We had a brief discussion about GMC trucks at the local watering hole
today. A certain individual was convinced that GMC stood for General
Motors Canada and that all GMC vehicles were made there. I believe that
it means General Motors Coach and that it is just a higher cost/quality
version of Cheverolet trucks.
Anyone have any feedback?
WEB searching has revealed that older VIN numbers indicate only Pontiac MI
and some other location in US are the only locations. Can't find a direct
answer about newer vehicles.
As far as I know, it means General Motors Truck Company.
It "might" be considered a higher trim level for the trucks,
but a GMC truck is identical to a Chevrolet truck in terms
of basic mechanical items. There is "no" discernable difference
between a GMC truck and a Chevrolet truck.
You are correct and up untell early 70's or so they used to come off
of seperate assembly lines too. In 60's and earlier you could get
different engines in a GMC (the 305 V6 for one) and they usueally came
with spicer drive axle too particularly the 1/2 tons when GM was
putting 10 and 12 bolts in them. They combined lines in 70's and now
Chevies and GMC come of the same line. Strange thing is that for years
Ford bragged about being number one selling truck but if ou combined
GMC and Chevy trucks (which came off same line) the outcome would have
been different. GM should have combined the name plates on those years
Max Grabowski Motor Company - OK I can buy that but I didn't see anything
that indicates where current vehicles are manufactured or if the
current GMC logo means anything different. I am just digging for anything
that might have changed since then?
That is pretty a pretty cool site though... And I think Grabowski will be
the one that can settle the argument. Just not sure where he comes from
either - Poland?
On Tue, 10 Oct 2006 03:16:57 +0000, aarcuda69062 wrote:
::: We had a brief discussion about GMC trucks at the local watering
::: hole today. A certain individual was convinced that GMC stood for
::: General Motors Canada and that all GMC vehicles were made there. I
::: believe that it means General Motors Coach and that it is just a
::: higher cost/quality version of Cheverolet trucks.
::: Anyone have any feedback?
::: WEB searching has revealed that older VIN numbers indicate only
::: Pontiac MI and some other location in US are the only locations.
::: Can't find a direct answer about newer vehicles.
:: None of the above...
:: Grabowski Motor Company
:: (I ain't makin this up)
I always thought it was Grabowski Motor Company, too. But, I've been wrong
before. . . Anyway, here's my google's worth.
According to GM itself at
"General Motors Truck Company (later known as GMC) is organized on
July 22, 1911, to handle sales of GM's Rapid and Reliance products."
In 1909, " General Motors acquires the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company of
Pontiac, Michigan, the predecessor of GMC Truck, and Reliance Motor
Truck Co. of Owosso, Michigan. A Rapid becomes the first truck to
conquer Pikes Peak in 1909."
OK, I buy that. I think I really win the bet that GMC is not Canada nor
is it Coaches. It seems that Trucks are the only thing produced by GMC.
It also seems that the trucks are manufactured and engineered in both the
US and maybe Canada but not exclusively in Canada.
I did see the "body by Fisher" stamp and that is one of the things I
remember about the old Chevys when I was a kid. Interesting to see how far
back that really went!
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