The Oldsmobile Motor Company has quite a history like so many brands. This history starts out with a man named Ransom E. Olds that was born in
Ohio and then moved to Lansing Michigan to work in a machine shop owned by his father. Like so many other young men the automobile was the future and before long the young Ransom built his own gas-powered car. Sorry no Oldsmobile brochures on that model, but I would like to take for a ride.
Ransom Olds and some other partners formed the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in 1897 and within several years the Oldsmobile was a best selling upscale automobile. In the early 1900’s the luxury features and styling set it apart from the competitors. The Oldsmobile brand become synonymous with quality like you will see in the Oldsmobile brochures found below. However Ransom Olds left the company in 1908 and Oldsmobile was eventually sold to General Motors.
The Oldsmobile Division on General Motors was born and they continued to build great selling vehicles like the 1915 Oldsmobile Model 42 Touring and the 1918 Oldsmobile Model 37. In the 1920’s the built the Oldsmobile Model 46 which was powered by a V-8 engine and seated seven passengers. In the 1930’s Oldsmobile continued to win customers with their independent suspension and “Hydra-Matic” transmission. Check out some the Oldsmobile literature and sales booklets from back in the day.
The Oldsmobile vehicles continued to turn heads and create enthusiasts with the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 powered by a V-8 engine with overhead valves and in 1949 it was chosen to be the pace car for the Indianapolis 500. Performance was the tone of the times and Oldsmobile introduced the 1953 Starfire that sported a fiberglass body and a 200-hp. engine. Oldsmobile continued offer innovations and popular cars into 1960’s and 1970’s with the Oldsmobile Toronado, which was a front-wheel drive car, and in 1974 the Toronado came equipped with a drivers side airbag, which was a first for a domestic automaker. The Oldsmobile brochures and literature do a great job portraying the vehicle as a step above.
The 1980’s are when Oldsmobile set a world speed record of 257 miles-per-hour with their Aerotech vehicle driven by A.J. Foyt. The most popular car of the time was the Oldsmobile cutlass and in the 1990’s they introduced Guidestar navigation ahead the other brands. However the Oldsmobile brand was loosing steam and the shared models with different badges in GM line became enough to call the Oldsmobile quits in 2004. However we have a great selection of Oldsmobile brochures and sales pamphlets for you to see the brand in its glory.