Oldsmobile 4-4-2

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1971 was the last of the 4-4-2’s 4-4-2’s glory years. A performance package par excellence, it was GM’s longest-lived muscle car, tracing its roots all the way back to the heady days of ’64 when a 4-4-2 combo was made available for the Oldsmobile Cutlass F-85. Possibly some of the most refined slingshots ever to come from any GM division, 4-4-2s had looks, charisma, and brawn to spare. The 4-4-2 nomenclature stood for a four-barrel carb, four-speed manual transmission, and two exhausts.

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Oldsmobile Aurora – 1994

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The mid-sized Aurora was introduced by Oldsmobile in 1995. General Motors had been trying to freshen the brand for a while, and hoped the Aurora would provide a shot in the arm for sagging sales of Oldsmobiles. The first generation cars had a somewhat racy coupe profile with a distinctive rounded front end, frameless windows, wraparound rear window and full-width tail light array. Continue reading “Oldsmobile Aurora – 1994”

Oldsmobile Jetstar I – 1964

Oldsmobile Jetstar I - 1964

Nobody could accuse Oldsmobile of resting on its laurels, for the company was constantly messing with model names, revamping, uprating, relaunching and introducing new models to keep a constant sense of excitement and innovation swirling around the brand name. Of course this was not a unique approach, applying to most other American manufacturers, but Olds was a master proponent of the black art.

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Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass – 1961

Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass - 1961

Nobody was guiltier of confusing buyers with its model-naming policy than Oldsmobile — and one of the worst cases in point was the Cutlass. The name was first used on a prototype sports coupe in 1954, reappeared in the early 1960s as a sub-model of the F-85 series and thereafter rode triumphantly through three decades as a popular but confusing nameplate that appeared on a variety of different cars.

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