Ransom E. Olds

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Date of Birth June 3, 1864
Place of Birth Geneva, Ohio
Date of Death Aug 26, 1950 (86)
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Ransom E. Olds

Ransom Eli Olds was a pioneer of the American automotive industry, after whom the Oldsmobile and REO brands were named. He claimed to have built his first steam car as early as 1887 and his first gasoline-powered car in 1896. The modern assembly line and its basic concept is credited to Olds, who used it to build the first mass-produced automobile, the Oldsmobile Curved Dash, beginning in 1901.

Born: Ransom Eli Olds, June 3, 1864, Geneva, Ohio
Died: August 26, 1950, Lansing, Michigan, United States
Occupation: Business, Automobiles
Spouse(s): Metta Ursula Woodward
Parent(s): Pliny Fiske Olds and Sarah Whipple Olds

About Ransom E. Olds

Automobile pioneer who ran the first modern assembly line and made the first mass-produced car.

Before Fame

He founded his Olds Motor Vehicle Company in 1897 and was forced out of it not long after.


His Curved Dash model car sold for $650.00, equal to about $18,000 in the early 21st century.

Family Life

He married Metta Woodward on June 5, 1889. They had two daughters together.


His Oldsmobile Curved Dash came out first, even though many think Henry Ford's Model T was the first car made on the assembly line.

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