Along with Daimler and Peugeot, Oldsmobile was among the world's oldest auto brands.
The last Alero was transfered to the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, where it went on display. It was later auctioned. The last 500 Aleros manufactured featured "Final 500? emblems and were painted dark metallic cherry red.
Oldsmobile's founder, Ransom E. Olds, was an Ohio-born engine maker. His father, Pliny Fisk Olds, operated a small machine repair shop, where Ransom developed a fascination for mechanical things.
From the start, Ransom Olds also displayed an inventive nature. He once repaired a discarded sewing machine and gave it to his mother so she could sew the family's clothing more easily.
The family eventually moved from Geneva, Ohio, to Lansing, where Ransom Olds founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Co. in 1897. In 1901, the company, known as Olds Motor Works, introduced the Curved Dash Oldsmobile, a gasoline-powered open-carriage vehicle named for its curved front footboard. It was the first vehicle to be built using a stationary assembly line. Production of the Curved Dash started in Detroit in 1902. More than 400 of the vehicles were sold during the first year, at a price of $650 each -- or about $17,000 today.