Wednesday 28th August 1907
The Oakland Motor Car Company was organised in Pontiac, Michigan, US by Edward M. Murphy, Frank E. Kirby, Alanson P. Brush, R. F. Monroe, M. J. Hallinan, C. J. Cram, and James Dempsey. In 1909, Oakland became a division of General Motors, and in 1926, Oakland created the first of GM’s Companion Makes when the Pontiac Division was created. By 1929, GM sold 163,000 more Pontiacs than Oaklands. The discontinuation of Oakland was announced in 1931 and Pontiac would be the only companion marque to survive beyond 1940, or to survive its “parent” make.