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Oldsmobile is one of the oldest automaker brands in America and was retired by General Motors in 2004. For most of its history Oldsmobile was owned by GM which in 1908 purchased the Oldsmobile Motor Works, founded in 1897 by Ransom E. Olds. Classic Oldsmobile cars include the powerful Rocket 88, the Cutlass, and the Toronado. 

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Oldsmobile Percentage 1 Owner


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Since GM retired the Oldsmobile brand in 2004, as expected, it's tough to find a 1-owner Oldsmobile. Still, the highest percentage of 1-owner Oldsmobiles lies with the Olds Silhouette at 16 percent.   If you are looking for an 88, you will find 12 percent of them for sale as 1-owner cars. 

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Oldsmobiles were first produced in a plant in Lansing, Michigan, in one of the earliest automotive assembly lines. Olds along with Buick were the first brands of the newly established General Motors in 1908. More than 35 million Olds cars were produced in over a century of production. Oldsmobile pioneered features such as chrome plating in 1926 and the first automatic transmission in 1940. Aimed squarely at middle income consumers, at one time the Oldsmobile Cutlass was the best selling car in the United States. Olds thrived in the 1970s and 1980s by producing cars that were seen as reliable and a good value compared to the competition. 

By the 1990s, sales declined along with GM's market share. The brand began to struggle for its identity. "Not you father's Olds" was even tried as a tagline to try and persuade a younger demographic to consider its offerings. Some analysts believe such marketing only deepened perceptions that Oldsmobile was a stodgy brand. Oldsmobile experimented with cars with sleeker styling, and GM began rebadging some of its cars for the Olds nameplate. In the years before the brand was shut down, Oldsmobile gained some new fans with models such as the Achieva, Bravada SUV, and restyled 88. GM wound up retiring Oldsmobile along with the Saturn and Pontiac brands. GM sold off Saab and Hummer.