Founded by Ransom E Olds in 1897 as the Olds Motor Vehicle Company of Lansing, Michigan, the company began the serious manufacture of cars in 1901, that year manufacturing 425 - not many by today’s standards but at the time it was enough to make Olds the first high-volume car manufacturer of the day. In its 107 years, the company produced 35.2 million cars, including at least 14 million built at its Lansing factory. When it was phased out, Oldsmobile
was the oldest surviving American automobile
marque, and one of the oldest in the world, after Daimler and Peugeot.