Hertz Drive-Ur-Self System Opens

The first rental car business opened at a used car lot in Chicago, IL, USA in 1918 where it was later purchased by John D. Hertz. The company was renamed as Hertz Drive-Ur-Self System in 1923.

      1918, 1923
      John D. Hertz
      Chicago, IL, USA

Additional Information:

  • The Hertz Corporation – Wikipedia
    It was then renamed to Hertz Drive-Ur-Self System. Despite being sold to John Hertz, Jacobs continued to serve as president and chief operating officer of Hertz Drive-Ur-Self System until 1961.
  • John D. Hertz – Wikipedia
    John Daniel Hertz, Sr. (April 10, 1879 – October 8, 1961) was an American businessman, … When the paper, then called the Chicago Record, merged with another … In 1924, he acquired a rental car business, renaming it Hertz Drive-Ur-Self …
  • History of HERTZ – LinkedIn
    Nov 18, 2015 – 1879 Hertz rental car founder born On this day in 1879, Sandor … Ts. Hertz renamed the business Hertz Drive-Ur-Self Corporation, and in 1926 …
  • Brochure, “Rent a Fine Car, Drive It Yourself, Hertz,” 1932 …
    Using a dozen Model T Fords, 22-year-old entrepreneur Walter L. Jacobs started his now-global car rental car operation in Chicago in 1918. In 1923, he sold the …
  • Hertz Rental Car History
    Hertz Corporation Rental Car History | Hertz Rental Cars … Rail-Drive – a service in which Hertz provided a rental vehicle for vacationers right when they stepped …

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