Though no longer on the assembly line, the Oldsmobile brand made strides in the car world like no other. Many of my friends’ fathers had Oldsmobile’s all through high school. I can still remember being picked up to head to the mall with my girlfriend in her father’s Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Let’s take a look back and see which ten Oldsmobile’s make this top ten list.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: 1904 Curved Dash: Ransom Eli Olds and his assembly line produce the Curved Dash. This car topped out at 20 miles and hour and took forty five days to race from Portland to New York. The 1904 Curved Dash looked more like a sled than a car but the single carriage design moved people’s mode of transportation from horses to cars.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: 1918 Model 37: Though a convertible is most often the car of choice for those who like style and speed the introduction of the 1918 Model 37 from Oldsmobile gave people the freedom to go out when it was raining. The Model 37 gave people the freedom to go when they wanted and now they could go further than before.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: 1952 88 Deluxe Sedan: Oldsmobile stands for family when the 88 Deluxe Sedan comes on the line. The 1952 88 Deluxe Sedan brought the car from the corporate man to the family man encouraging drivers everywhere to hop into the car and take a road trip with the kids.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: 1966 Tornado Coupe: Rear wheel drive had been the way that people were used to cars and their handling. In 1966 Oldsmobile introduced the Tornado and changed the way that people got around. The 1966 Tornado Coupe was the car to be seen in and won the Car of the Year Award in 1966.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme: This was the car that my high school on-again-off-again girlfriend’s father drove. The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was on the line from 1967 – 1997 offering the everyday person a luxury car. Oldsmobile broke the mold with this car proving that they are moving forward and moving the American family around.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: 1974 Tornado: Oldsmobile took into consideration price, style, handling and then in the 1970’s safety. The 1974 Tornado was the first car of its kind to install a driver’s side air bag. The Tornado changed the way the world took care of its passengers.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: 1972 Cutlass Cruiser Wagon: Perhaps not the most stylish car on the road today the Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser Wagon took the family car up a notch. Oldsmobile came up with a family price and quality and the Cutlass became the top selling car of the decade. The Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser Wagon not only became the family car but it made it stylish to have a wagon with wood paneling on the side.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera: Rated the Best in Price Class, Top-Ranked American Made Car and Safe Car of the year the 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera was the car to own. With its 2 door coupe, 4 door sedan and 4 door station wagon design the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera took every buyer into account and was consistently ranked on the JD Power and associates list time and again.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: 1995 Oldsmobile Guidestar: Where would people be without their GPS? Though my wife and I have traveled the country with no more than Google map directions pulled up at random Starbucks locations most people like turn by turn access to where they are going and where they need to be. The Guidestar is the first Oldsmobile to have satellite positioning to get you where you need to go without missing a beat.
Top Ten Oldsmobile’s: 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada: This Oldsmobile SUV was the last Oldsmobile off the line. The Bravada was designed to be four wheel drive, rear wheel drive and all wheel drive optional. The Bravada marks the end of an era. This SUV was not your Father’s, not your Grandfather’s but yours.
Though many names were left out, these are my vote for 10 of the most memorable Oldsmobile models ever.