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The Five Best Oldsmobiles to Come off the Line
Web2carz ^ | 5/12/14 | Andrew Krok

Posted on 05/12/2014 9:16:05 AM PDT by Impala64ssa

Oldsmobile died 10 years ago this week. On that day, the final Oldsmobile (an Alero) rolled off the assembly line, and from then on, the oldest-surviving American car company was no more. Its departure was largely bittersweet; Oldsmobile’s final vehicle lineup wasn’t very impressive, filled with bland front-wheel-drive cars, and so many believed that its time had finally come.

But it was a good run, and while the end wasn’t necessarily stellar, Oldsmobile managed to produce some seriously badass cars throughout its 107-year-long history. Below, we take a look at what we believe are the five best Oldsmobiles to ever leave its production facilities.


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1968 Hurst Olds

1966-70 Toronado

1949-53 Olds 88

1968-72 Vista Cruiser

1901-07 Curved Dash

1 posted on 05/12/2014 9:16:05 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

I had a 68 Cutlass (Not the Hurst version)that looked exactly like that minus the stripe.

That car was scary fast.


2 posted on 05/12/2014 9:18:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Impala64ssa
I had a '71 Cutlass in college. Rocket 350 engine, that car had some serious umf to it.

Later, I got a 1980 Cutlass with a V-6. Lame-assed car but it did get me around. Amazing how much Olds gelded such a great car in less than a decade.

3 posted on 05/12/2014 9:19:56 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Impala64ssa

1967 442


4 posted on 05/12/2014 9:20:48 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd
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To: Impala64ssa

Friend’s grandmother has an extraordinarily-expensive (for its time) Alero. It was like $38,000 reportedly. It’s got something like 22,000 miles. I’ve seen it.

I always thought the Alero was $30,000 and that seemed too much to me at the time. Nice-looking car but wow.

I like the 70-72 Cutlass 442 (IIRC).


5 posted on 05/12/2014 9:20:53 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Impala64ssa
1968-72 Vista Cruiser

We had one of these when I was a kid. Probably a '68.

6 posted on 05/12/2014 9:21:07 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I once had a Vista Cruiser wagon. Awesome car with great performance.


7 posted on 05/12/2014 9:21:15 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I’m still driving my ‘99 Intrigue.


8 posted on 05/12/2014 9:22:12 AM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: cripplecreek

I had a maroon one. It had “The Police Package”. Great car, but it went through a water pump a year.


9 posted on 05/12/2014 9:22:37 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Impala64ssa

I still have a 1988 Cutlass Supreme Classic with 76,000 miles. Runs great.


10 posted on 05/12/2014 9:23:07 AM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I had a 1970 Delta 88.

Still kicking myself for selling it.


11 posted on 05/12/2014 9:23:42 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Tri nornar eg bir. Binde til rota...)
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To: Impala64ssa

I had a 1988 Delta 88. I thought it would be cool to have an 88 88. But, after that it has been nothing but SUVs.


12 posted on 05/12/2014 9:24:11 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: cripplecreek
We all remember these old musclecars as scary fast. A V-6 Camry with the 2GR-FE engine would spank most of them in a drag race. Toss in a few corners and a 100 to zero braking test and there is no contest.

I still like the cars of the sixties, but what we have today is much better.

13 posted on 05/12/2014 9:25:23 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Impala64ssa

I had the pleasure of owning a 1971 Olds Vista Cruiser. A wonderful, dependable car, with lots of carrying capacity. I don’t think you can anything even similar today.


14 posted on 05/12/2014 9:25:25 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Those first generation Toronados were amazing hunks of metal. Innovative, fast, beautiful too, in the right color combo. That photo is not one of them, it’s not even a factory color. There was a “fire mist” orange that looked best, I believe Jay Leno’s is that color, factory upholstery matched. His isn’t at all factory under the hood though, lol.


15 posted on 05/12/2014 9:26:12 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: F15Eagle

Probably an Aurora rather than an Alero. Aurora was top of the line, Alero was kind of like an Olds version of a Malibu.


16 posted on 05/12/2014 9:27:40 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: cripplecreek

My FIRST thought after looking at the list was “where’s the Cutlass?”


17 posted on 05/12/2014 9:28:02 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "transparent.")
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To: Impala64ssa
My favorite car ever was my 1999 Olds Cutlass Supreme, drove until 2011. I LOVED that car. I was T-boned in it, when it was just a year or two, and I was crushed to think it might be totaled, elated when it was restored and returned to me.

My grandfather was a plant manager for Olds in Lansing, so we got several handed-down Oldsmobiles when I was growing up.

18 posted on 05/12/2014 9:28:29 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: sportutegrl

1961 Oldsmobile Starfire was a real classic.


19 posted on 05/12/2014 9:28:29 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Impala64ssa

The car I learned to drive.

20 posted on 05/12/2014 9:28:41 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Oh my bad. Thanks for the correction. I do believe you are correct. Yeah, it looks new; garaged.


21 posted on 05/12/2014 9:29:06 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: cripplecreek

Also, how can they include the Toronado? It’s admittedly kinda badass looking, but they only made it for five years? Seems like there should be a minimum production period for it to make the list. If it was all that, they would have kept it around.


22 posted on 05/12/2014 9:29:49 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "transparent.")
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To: Impala64ssa
Ash's `Army of Darkness' Olds could time-travel. Evil dEad oldsmobile photo: The Evil Dead 1981 887.jpg
23 posted on 05/12/2014 9:30:09 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Impala64ssa

24 posted on 05/12/2014 9:30:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: cripplecreek

A friend in high school had a bright yellow ‘57 Olds convertible. Big, heavy car with a hydra-matic but it had balls. Once that thing was moving it had an amazing top end.


25 posted on 05/12/2014 9:30:38 AM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Yeah, this car looks a whole lot like it - color, too.

http://www.mantei.com/graphics/1997Aurora2.JPG


26 posted on 05/12/2014 9:31:00 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: NEMDF

My father had a ‘68 Cutlass. I drove an ‘89 Cutlass Calais for 10 years and 225,000 miles before it started falling apart. My ‘99 Intrigue is holding up well at 141,000 miles.


27 posted on 05/12/2014 9:31:30 AM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Impala64ssa
One of the more famous vehicles in movie history: The burnt umber Cutlass Ciera from "Fargo" (also referred to as tan, brown, and light brown).


28 posted on 05/12/2014 9:34:00 AM PDT by Freeping Since 2001
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To: SpeakerToAnimals

“...what we have today is much better.”

From a technological standpoint, absolutely. Better brakes, better suspension, far better tires. But from the standpoint of fun? Nah!


29 posted on 05/12/2014 9:35:45 AM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: Impala64ssa

30 posted on 05/12/2014 9:36:04 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: dirtboy
My first car was a 72 Cutlass S...installed a 455 in. Dang that car was fast.

Second car was a 70 Cutlass Supreme. Built the engine in it too. Sideswiped by a semi changing lanes, went to the junkyard, purchased a 71 Supreme body, (My third car) swapped motors, found an original ram air hood,drove it to dad's in Florida on four bald tires and no spare, had a flat pulling into his driveway. lol I left a week later with a new paint job (white with metallic gold racing stripes), a new white interior that I did myself, and set of brand new white letter tires. Dang I loved that car. 3/4 cam, headers, and built carb, made it sound like lopeing thunder.

31 posted on 05/12/2014 9:37:14 AM PDT by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I only owned one Olds,a 1951 Super 88;heck of a good car & pretty peppy,too. They’ve had several since then that were good solid cars.


32 posted on 05/12/2014 9:37:53 AM PDT by oldtech
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To: Impala64ssa

My favorite car for many years- I owned 13 of them, all used. From 1955 (my first car) until about 1990 IIRC. They ALL were 88’s or 98’s except one cutlass and one station wagon.


33 posted on 05/12/2014 9:40:29 AM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: Impala64ssa

My favorite car for many years- I owned 13 of them, all used. From 1955 (my first car) until about 1990 IIRC. They ALL were 88’s or 98’s except one cutlass and one station wagon.


34 posted on 05/12/2014 9:40:29 AM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Never cared for Olds, except for the 442 (would press you into the seat - definitely a muscle car). Buicks were ugly except for 60's Riviera. Gotta luv those hidden front lights.

I currently have a Cashmire Blue 1958 Chevy Impala (my all time favorite car and second one), with a continental kit, fender skirts, white wall tires, duel rear antennas, forward mirrors on the fenders. It's not show, but a great "Survivor" as it's called. I'm replacing stuff as I can afford.

Recently had a lot of under carriage stuff done and added powered disc brakes in front. Also put a great sound system in the glove box with a powerful amp and sub-woofer in the trunk. It drives like the tank it is, but get many looks and honks while cruising around with some Oldies playing. Often get comments about how rare this car is with all the additional trim. If I had a photo client, I'd post a photo.

35 posted on 05/12/2014 9:42:18 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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To: Mich Patriot

The Toronado was produced continuously from introduction in 1966 through 1992.


36 posted on 05/12/2014 9:42:48 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Impala64ssa; BlackElk
A lot of cool cars from the early days. Here's one made in Massachusetts in the 19th century from the (George) Altham International Motor Car Company.


37 posted on 05/12/2014 9:43:49 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Impala64ssa

At one time I owned 2 1981 Cutlass’s and a1982 98.

All 3 were Diesel’s.


38 posted on 05/12/2014 9:45:15 AM PDT by amigatec (The only change you will see in the next four years will be what's in your pocket.)
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To: A Navy Vet

1973 cutlass supreme


39 posted on 05/12/2014 9:46:29 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary"S)
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To: dirtboy

From cutlass to gutless, that’s what emission controls and CAFE did to cars of the early eighties.

CC


40 posted on 05/12/2014 9:46:34 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: areukiddingme1

That vintage Hurst Olds is on my bucket list of cars I need to own.


41 posted on 05/12/2014 9:46:40 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Impala64ssa

Ah yes, the Vista Cruiser with the rear-facing back seat and the blue skylights. At age 10, I was VERY impressed.

I inherited a vintage ‘72 Cutlass in high school. Classic design. Sometimes I wish I still had it, until I remember the old squishy suspensions and the play in the power steering.


42 posted on 05/12/2014 9:49:05 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Orangedog

My 1977 Olds Delta 88 leaned into the corners even when it wasn’t moving.....


43 posted on 05/12/2014 9:49:11 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: jobim

I drove one ‘til 2009. Loved it!


44 posted on 05/12/2014 9:52:13 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Orangedog

“That vintage Hurst Olds is on my bucket list of cars I need to own.”

Me too!


45 posted on 05/12/2014 9:52:19 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: beelzepug
I have a friend with a 1967 Mustang GT 390. This car gets honks, waves and thumbs up everywhere it goes. It is great fun for about 15 minutes. Then I realize that the lack of power steering, the clutch that takes three men and two small boys to push and the sloppy steering are not much fun at all.

As I said, I still like these all American cars. I just do not want to drive one very far - I am spoiled.

46 posted on 05/12/2014 9:53:22 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Publius

I had ‘01 Intrigue. Very muscular 3.5 engine, good mileage 24/30. Enjoyed driving it but..something wrong w/ the front end.
They replaced several parts esp. on the rt front and it still had the feeling and noise of something loose.
Traded it just before the 5 yr. warranty ran out.
A shame because other than that I really liked the car.
Don’t know why GM didn’t use that engine elsewhere.


47 posted on 05/12/2014 9:55:42 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: ├čudda├čudd

Amen! The 1967 442 was an awesome car. I wish I still had mine.


48 posted on 05/12/2014 9:59:20 AM PDT by sockhead
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To: minnesota_bound

I had a ‘74 Holiday 98. It was like driving your living room down the street!


49 posted on 05/12/2014 9:59:32 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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All 3 were Diesel’s.

Those where converted gas engines weren't they? A friend had one. The increased compression would blow out the low end of the engine. Strip the mains bolts.

50 posted on 05/12/2014 10:01:38 AM PDT by Vinnie
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