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A former General Motors brand of cars and SUVs from 1897-2004.  Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, United States.

When Oldsmobile was discontinued, it produced 500 of each of its current models at the time (Alero, Aurora, Bravada, Intrigue, and Silhouette) and designated them Final 500.

Vehicle names used by Oldsmobile throughout history include:  442, 66, 88, 98, Achieva, Aerotech, Alero, Aurora, Autocrat, B-44, Bravada, Calais, Ciera, Curved Dash, Custom Cruiser, Cutlass, Cutlass Calais, Cutlass Ciera, Cutlass Cruiser, Cutlass Salon, Cutlass Supreme, Delta 88, Delta Custom, Dynamic 88, Eighty Eight, F-85, FE 3-X, Firenza, Golden Rocket 88, Hurst/Olds, Intrigue, L36, Model S, Ninety Eight, Omega, Silhouette, Starfire, Super 88, Toronado, and Vista Cruiser.

Car clubs dedicated to Oldsmobiles include:  Archway Oldsmobile Club

Dealerships include:  Bravos Olds (Barrington, Illinois), Ray Oldsmobile (Park Ridge, Illinois) and Wally McCarthy's Twin Cities Oldsmobile (Minnesota)


History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Oldsmobile page on 12 December 2015, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Oldsmobile was a brand of American automobiles produced for most of its existence by General Motors. Olds Motor Vehicle Co. was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. In its 107-year history, it produced 35.2 million cars, including at least 14 million built at its Lansing, Michigan factory. When it was phased out in 2004, Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automobile marque, and one of the oldest in the world, after Daimler, Peugeot and Tatra. Though it was closed in 2004, it still remains an active trademark of the General Motors Corporation. The closing of the Oldsmobile division presaged a larger consolidation of GM brands and discontinuation of models during the company's 2009 bankruptcy reorganization.


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TypeTitle
1975 Book1975 Oldsmobile Chassis Service Manual by General Motors
1979 Book1979 Oldsmobile Chassis Service Manual by General Motors


Multimedia

Motoring's Magic Carpet: Hydra-Matic
Duration: 0:50
1941 advertisement about the automatic transmission in the 1942 B-44.
This film is available courtesy of the Prelinger Archives.
Download Motoring's Magic Carpet: Hydra-Matic from The Internet Archive
Defense Comes First with Oldsmobile
Duration: 0:49
Theatrical screen ad for one of the last pre-World War II automobiles, emphasizing Oldsmobile's adaptability under wartime conditions.
This film is available courtesy of the Prelinger Archives.
Download Defense Comes First with Oldsmobile from The Internet Archive
1948 Commercials
Duration: 3:29
Three commercials, titled Futuramic Design, Ahead Automatically, and First of the Futuramic Cars. Theater advertisements for the first all-new automobile to be placed on the market after World War II, the Oldsmobile Futuramic.
This film is available courtesy of the Prelinger Archives.
Download 1948 Commercials from The Internet Archive


Motorsports

Oldsmobile was the marque of the first two championships in NASCAR's top-level series, the series that would eventually become Sprint Cup.  Oldsmobile was the car of the champion driver four times, winning in 1949, 1950, 1958, and 1978 (Cutlass).

Championships Won in Oldsmobiles

YearSeriesDriverModel
1949NASCAR Strictly StockRed Byron
1950NASCAR Grand NationalBill Rexford
1958NASCAR Grand NationalLee Petty
1978NASCAR Winston CupCale YarboroughCutlass
1983NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman SeriesSam Ard
1984NASCAR Busch Late Model Sportsman SeriesSam Ard
1989NASCAR Busch Grand National SeriesRob Moroso
1991NASCAR Busch Grand National SeriesBobby Labonte


Photographs

The Tour of the Century - 1897 Oldsmobile Art The Tour of the Century
Artist: Ken Eberts
Car: 1897 Oldsmobile
Image courtesy CarArt.us
View "The Tour of the Century" - 1897 Oldsmobile Art - 88KB
1903 Oldsmobile Advertisement 1903
The World Almanac and Encyclopedia, 1903 Edition
View 1903 Oldsmobile Advertisement - 469KB
Famous GM Cars Oldsmobile Limited Roadster
OLDSMOBILE Limited Roadster, 1910. This high-powered speedster, a far cry from the early Curved-Dash Oldsmobile, sold for $4,600, had a four-speed transmission. The catalog said: "With the 42-inch tires, no limit can be assigned to its touring radius nor to its durability and economy of maintenance. No road or hill on which traction may be obtained by anything on wheels can stop the LIMITED roadster."
View Famous GM Cars: Oldsmobile Limited Roadster - 8.4MB
Oldsmobile Touring 45-A Oldsmobile Touring 45-A
Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition
View Oldsmobile Touring 45-A page of Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition - 469KB
Oldsmobile Touring 37 Oldsmobile Touring 37
Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition
View Oldsmobile Touring 37 page of Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition - 505KB
Oldsmobile - 1922 Dealer Window Washington Times-Herald - December 31, 1922
View Winterfront - 1922 Dealer Window - 2.2MB
Abrahamson Motor Company 1929 Oldsmobile Ad Abrahamson Motor Company 1929
24 May 1929 - The Ludington Daily News
View photo of Abrahamson Motor Company 1929 Oldsmobile Ad - 1.4MB
An Automobile for Everyone - 1936 Oldsmobile Art An Automobile for Everyone
Artist: Ken Eberts
Car: 1936 Oldsmobile
Image courtesy CarArt.us
View "An Automobile for Everyone" - 1936 Oldsmobile Art - 64KB
1950 Oldmobile Model Car Coupe
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 GTR Summer NNL
View photo of 1950 Oldmobile Model Car - 3.3MB
1950 Oldmobile Model Car Coupe
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 GTR Summer NNL
View photo of 1950 Oldmobile Model Car - 3.3MB
1950 Oldmobile Model Car Coupe
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 GTR Summer NNL
View photo of 1950 Oldmobile Model Car - 3.4MB
1950 Oldmobile Gasser Model Car Gasser
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 GTR Summer NNL
View photo of 1950 Oldmobile Gasser Model Car - 3.4MB
1950 Oldmobile Gasser Model Car Gasser
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 GTR Summer NNL
View photo of 1950 Oldmobile Gasser Model Car - 3.4MB
1950 Oldmobile Gasser Model Car Gasser
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 GTR Summer NNL
View photo of 1950 Oldmobile Gasser Model Car - 3.2MB
Maintaining the Love Affair - 1954 Oldsmobile Art Maintaining the Love Affair
Artist: Ken Eberts
Car: 1954 Oldsmobile
Image courtesy CarArt.us
View "Maintaining the Love Affair" - 1954 Oldsmobile Art - 88KB
Crashed Oldsmobile WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DRIVER?
This late model Oldsmobile was found overturned and smashed in a ditch on... {scan error} ...176 near Inman early Wednesday morning. Police said no one was found at the scene. The windshield was smashed and the steering wheel was pressed against the back of the seat. The driver apparently left the scene. Papers indicating the car's owner was from Arizona were found in the car. (Photo by B&B Studio).
4 March 1954 The Spartanburg Herald
View photo of Crashed Oldsmobile - 3.0MB
Diesel Oldsmobile Badge Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
April 23, 2009
View photo of Diesel Oldsmobile badge - 244KB
Oldsmobile Dragster Oldsmobile-engined dragster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Oldsmobile-engined dragster - 1,919KB
Oldsmobile Dragster Oldsmobile-engined dragster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Oldsmobile-engined dragster - 3,342KB
Oldsmobile Dragster Oldsmobile-engined dragster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Oldsmobile-engined dragster - 3,075KB
Oldsmobile Dragster Oldsmobile-engined dragster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Oldsmobile-engined dragster - 3,208KB
Oldsmobile Sportsman Stock Car Model Sportsman Stock Car
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
2011 Attack of the Plastic
July 10, 2011
View photo of Oldsmobile Sportsman Stock Car Model - 1,958KB
Oldsmobile Sportsman Stock Car Model Sportsman Stock Car
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
2011 Attack of the Plastic
July 10, 2011
View photo of Oldsmobile Sportsman Stock Car Model - 879KB
America Treasures its Automobiles - Oldsmobile Art America Treasures its Automobiles
Artist: Ken Eberts
Cars: 1905 Oldsmobile Curved Dash (left), Oldsmobile Aurora (right)
Cars at Hershey Car Show
Image courtesy CarArt.us
View "America Treasures its Automobiles" - Oldsmobile Art - 64KB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
24 January 1905Body for Motor-Vehicles.
United States Patent US 780,746
Norman T. Harrington for the Olds Motor Works

PDF
- 220KB - 3 pages
27 June 1905Carburetor for Hydrocarbon-Engines.
United States Patent US 793,498
Jacob LaGrange Ash for the Olds Motor Works

PDF
- 242KB - 3 pages
5 March 1907Detachable Running-Board for Motor-Vehicles.
United States Patent US 780,746
Howard E. Coffin for the Olds Motor Works

PDF
- 164KB - 2 pages
11 February 1908Speed-Controlling Mechanism for Motor-Vehicles.
United States Patent US 878,786
George W. Dunham for the Olds Motor Works

PDF
- 202KB - 2 pages
31 August 1909Design for a Hub-Cap for Automobiles.
United States Patent USD 40,249
George W. Dunham for the Olds Motor Works

PDF
- 48KB - 2 pages
22 August 1916Design for a Radiator-Frame.
United States Patent USD 49,552
Fabio B. Sergardi for the Olds Motor Works

PDF
- 58KB - 2 pages
1936Oldsmobile Flat Rate Manual 1936
Olds Motor Works

PNG
- 171MB - 126 pages
31 March 1967NHTSA Recall 67V034000
1967 Buick, 1967 Oldsmobile, 1967 Pontiac
Recall Page - 1 page
8 January 1982A Second Diesel Choice from Oldsmobile
Oldsmobile
JPG - 35.6MB - 8 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
11 April 1909Auto News From Near and Far: Oldsmobile Success.The New York Times
12 December 1909Jinricksha Wheels Coming.The New York Times
11 January 1910SEEN AT THE SHOW: The Oldsmobile Exhibit.The New York Times
2 August 1922AUTOMOBILE PRICE WAR IS PREDICTEDThe New York Times
31 December 1922AUTOMOBILE 'TICKS' FASTER THAN WATCHWashington Times-Herald
21 September 1924AUSTRALIAN "OLDS" DUPLICATES FEAT OF CANNON-BALL TRIPThe Pittsburgh Press
18 October 2012A New Vision for General MotorsBill Crittenden




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