1864-Ransom E Olds born.
1866-William Durant born.
1890-Olds Gasoline Engine
1891-Olds builds his first
1896-Olds complete his first
gas powered car.
1897-Olds Motor Vehicle Company
1899-Olds Motor Works incorporated.First
factory biult specifically for automobiles,Detroit Automobile Company formed
with Henry Ford super intendent.
1900-Detroit Automobile Company
goes belly up.
1901-Henry Ford Company for
med November 30.Henry Ford given one-sixth share and named chief engineer.Ford
leaves after only three months,takes with him the name and $900.
1902-Curved dash Olds wins
100-mile non stop race.Formed Henry Ford Company reorganizes it self as
Cadillac.Henry Leland chief engineer.Buick's first car completes 230-mile
round-trip test run.
1903-Olds "Pirate" racer is
first car to exceed 60 mph first production Cadillac.
1904-R.E.Olds resigns from
1905-Two Olds start from New
York City to Portland Oregon,in the first transcontinental auto race both
finishing the 4000-mile trek.
1907-Henry Leland introduces
precision measurement in high volume parts in order to produce interchangeable
parts in Cadillac.
1908-General Motors established.Buick,Oldsmobile,Cadillac,Oakland,Carter
car and Elmore,together with Reliance and Rapid trucks.Cadillac wins Dewar
Trophy for its succes in interchangeable parts.
1910-Cadillac first manufacturer
to offer closed bodies as standard equipement.Durant ousted as president.
1911-First success full electric
self-starter installed in a Cadillac.Durant incorporates Chevrolet Motor
1914-Cadillac first in U.S.
to produce a V8 wather-cooled engine.
1917-Chevrolet V8 introduced
1918-Chevrolet joins General
Motors.First Chevrolet truck.
1919-General Motors Accetance
Corporation organized GM institute opened a part time training school.
1920-Billy Durant leaves Chevrolet.
1923-Four-wheel brakes appeared
on 1924 Buick's Ethyl gazoline developed in GM reaserch laboratories, first
1924-General Motors Proving
Ground established in Milford, Michigan. First GM vehicle assembled abroad
1925-Vauxhall Motors Ltd.acquired
by General Motors,Chevrolet's "Stovebolt Six"introduced.
1927-Chevrolet captures top
sales in all but four of the next 55 years.Art & Colour Studio Section
1929-Adam Opel A.G.Germany
acquired by General Motors.
1930-V16 engine introduced.
1931-V12 engine introduced.
1932-Pontiac Motor Division
developped by fisher body introduced on all GM cars.Individual front wheel
call Knee Action.
1937-V12 engine production
1939-Hydra Matic, first completely
automatic shift transmission introduced by Detroit Transmission Division
on 1940 Oldsmobiles.First turn signal in the automotive developed by Buick.V16
engine production stopped.
1940-25,000,000 th vehicle
made by General Motors.
1947-Train of tomorrow featuring
the famous Astra Domes started 2 1/2-year tour of the U.S. and Canada.
1948-Cadillac and Oldsmobile
introdused first high-compression V8 engines.GM's Holden introduced in
1952-Power steering offered
by Cadillac,Oldsmobile and Buick.
1953-Corvette introduced featuring
first molded plastic body to be produced in quantity.
1954-50,000,000 th US made
GM vehicle.GM introduced first gas turbine automobile built and tested
1955-GM powerama attracted
2,218,412 visitors in its showing on the Chicago lake front.Chevrolet introduces
small block V8.
1956-GM technical center dedicated.
1964-GM futurama at New York
world's fair attracts 15,681,000.1965 front wheel drive Toronado introduced.
1966-GM announced new energy
absorbing steering column as standard on all models. Camaro introduced
front wheel drive Eldorado introduced.