General Motors celebrated its 108th birthday yesterday, September 16.
GM, founded by William C. Durant, began with just one brand: Buick. But Durant quickly expanded the portfolio. In 1909, he had acquired Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Elmore and Oakland. On the truck side of things, Durant also picked up Reliance Motor Truck Company and Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, which would soon become GMC.
It’s been a wild ride over 108 years, especially in recent history as GM fell victim to poor quality and mismanagement. But, one of the largest automobile manufacturers remains despite the odds. Here’s to another 108 years, GM.