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50 Years in Fleet: 1961 - 2011

In the January 2011 issue of Automotive Fleet magazine, the editorial staff assembled a timeline of major events throughout fleet history.

January 2011, by Staff

This article was sponsored by GM.

In the January 2011 issue of Automotive Fleet magazine, the editorial staff assembled a timeline of major events throughout fleet history. The timeline begins below.

1938

  • Wheels Inc. founded.
  • R.A. Company established by David, Henry, & Nathan Robinson.

1946

  • Lend Lease Cars, Inc. founded.
  • Peterson, Howell & Heather, Inc. founded.

1948

  • National Auto Auction Protective Association (precursor to NAAA) is formed.
  • Automotive Rentals, Inc. (ARI) founded.

1949

  • McCullagh Leasing founded.

1950

  • Chestnut Fleet Rentals (CFR) founded.

1952

  • LMV Leasing (Lease Motor Vehicle Co.) founded.

1945-1953

  • President Harry S. Truman is president, leads the nation during a recession even as car sales continued to climb.

1954

  • National Auto Auction Protective Association reorganizes and changes name to National Auto Auction Association (NAAA).

1955

  • American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) is formed.

1956

  • Hertz buys leasing firm Robinson Auto Rental of Philadelphia.

1957

  • Enterprise Leasing Co. founded.
  • General Leasing Co. established (later known as GELCO).
  • National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) founded.

1959

  • Wheels Inc. & PH&H install first mainframe computers.

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