Just like the name says, this brand is one of the oldest in America, being founded in 1897 by Ransom E. Olds. Sadly, today the car company is no more as it was shut down in 2004 by GM, the owner of the brand for most of its 107 years of history. It actually started out as Olds Motor Company in Detroit where in 1901 the first assembly line was set up, consisting of 75 workers who struggled to make “horseless carriages” as they were called at the time. The first model was called the Curved Dash and after a little media exposure, sales started picking up. A new plant was built in Lansing, Michigan and production shot up from 425 models in 1901 to 4000 in 1903. The name Oldsmobile never came officially, as the manufacturer referred to them as “Olds automobiles” but people called them Oldsmobiles.