When it inspires a song, you know it's popular. This Olds was the bestselling car in America from 1902 to 1905. Automobiles had an emotional appeal. A driver in 1901 said that controlling a car satisfied "an almost universal sense, the love of power." Despite the attraction, cars were not a significant player in the transportation world. In 1903, 4000 people bought Oldsmobiles, but more than 900,000 bought buggies and carriages.
It's a safe bet that the first toy automobile appeared not long after the first real one. The Curved Dash Oldsmobile, arguably the world's first mass produced car, made for a particularly appealing toy. Oldsmobile built more than 19,000 Curved Dash models between 1901 and 1907. Toymakers made sure that children could have their own merry Oldsmobiles, too.