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.
As the fuel and emissions crisis hit automakers in the early 1970s they had a few options to maintain performance on their vehicles. One was to downsize the vehicle like Ford did with the Mustang II, another option was to add technology like fuel injection or turbochargers like Porsche with the 911 Turbo…or you could go down the Oldsmobile route and pray the suspension and tires were crappy enough to make the car feel fast and add some gaudy stickers to make the car look fast. Add the swiveling captain’s ejector seat and you are gonna have a smash success…except that Olds didn’t sell 10k of these cars in 1976…so…yeah. Anyway, 45 years later, this thing looks wicked. Find this 1976 Oldsmobile 442 offered for $12,500 in Denison, TX via craigslist.
The first car to wear the Oldsmobile 88 badge was a car introduced wayyyy back in 1949. It was a Olds Rocket 88 that was the car to beat in NASCAR back in the day…but by 1988 the 88 was on its ninth generation and lived on the front-drive H-body shared with the Buick LaSabre and Pontiac Bonneville. Something had to be done to save the 88 because the optional voice alert system wasn’t doing it…but the marketing geniuses at Oldsmobile at the perfect solution — change the name to the Eighty Eight. Sigh. At least today’s example is equipped with the sporty FE3 performance package. Find this 1989 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight offered for $3,200 in Lansdale, PA via craigslist.
I burnt through a few brain cells trying to figure out what to call this next car. I know it was the product of a collaboration between Hurst Performance (company that invented the Jaws of Life) and Oldsmobile…but everybody on the internet just calls it the Hurst/Olds, which is not a proper name because this is technically the Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Coupe (not Cutlass Ciera, that was a front drive pile o junk) with the Hurst/Olds option…so why the Olds name twice in the name? I don’t know and stop interupting me, I was just getting to the part why you should be interested in this car. The Lightning Rod shifters? Yes. We’ve all come to the conclusion that manual gearboxes are superior to autos, but sometimes an auto comes along that is to bizarrely complex that it becomes interesting. Keep reading. Find this 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds offered for $10,500 in Kunkletown, PA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I hate to be the guy who is always criticizing random folks on the internet and their ability to create good car advertisements…but I’m afraid today I have to be. First, the reason I’m featuring this car is because Mr Mark commented that we’ve featured two Nova clones, first the Buick Apollo and then a Pontiac Ventura…so the logical thing to do is to post an Olds Omega…but they are hard to find and this next one has one of the saddest listings I’ve seen on eBay in a while. At least the price isn’t bonkers, but it is difficult to understand the condition of the Omega, so maybe the price IS bonkers. Find this 1976 Oldsmobile Omega SX offered for $5,750 buy-it-now in Gettysburg, PA via eBay.
I know what you’re thinking. You think that ten large is a skosh high to pay for a malaise era Olds Cutlass with a dirty engine bay…but hold on thought before you click away and start searching for used Fiats or something that doesn’t have the solid elegance, solid comfort, solid economy, or solid feeling of a vintage Olds Custlass Supreme Brougham. Plus, bad boy has a stick shift! Find this 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme with 4-speed offered for $10,000 in Mira Mesa, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If you own a car with the words “Official Pace Car 69th Indianapolis 500, May 26, 1985” on the doors you are going to have a few conversations that go like this. Random dude: Wow, so that car was used as the pace car at Indy…that’s wicked. You: Well…it is actually a commemorative version of […]
Oldsmobile was basically a dead brand standing when it launched the Alero just before everyone started hoarding water for Y2K. I can’t understand the mind of the person who went into an Oldsmoboat dealer in 2004 and ordered a new car…but I certainly appreciate that somebody went in and asked for the cheapest Olds he/she […]
The Oldsmobile corporate slogan in early 1986 was “There’s a special feel in an Oldsmobile”…which is ironic because that “special feel” wasn’t necessarily a good thing…but the corporate goons at Olds changed it in late 1986 to “Oldsmobile Quality. Feel it!”…also…funny in an ironic sorta way…but I have to admit that this Toronado has a […]
Few cars elicit that “wow, you never see these on the road anymore” like an 80s Oldsmobile, particularly something that wasn’t commonplace when new, like an Toronado Trofeo. The fourth and final generation Toronado was introduced in 1986 on a smaller unibody E-body platform shared with the Buick Riviera and Cadillac Eldorado. The switch to transverse […]