. The company was bought by General Motors in 1908, which produced the Oldsmobile line for almost another hundred years, all the way up to 2004.


First established by Ransom E. Olds in 1897, the Olds Motor Vehicle Company was one of the earliest car manufacturers in the United States. Originally based in Lansing, Michigan, in 1899 the factory moved to a new plant in Detroit, where several prototypes were developed throughout the following two years. By March 1901, when a whole line of different models was ready to be mass-produced, the factory caught fire because of a worker’s crucial mistake. All but one of the prototypes were lost to the disaster, for two employees wheeled the Curved Dash model out while fleeing.


Production was moved back to Lansing and in 1902 the Oldsmobile Curved Dash became the first mass-produced car.  A hit song in 1905 called “In My Merry Oldsmobile” popularized the car brand, cementing its mark in the culture at the time. The last car in the Curved Dash line was produced in 1907, a year before General Motors purchased the company. The Oldsmobile marque would become one of the oldest surviving ones in the United States until its demise in 2004.

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