It Was Your Father’s Oldsmobile

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Although I have never owned an Oldsmobile, I’ve always been a fan especially of 442 models of any vintage. But older models are pretty amazing too. Alas, General Motors did not know what to do with the brand and it was discontinued it in 2004. At the time of its closure, Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automobile marque and one of the oldest in the world, after Peugeot, MAN and Tatra

Oldsmobile was a brand of American automobiles that was produced for most of its existence by General Motors. Olds Motor Vehicle Co. was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897 and the company produced more than 35 million vehicles, including at least 14 million that were built at its Lansing, Michigan factory.

In 1902, the company produced 635 cars, making it the first high-volume gasoline-powered automobile manufacturer. Electric car manufacturers such as Columbia Electric and steam powered car manufacturers, such as Locomobile, had higher volumes. For a few years around 1903-4, Oldsmobile was the top selling car company in the United States. Ransom Olds left the company in 1904 because of a dispute and formed the REO Motor Car Company.

How I made this shot: The above classic Oldsmobile was photographed at a combination museum, car sales and salvage yard that was located near Eaton, Colorado. It was shot with a Canon EOS 50D and Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO lens (at 18mm) with an exposure of 1/400 sec at f/14 and ISO 200.