Car Founder Names

Discussion in 'The Champagne Room' started by SRT-Tom, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. SRT-Tom

    SRT-Tom Full Access Member Article Writer

    Likes Received:
    Oct 2, 2011
    southern New Jersey
    Behind many brand names, there are flesh-and-blood inventors, entrepreneurs or industrialists. Many times they gave their name to the companies. For example:

    John and Horace and Dodge
    Walter P. Chrysler
    Louis Chevrolet
    Ransom E. Olds (Oldsmobile)
    David Dunbar Buick
    Henry Ford

    Here is some history about them:

    David Buick, who invented the overhead valve engine, founded the Buick Motor Car Co. in 1903. William C. Durant, the industrialist who would eventually found GM, took over the company in 1904, after it ran into financial trouble. Buick stayed on as a director but left in 1908, never making much money from the enterprise. He died in 1929, reportedly unable to afford one of his cars. Durant kept the name for one of his company divisions and for the car, even though he worried that people might pronounce it 'Boo-ick', according to one author.

    Swiss-born Louis Chevrolet, was brought him into a new car building venture in 1911, by Durant, hoping to trade on his fame as a fearless race driver. Chevrolet left the company in 1913, apparently unable to make the adjustment from racing to building production vehicles. But its name stuck to the new Chevrolet vehicles.

    Things turned out a little differently for Henry Ford. He was booted from an early auto company that bore his name, but his revenge was sweet. The Henry Ford Company, which traded freely on Ford's early fame as an inventor and racer, fired him in 1902 because he was spending all his time developing a race car, not a passenger car. After Ford was gone, the company was renamed Cadillac, after Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac, the French nobleman who founded Detroit in 1703. Cadillac became part of General Motors in 1909. After his firing, Ford quickly found investors to help him launch his own firm, the Ford Motor Co., in 1903. He introduced the firm's first new vehicle, the Model A, and followed it with other low-cost vehicles, including his greatest success– the Model T– in 1908 at a cost of $850 each.

    A newly-coined French word– auto-mobile– inspired many vehicle names in the early years. Inventor Ransom E. Olds filed a patent for an "auto-mobile" during the mid-1890s and the name Oldsmobile was coined.
  2. 70-426_10-SRT

    70-426_10-SRT Full Access Member

    Likes Received:
    Jun 25, 2018