Ransom Eli Olds in 1901 was the first person to mass-produce cars to be sold in the USA. He introduced the assembly line concept, and a factory was set up in Detroit to manufacture several prototypes. However the factory was burnt down before production could commence, and only one prototype - the single cylinder buggy with a curved dash remained. This little car - The Oldsmobile Gas Buggy - was highly successful and sold in large numbers.
In 1904, Ransom Olds left the company and started another which manufactured "Reo" cars (derived from his initials). The Reo, although similar to the Oldsmobile, did not receive the same popularity. The Oldsmobile Company prospered and was joined by Buick in 1908, which subsequently led to the formation of the General Motors Group.
The "truck" used in The Beverly Hillbillies was a 1923 Oldsmobile.
Jackie Brenston's song "Rocket 88," recorded in 1951, is viewed by many music historians as the first rock 'n' roll recording.
Ted Kennedy and the infamous Chappaquiddick drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne on July 19, 1969 in a Blue 1967 Delta 88
Four years later Ted's hypocrisy shines through when he is quoted as saying:
"Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law?
Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?"
- Senator Ted Kennedy, 1973 -
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