This next car sent me for a roller coaster of an emotional journey. It started with a simple thought; Hey, wow, finally a Hurst/Olds 442 with Lightning Rod shifters offered for a decent amount of money…next pic. Okay, the Lightning Rods are in place, red interior is dirty but intact. Next pic, wow, it comes with a bunch of spare engine parts, and even a spare engine block. Clicks next pic…oh…wait, that is a 2×4 holding the torque converter in place where the engine should be…oh. Find this 1983 Oldsmobile 442 Hurst/Olds offered for $3000 in Poughkeepsie, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
What is the top of the market for a 1987 Oldsmobile 442 with 50k miles on the odo…wait, FULL STOP. What is the market for an ’87 Olds 442 basket case that needs a complete restoration, BUT it only has 53k miles on the 5-digit odo? That’s an entirely different story and I’m not sure what to think about this next car. If you are a G-Body fan, you might love it, but don’t expect your mother-in-law to swoon at the sight of 442 with faded paint. Find this 1987 Oldsmobile 442 offered for $6,500 in Grants Pass, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
There will be a time when the Hurst/Olds Cutlass Calais with Lightning-Rod shifters becomes a desirable classic where people bid big bucks on restorable hulks…but I don’t think we are there yet. However, I don’t like the idea of two Lightning Rod Shifter equipped Hurst/Olds are being left to the elements and arachnids. So, let’s save the oddballs from decay — and this next listing isn’t for just one Hurst/Olds, but it is for two! Find these two 1984 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds Cutlass Calaises offered for $5000 in Pittsburgh, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser was the corporate twin to the Buick SportWagon and part of GM’s A-body platform that included the Buick Special, Olds Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac Tempest, and Chevrolet Chevelle. Imagine GM running a sedan platform with seven different variants in today’s environment? Hah! Anyway, this next Vista Cruiser is not a bad looking piece of automotive architecture, looks well equipped (power brakes, power steering, AC, etc) and is a personal favorite of a few of the DT gearheads. Find this 1965 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser offered for $17,500 in Mesa, AZ via craiglist. Get some spare vitsa roof glass pieces in Pueblo when you pick up the car — you won’t find those at your local safelite franchise. Tip from Rock On!
If you felt that the RM Sotheby’s W126 Mercedes-Benz wagon was a smidge too high brow for the pages of Daily Turismo, you could be correct. But you can’t stop us from dreaming, and when we come down from our imaginary Jay Leno garage, we’ll find something like this next feature sitting in our actual (real life) garage. Who says you need money to have sweet stuff? Find this 1980 Oldsmobile Toronado XSC Grandeur offered for $6,250 in Los Angeles, CA via eBay.
The Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser needs no introduction around these parts, but I’ll give you the short version because I’m in a sharing mood. Oldsmobile was a brand founded by Ransom E Olds in 1897 and was folded into the general morters corporate machine in 1908. For the next 100 years, GM squeezed every last drop of blood from that turnip and shockingly managed to sell over a million Oldsmobiles in 1986. One of them was this full sized beasty called the Custom Cruiser. You can find them for about $4k around the interweb (in fact there is an ’89 example on eBay with Maroon paint and wood trim) but this next example seems especially nice for the asking price. Find this 1986 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser offered for $4400 in Medford, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera was mid-sized offering from GM’s premium brand Oldsmobile that sat between the compact Cutlass Calais and full-sized Eighty-Eight & Ninety-Eight. The Ciera shared the H-body platform with the Buick Century, Chevrolet Celebrity, and Pontiac 6000. It is yet another terrible 80s product from the General but this next example has only 38k miles on the odometer and is a “rare” XC special edition…so I’m gonna give it two thumbs up. Find this 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera XC offered for $7950 in Dunmore, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Do you remember the Oldsmobile Special Vehicle program from the 1990s…no don’t worry, your memory isn’t going bad, you probably don’t remember it because it was a memorable as your Great Aunt Barb’s green bean casserole at Thanksgiving dinner…but think of the Silhouette OSV as if that green bean casserole had been spiked with a heavy dose of Carolina Reaper chili peppers. Because that is what Oldsmobile did at the 1999 SEMA show, they produced a few concept Olds speed machines, an Intrigue, an Alero, and a Silhouette. Somehow Oldsmobile managed to build at least 3 concept Silhouettes before the bean counters at GM’s corporate HQ shut them down and redirected them back to producing more hospital cafeteria menu cars. Regardless, you can buy one for next to nothing. Find this 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette OSV offered for $8,588 CAD ($6,717 USD) in Kelowna, BC, Canada via autotrader.ca. Shout out to Hagerty for finding this oddball.
The Oldsmobile brand was put to pasture after the 2004 model year, but the writing was on the wall when the personal luxury coupe Toronado was canceled in 1992. It wasn’t a huge surprise because the Toronado had been downsized from a V8 body-on-frame beast to a V6 unibody thing in 1986…but the Troféo version of the Toronado was unusually cool — it had funky hidden headlights, a sporty FE3 suspension, faux dual-exhaust, and a badass shifter that looks like a massive high voltage mechanical breaker switch that you’d use to light up a Christmas tree in Times Square or electrocute a condemned criminal…if you were into that kinda thing. Find this 1988 Oldsmobile Toronado Troféo bidding for $2400 in Sherwood, OR via eBay.
At first glance this car appears to have the silhouette of something that’ll is just as boring as any bland Camry/Accord/Malibu/Taurus from the early 2000s…but it isn’t. It is way more interesting because first up it is an Oldsmobile. Wait, Oldsmobile was still in business in 2001…yes, Olds didn’t close the old factory doors until 2004. Anyway, the 2nd generation Aurora has one of the most unique V6s ever put into a GM vehicle and only used in the Oldsmobile Intrigue and Aurora. The LX5 was technically a shortened version of the Cadillac Northstar V8 and has been given the nickname ShortStar or Short North and was listed in Ward’s 10 Best Engines for most of all four years of production (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002). It is one of those cars that won’t get noticed by 99.9% of the population, but you can watch their eyes glaze over as you explain by the LX5 was the best V6 GM ever built and why your car isn’t just another boring box. Find this 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 3.5 offered for $3,900 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.