Blue/Gray Chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America

Oldsmobiling with Fun and Friendship

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No other domestic automobile builder can duplicate the long and glorious trail blazed by Oldsmobile. It spans the curious hand-built wooden carriage which chugged to life in 1897 to the last 2004 Alero that left the Lansing, Michigan plant on April 29, 2004. In keeping with this long heritage no other club can offer the broad coverage of the Oldsmobile Club of America, Inc. We cover each of the Olds models built and anyone interested in this fine automotive nameplate can join.  You don’t even have to own an Oldsmobile!

Established in 1971, the Oldsmobile Club of America (OCA) covers all phases of the collector car hobby. If it’s antique, special interest or performance Oldsmobile related — you’ll find it under the OCA banner.

Although the club does not directly sell Oldsmobile parts, many of our members do. Each month our club magazine is filled with hundreds of specialized cars and part ads both for the buyer and seller. With a membership, you’re automatically enrolled in this program with the opportunity to place a free monthly ad.

History of Oldsmobile

OLDSMOBILE  1896 – 2004

1864: Ransom E. Olds is born in Geneva, Ohio. His family moves to Lansing when he is 16.

1887: R.E. Olds develops a steam-powered car.

1893: Olds’ steam-powered car becomes the first American car sold abroad – but the ship sinks on the way to India and the car is lost.

1896: Olds builds a gas-powered car and starts motoring around Lansing.

1897: Olds and Lansing business people start the Olds Motor Vehicle Co. and build four cars. The Lansing-based manufacturer is the first company organized specifically to produce cars in quantity.

1899: Olds’ second company, Olds Motor Works, moves to Detroit.

1900: The Oldsmobile name is first used.

1901: Detroit plants are destroyed by fire and Olds returns to Lansing.

1905: The Curved Dash Oldsmobile is immortalized by the song “In My Merry Oldsmobile.”

1908: Oldsmobile joins the newly organized General Motors Co. as one of its first two operating divisions. The other is Buick.

1916: Oldsmobile uses the first V-8 engine.

1927-29: Olds employment skyrockets to 7,000 with 12 new buildings.

1935: One millionth Olds is built.

1942-45: Car production stops and Olds workers make 48 million rounds of ammunition, 140,000 aircraft machine guns and tank cannons.

1949: The Rocket V-8 engine is introduced.

1950: R.E. Olds dies.

1958: Olds becomes the nation’s 4th largest automaker.

1965: Employment tops 15,000 in Lansing.

1968: Hurst/Oldsmobiles roll off the assembly line and are shipped over to Demmer Tool and Die for conversion.

1978: With the dedication of a new Cutlass plant, Oldsmobile’s Lansing operations become North America’s largest passenger car assembly complex.

1979: Engine plant opens in Delta Township. GM employment tops 23,000.

1984: With the reorganization of GM, Oldsmobile becomes a sales and marketing division in the Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group. Oldsmobile sells more cars this year than any other year.

1992: Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac disappears as a GM name. Lansing’s factories become part of the Lansing Automotive Division, which made its home offices in the city.

1996: GM announces Olds will move to Detroit.

1997: Olds celebrates 100th anniversary.

1998: Olds moves from Lansing to Detroit. In mid-1998, Olds starts to build the Alero in Lansing.

1999: A GM vice president says the automaker could build two new assembly factories in the Lansing area.

2000: GM announces it will phase out its Oldsmobile division.

2001: Oldsmobile dealers begin receiving settlement payments from GM to avert lawsuits related to the Oldsmobile phase out.

2004: An amendment to a pending federal tax bill may give Oldsmobile dealers two years to spend their GM settlement checks before tax on the money is due.

April 29, 2004: The last Oldsmobile to be built, an Alero, rolls off the line at Lansing Car Assembly.