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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

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Last Oldsmobile Built to be Sold at New York Dealer Auction

Posted December 19, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction classic auto oldsmobile

Sometime after 9:30 a.m. Eastern this morning, a Dark Cherry Metallic 2004 Oldsmobile Alero GLS sedan will cross the auction block at the dealer-only State Line Auto Auction in Waverly, New York. A 13-year-old GM N-body changing hands at a dealer auction is hardly remarkable, but in this case, the car is: As Automotive News reports, the Final 500 Collector’s Edition Alero is number 500, making it the very last car ever produced by Oldsmobile.

Founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897 as the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, the Lansing, Michigan, automaker built its first production automobile, the Oldsmobile Curved Dash, in 1901. Before Ford, Oldsmobile employed an assembly line to speed up production and lower costs, but by 1904 Ransom felt that investors were taking the company in a direction opposite of what he’d intended, focusing more on luxury than on affordability. After selling much of his company stock, Ransom went on to found REO in 1905, and in 1908 Oldsmobile became the second brand—after Buick—under the GM umbrella.

The defunct automaker lives on in memories and auctions of its classic models.

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