Home Page About Us Contribute

K&N Automotive Air Intakes

LuckyBug LifeStyle



Tweets by @CrittendenAuto










GMC

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

GMC
Vehicle Marque

Topic Navigation
Official Site: GMC.com
Wikipedia: GMC (automobile)

Page Sections
History
Photographs
Documents
Article Index
Merchandise
A manufacturer of mostly trucks and SUVs, a brand of General Motors started in 1912.

GMC did produce one notable car, the Caballero, which was GMC's version of the Chevrolet El Camino.

Vehicle names used by GMC currently and throughout history include:  4000, Acadia, C1500, C2500, C3500, C4500, C5500, Caballero, Canyon, DSA4000, DSV4000, E5500, E6500, EG4500, EM4500, Envoy, Jimmy, K1500, K1500, K2500, K2590, K3500, KM1500, PD4107, Safari, S5500, S6500, Savana, Sequoia, Sierra, Sonoma, Sprint, Terra4, Terrain, Terracross, Typhoon, Vandura, and Yukon.

Dealerships include:
Crystal Lake Pontiac GMC (Crystal Lake, Illinois)
Young Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC (Owosso, Michigan)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's GMC (automobile) page on 20 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

GMC (General Motors Truck Company), formally the GMC Division of General Motors LLC, is an American automobile manufacturer and division of the American manufacturer General Motors (GM) that primarily focuses on trucks and utility vehicles. GMC sells pickup and commercial trucks, buses, vans, military vehicles, and sport utility vehicles marketed worldwide by General Motors.

General Motors was founded by William C. Durant on September 16, 1908, as a holding company for Buick. In 1909, GM purchased the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, forming the basis of the General Motors Truck Company, from which the "GMC Truck" brand name was derived. (Rapid was established on December 22, 1901, by Max Grabowsky. The company developed some of the earliest commercial trucks ever designed, and utilized one-cylinder engines.) The Reliance Motor Car Company (another independent manufacturer) was also purchased that same year by GM. Rapid and Reliance were merged in 1911, and in 1912 the marque "GMC Truck" first appeared on vehicles exhibited at the New York International Auto Show. Some 22,000 trucks were produced that year, though GMC's contribution to that total was a mere 372 units. GMC had some currency within GM referring to the corporate parent in general. Later "GMC" would become distinct as a division brand within the corporation, branding trucks and coaches; in contrast, the abbreviation for the overall corporation eventually ended up as "GM".

GMC maintained three manufacturing locations in Pontiac, Michigan, Oakland, California, and Saint Louis, Missouri.

In 1916, a GMC Truck crossed the country from Seattle to New York City in thirty days, and in 1926, a 2-ton GMC truck was driven from New York to San Francisco in five days and 30 minutes. During the Second World War, GMC Truck produced 600,000 trucks for use by the United States Armed Forces.

In 1925, GM purchased a controlling interest in Yellow Coach, a bus manufacturer based in Chicago, Illinois which was founded by John D. Hertz. After purchasing the remaining portion in 1943, GM renamed it GM Truck and Coach Division. The Division manufactured interurban coaches until 1980. Transit bus production ended in May 1987. The Canadian plant (in London, Ontario) produced buses from 1962 until July 1987. GM withdrew from the bus and coach market because of increased competition in the late 1970s and 1980s. Rights to the RTS model were sold to Transportation Manufacturing Corporation, while Motor Coach Industries of Canada purchased the Classic design. In 1998, GMC's official branding on vehicles was shortened from "GMC Truck" to simply "GMC".

In 2002, GMC released a book entitled, GMC: The First 100 Years, a complete history of the company.

GMC currently manufactures SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, light-duty trucks, and medium duty trucks. In the past, GMC also produced fire trucks, ambulances, heavy-duty trucks, military vehicles, motorhomes, and transit buses.


Photographs

Photographs of unidentified GMCs.

Famous GM Cars Famous GM Cars
View Famous GM Cars: GMC Trucks - 19.5MB
Famous GM Cars 1912 Fire Truck
Famous GM Cars

GMC Fire Truck, 1912. Pride of the fire company in Ipswich, Massachusetts―and many another city and town―was this fire truck built on a 1¼ ton GMC Model V chassis, with a wheelbase of 148 inches and a 4-cylinder GMC engine. Early advertising pointed out that motorized trucks could make twice the speed of horses, knew no fatigue, and cost much less to maintain.
View Famous GM Cars: 1912 GMC Fire Truck - 10.2MB
GMC Five-Ton Truck (101-A) GMC Five-Ton Truck (101-A)
Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition
View GMC Five-Ton Truck (101-A) page of Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition - 527KB
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics: Issue 1 Horning GMC Engine
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics: Issue 1, February 1952
View Hot Rod and Speedway Comics: Issue 1 - 882KB
Classic GMC Big Charlie's Bait and Tackle
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of Big Charlie's Classic GMC - 2.9MB
Classic GMC Big Charlie's Bait and Tackle
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of Big Charlie's Classic GMC - 1.8MB
Classic GMC Big Charlie's Bait and Tackle
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of Big Charlie's Classic GMC - 3.1MB
Classic GMC Big Charlie's Bait and Tackle
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of Big Charlie's Classic GMC - 1.8MB
Classic GMC Big Charlie's Bait and Tackle
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of Big Charlie's Classic GMC - 2.4MB
GMC Tow Truck Revell Model Revell kit
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Attack of the Plastic Model Car Contest
View photo of GMC Tow Truck Revell Model - 3,702KB
GMC Truck Photo ©2014 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night:  July 21, 2014
View photo of GMC Truck - 3.1MB
GMC Truck Photo ©2014 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night:  July 21, 2014
View photo of GMC Truck - 3.2MB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
15 November 1966NHTSA Recall 66V023001 1967 GMC
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
15 November 1966NHTSA Recall 66V023002 1967 GMC
POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
26 January 1967NHTSA Recall 67V007002 1967 GMC School Bus
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
classified date 1995On-scene Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
1985 GMC school bus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 59.4MB - 180 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 January 2006The Rapid Vehicle Motor CompanyFrank Vanderlugt
6 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Clayton Machine Works Gauge Panels for 1967-72 Chevy/GMC PickupSummit Racing Equipment


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Nylint 911-ZGMC '18-Wheeler'Large scale, white w/Werner Ladders logos
Die Cast - Matchbox V1168-0910'57 GMC PickupConstruction #38, 1:66 scale, white w/"Sam's Deliveries - Bentonville, Arkansas" (Walmart)




Connect with The Crittenden Automotive Library

The Crittenden Automotive Library at Google+ The Crittenden Automotive Library on Facebook The Crittenden Automotive Library on Instagram The Crittenden Automotive Library at The Internet Archive The Crittenden Automotive Library on Pinterest The Crittenden Automotive Library on Twitter The Crittenden Automotive Library on Tumblr  
 
 


The Crittenden Automotive Library

Home Page    About Us    Contribute




By accessing the The Crittenden Automotive Library/CarsAndRacingStuff.com, you signify your agreement with the terms and conditions on our Legal Information:  Disclaimers & Privacy Policy page.

To notify The Crittenden Automotive Library of errors, suggest topics, contribute information, make a comment on a page or to ask a question e-mail us.