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General Motors

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November 1909.
1913. 15-18 h.p. cars made by GM.
February 1914. bedford and Buick cars.
February 1917.
January 1920.
November 1920.
January 1920.
May 1921.
1927.
1964. GM-X.
1964. "Runabout".
1964. "Firebird IV"
1969.

General Motors Ltd., car makers, of Long Acre, London, WC.

1908 General Motors was founded in Flint, Michigan, as a holding company for Buick (then controlled by William C. Durant). Durant acquired Oldsmobile later that year.

1909 Durant acquired Cadillac, Cartercar, Elmore, Ewing, and Oakland (later known as Pontiac).

1909 The company was established in Britain as Bedford Motors. Later re-registered as present style.

1914 Motor car and parts manufacturers. Specialities: Buick and Bedford cars and Buick trucks. [1]

1914 July. The General Manager for Europe is H. Saunderson.[2]

1916 United Motors Corporation consolidated many of the automotive accessory manufacturers to reduce duplication of products and services including AC Spark Plug Co and Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co., or Delco. The company was named United Motor Services Inc. (UMS) to sell and service parts.

1918 UMC became part of General Motors which included Delco, Klaxon Co and Remy Electric Co.

1925 General Motors took over Vauxhall and began assembling Chevrolet trucks, first at Hendon and then at Luton

1931 Introduction of the first Bedford truck, based on a Chevrolet model

1933 Private company.

1951 Exhibitor at the 1951 Motor Show in the Car Section.

1961 Manufacturers, distribution and service of AC spark plugs, oil filters, fuel pumps, air cleaners, instruments and accessories, Delco ignition coils, distributors and fractional horse power motors. [3]

1963 Exhibitor at 1963 Motor Show. Importing Oldsmobile. [4]

1974 Bought back an engine machining line it had sold in 1971 to American Motors in a bid to boost sales of its smaller cars.[5]

1981 General Motors announced a new range of 1.6 litre engines which formed the backbone of the new generation of European car engines. [6]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Autocar 1914/07/18
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  4. 1963 Motor Show
  5. The Engineer 1974/04/18
  6. The Engineer 1981/05/21