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October 26, 1909 – General Motors buys Cartercar
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October 26, 1909 – General Motors buys Cartercar

On this day in 1909, General Motors buys Cartercar. This automaker was founded by Byron Carter and began production in Jackson, Michigan in 1905. The next year the company moved to Detroit before settling in Pontiac, Michigan in 1907, where production would remain through the life of the brand. 1906 Cartercar advertisement General Motors buys Cartercar as sales slump At the time of its acquisition by GM, Cartercar was slowly but surely increasing its sales numbers annually. In 1906 the company sold 101 vehicles, jumping to 325 in 1907. William Durant, founder of GM, said people advised him not to purchase Cartercar, but he had his reasons. On purchasing Cartercar, "They say I shouldn't have bought Cartercar. Well, how was anyone to know that Carter wasn't to be the thing? It had ...

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