GMC traces its
roots back to 1902 and the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, which produced 75
trucks during its first three years of operation. In 1909 the company was
purchased by General Motors and became General Motors Truck Company. A year
later the marquee GMC Truck was first shown at the New York Auto Show. In 1996
GMC dropped the word Truck from its name. The nameplate recently
celebrated its centenary year in existence.