THE INTERNATIONAL GENERAL MOTORS HISTORICAL SITE

Revised August 2006

David Hayward and Ken Kaufmann Automotive Historians and Authors

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THE AUTHORS ARE HONOURED BY THE CANADIAN VINTAGE & CLASSIC AUTOMOBILES AWARDS 2001, 2002 and 2003

CITATION FOR 2003 AWARD

Congratulations!  Canadian Vintage & Classic Automobiles has reviewed your site and chosen to award the '2003 CVCA Award' to you.  The work you have put into your site continues to be fantastic, and we think it should be recognized. There are far too few Canadian automotive sites on the web, and sites like yours help to promote and preserve our distinctively Canadian automotive history.
 

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE VAUXHALL CENTENARY 1903 TO 2003

THE VAUXHALL MOTORS LIMITED PLANT AT LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND CLOSED ON THURSDAY MARCH 21 2002, WITH THE ENDING OF PRODUCTION OF THE VAUXHALL VECTRA.  SOME NEW VAUXHALL AND OPEL VECTRA PRODUCTION CONTINUES AT ELLESMERE PORT, NEAR LIVERPOOL, OPENED 1963 FOR THE VAUXHALL VIVA HA SERIES. THE FIRST ALL-NEW VECTRA [AN OPEL?] CAME OFF THE LINE APRIL 23 AT ELLESMERE PORT PLANT.

CLICK HERE FOR SOME INFORMATION ON VAUXHALL MOTORS LIMITED'S PRE-SECOND WORLD WAR HISTORY

and

R.I.P. Oldsmobile 2004. Olds Motor Works first exported their automobiles in 1902!


The General Motors Empire includes or has included the following marques including associates:

Acadian AWD Bedford Bedford-Buick Beaumont Bedford Truck Buick Cadillac Cartercar Chevrolet Chevrolet Truck Daewoo Elmore Envoy Epic Ewing FIAT Flxible Geo General Motors Cab General Motors Truck GM [EV-1] G.M.C. Grabowsky Hertz Rent-a-Car Hindustan Holden Hummer Isuzu La Salle Little Lotus Maple Leaf McLaughlin McLaughlin-Buick Marquette [first] Marquette [1929-30] Maruti Monroe Nissan [vans] Northway Oakland Oldsmobile Opel Pontiac Rainier Randolph Rapid Truck Reliance Truck Renault [vans] Saab Samson Samson Tractors Samson Trucks Saturn Scripps-Booth Sheridan Suzuki Vauxhall Viking Volvo Truck [Canada] Welch Whiting Yellow Bus & Coach Yellow Cab Yellow Truck

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ORIGINS:

William C. Durant had doubts about relying on a single manufacturer with a single line, and decided that a consortium of automobile makers would be able to support one another, and if parts suppliers were acquired, then the consortium would be self-supporting: this seems to have worked well for Henry Ford's company which manufactured its own steel thus enabling them to carry on assembly when other rival companies had to lay-off workers because of shortages, strikes, etc. Thus, Durant went on a buying spree. Durant attended a meeting of The Big Four, with Benjamin Briscoe of Maxwell-Briscoe who called the meeting, Henry Ford, and Ransom Olds, now the head of REO Motor Car Company. The idea collapsed, but Durant proceeded nevertheless and formed the General Motors Company in New Jersey on 16 September 1908 with an exchange of Buick and General Motors stock, after Durant had obtained an option to buy 75% of Olds Motor Works stock [which he then exercised] and six weeks after General Motors was formed, Durant exchanged his Olds stock for General Motors stock. In 1910, the entire Buick organisation, which included the Jackson, Church and Wilcox Company in Saginaw, Michigan, became part of the General Motors Company of Michigan and the Jackson, Church and Wilcox Company became known as the Jacox Company instead. General Motors Company was incorporated on September 16 1908 in Hudson County, New Jersey, U.S.A. The Chevrolet Motor Company incorporation papers were signed on November 2 1911, with the place of business listed as Detroit, and papers were filed and recorded with the Secretary of State of Michigan the next day in Lansing, Michigan so November 3, 1911 became the incorporation date. GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION was incorporated in Delaware on October 13, 1916, with an increased capital of $100 million. Chevrolet joined General Motors Corporation in May 1918: Chevrolet Motor Company sold its assets to General Motors Corporation for about $32 million worth of G.M. stock and also sold its Scripps-Booth stock to G.M. for the balance in G.M. stock.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED EARLY CHEVROLET HISTORY BY KEN KAUFMANN

GENERAL MOTORS EXPORT COMPANY was founded on June 19 1911 in the State of Michigan with a capital of $10,000 under the bankers in control of General Motors Company at the time, with the President Thomas Neal, January 26 1911 to November 19 1912 becoming President of the Export Company as well, until he resigned as General Motors Company President.

GENERAL MOTORS OF CANADA Limited was incorporated in the Province of Ontario on November 8 1918.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED HISTORY OF GENERAL MOTORS AND ANTECEDENTS IN CANADA:  1899 to 1919

WEBSITE CONTENTS:

EARLY CHEVROLET HISTORY

THE HISTORY OF GENERAL MOTORS AND ANTECEDENTS IN CANADA TO 1919

HISTORICAL AND INFORMATION FILES INDEX PAGE

PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY

LIST OF GENERAL MOTORS ACQUIRED COMPANIES

Questions? Ask the Oracle!

gmhistorian@btinternet.com

Below:

1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 4-door sedan bodied by General Motors-Holden's, Australia

Owner: Ken Herne, Canberra, ACT, Australia

 

 

This site evolves, so please do check back regularly for the latest information. In order to update all files as new information comes in, there are links to the various files that are posted on this site.

Please feel free to download the information by opening and saving the file to your own P.C. or Mac. However, more information is always sought on any G.M. historical subject and this site will be expanded accordingly.

Please feel free to send any comments or information on the world-wide history of the General Motors Empire, including General Motors of Canada from 1898 to 1998, and beyond to:

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For 1925 and earlier vehicles, especially Chevrolets, worldwide:

Ken Kaufmann, Monrovia, California

For all other queries:

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David Hayward, Southampton, England

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

Please also visit Ken’s own website for much more information on Chevrolet four-cylinder cars, light delivery chassis and trucks, 1912 to 1928, and Scripps-Booth:

1912-28 VINTAGE CHEVROLETS

THE #1 CHEVROLET SITE FOR ADVICE, CHAT, FORUMS

CHEVY TALK

KEITH HARDY'S WEBSITE:

http://chevy.tocmp.com/

Questions? Ask the Oracle!

gmhistorian@btinternet.com


AN EXTENSIVE LIBRARY OF CHEVROLET V-8 SMALL-BLOCK AND BIG-BLOCK CASTING NUMBERS 1958 TO PRESENT,

PLEASE VISIT:

MORTEC


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