McLaughlin Carriage becomes General Motors of Canada

May 6, 2017

McLaughlin Carriage ad

National Film Board of Canada, Library and Archives Canada, PA-176735


With the steady decline of carriage purchases and rapidly increasing sales of automobiles, the McLaughlin family agreed to sell the McLaughlin Carriage and Motor companies to American-owned General Motors on November 1, 1918, thereby establishing General Motors of Canada. However, Sam and George McLaughlin stayed on to run the business as president and vice-president, respectively, and ensured that the cars continued to be manufactured in Oshawa.

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