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Jul
04
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Back in the December 2007 issue of Collectible Automobile® we considered the 1995-99 first-generation Oldsmobile Aurora as cheap wheels. Now let’s take a look at the second—and as it turned out, last—Aurora.

Sep
21
1995 Oldsmobile Aurora

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora

Whether or not the Cutlass Supreme was “Your Father’s Oldsmobile,” new-car shoppers were passing on Olds products with increasing regularity by the early Nineties. Oldsmobile sales had fallen from over 1 million units in 1985 to just over 400,000 for 1993.

Sep
05
2005 Buick Park Avenue

2005 Buick Park Avenue

Among the storied model names of Buick’s past, the Park Avenue nameplate falls somewhat short of legendary. Buick monikers with richer histories and longer production runs include Century, Electra, LeSabre, Riviera, and Roadmaster.

Dec
19
Oldsmobile Profile Concept

Oldsmobile Profile Concept

Forgotten Concepts This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

Mar
05

Cadillac HT4100I’ve never heard it suggested that the Cadillac HT4100 V8 engine was flawed because it was rushed into production, but there is evidence to indicate that that was indeed the case.

If you don’t remember the HT4100, you’re not alone. As a result of the powerplant’s flaws (more on those in a moment) Cadillac marketing folks dropped the HT moniker after a few years, leaving subsequent updated versions of the engine unbranded.

Oct
10
1973 Cutlass Sedan

1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Sedan

The last-ever Oldsmobile lineup was kind of a mess. The long-lived brand featured for 2004 a pricey V8-powered sedan, an anonymous minivan cloned from other General Motor’s vans, and a thirsty SUV at a time when lighter, more efficient crossovers were taking hold.

Feb
20
1995 Chevrolet Caprice, Mystery Car Quiz

Identify this 1990 car, and four more below.

You know the drill–we give you an abstract portion of a brochure page, and you have to guess the vehicle featured. For this quiz, we’re featuring the cars of 1995. All the vehicles in question were available for sale in the U.S. We can also tell you that none of the cars here are especially rare, obscure, or of a kit-car nature. Mystery Car Quiz.

Jul
16
1999, Last Cutlass

1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass

In 1991, Oldsmobile sold a lot of Cutlasses. That simple fact probably doesn’t surprise anyone, at least not until you realize that of the seven car models Olds offered in ’91, three were dubbed Cutlass.

Mar
13
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Each of the five final Oldsmobile models could be had with a Collector’s Edition Package. This badge was part of that package.

I don’t know why, but I feel more warm-fuzzy love for Oldsmobile than I do Plymouth, Pontiac, or Mercury. Though I was troubled by the demise of each, I recall the Oldsmobiles of my youth and young adulthood more readily than I do the models of other dead brands.

Jun
25
American Luxury Coupes

Cadillac Eldorado

I don’t actually smoke cigars. As I am to high-end brown liquor, I am immune to the charms of fine tobacco. I find myself sadly confessing that in a blind “smoke test,” I would be unable to discern between an expensive Cohiba and a rolled-up grocery sack.