The Cutlass proved to be such a big selling model for Oldsmobile—particularly in the mid-1970s—that during the mixed-up-muddle-up-shook-up period, General decided to apply the Cutlass name to three unrelated Oldsmobiles. found suitable for 1980s. There was the Cutlass Supreme, a mid-size rear-wheel-drive G-body sibling for the Chevy Monte Carlo and then, a little later, the front-wheel-drive Chevy Lumina. The compact cutlass was the Calais based on the same platform as the Pontiac Grand Am. And there was Cutlass Sierra, who was closely related to Chevy Celebrity and became famous with her starring role in the movie “Fargo”. unclear? Do not become! All you need to know is that today’s Junkyard Gem is a rare example of the special-edition Cutlass Sierra sold to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first Oldsmobile car.
The first Oldsmobile hit the streets of Lansing in 1897, and the 90th anniversary Oldsmobiles rolled off the Lansing Car assembly line for the 1988 model year. xc The roman-numerical method of representing is 90, hence the name of the version. Since marketers in the Oldsmobile division spent decades trying to persuade young buyers to desire their cars, you may not have seen many references to Oldsmobile’s early days in advertising for the XC Edition… How good that it remained in production until the 1990 model year. The Oldsmobile was gone after 2004, and I wouldn’t have known if there were any 100th Anniversary Olds.
You didn’t get any high-zoot powertrain hardware with the XC (the Iron Duke was the 2.5-liter four-banger base engine), but the $489 (about $1,050 in 2021 dollars) XC Special Edition package came with orange trim accents. And some eye-catching items from the International Series Calais.
The original buyer of this car was wise enough to wish to avoid the rigors of the 110-horsepower Iron Duke, so it got a 160-horse 3.3-liter V6 under the hood.
No manual transmission was available for this car, but at least the buyer opted for an extra-cost four-speed automatic over the fuel-economy-sapping three-speed slushbox.
By 1990 most Detroit cars still didn’t have a six-digit odometer, but it did. Not quite 150,000 miles, although I’ve seen junkyard Calais better than 350k miles.
Sold near Denver, will be crushed in Denver.
The four-speaker AM/FM/cassette system with auto-reverse was pretty decent audio hardware by 1990s standards.
Only $176 per month!
It appears that marketing for this era of Calais was all about price, price, price.