Pontiac - 1907
August 1907 - Edward M. Murphy, founder of Pontiac Buggy Company (established in 1893), group of businessmen, formed Oakland Motor Car Company on Oakland Avenue in Pontiac MI (above); April 1909 - became division of General Motors; 1926 - first Pontiac, Series 6-27, debuted at New York Auto Show (almost 50,000 sold in first year); 1932 - Oakland ceased operations; 1933 - renamed Pontiac Motor Car Company; only company to introduce offspring car so popular it lead to its own demise.
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