International can be somewhat of an abused term – think Daytona “International” Speedway. Though international in this case probably meant Mexico, Canada, and the United States, this Quad 4 Cutlass model featured all the comfort of the Calais with a manual gearbox and batmobile cladding. In a time when most domestic offerings had pushrods and velour, the term International was nearly fitting. Find this 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass International Series for sale in Ormond Beach, FL for $1,975 via craigslist.
When scouting out Quad 4 powered top-spec compact Oldsmobiles, most masochists gravitate towards the last generation of the 442. Though with two extra doors, the Cutlass Calais and International series were slightly tamer but got a substantial boost in practicality.
There have been fewer styling trends that say welcome to the 90’s louder than a swirly three spoke aluminum wheel, except maybe ABS plastic body molding. Luckily, you won’t have to pick between trends as this car has everything but the digital dash. I believe there’s even an equalizer under the radio.
Racy buckets have been reverted back to a more traditional Olds comfort spec thanks to sheepskin seat covers. A surprise never fails to await those who peel back the covers. In this case, the result will likely be positive given the condition of the rest of the vehicle. Another good sign: aftermarket rubber floormats that don’t have a Loony Toons character on them.
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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.