Great Classic Oldsmobile Cars

Born in 1971, my first major interest as a little kid in the 1970s were cars, and Oldsmobile was my favorite brand.

Growing up in northern New Jersey, my Dad would frequently take me to car dealerships to look at new cars. On Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell was a two mile stretch that had a number of auto dealerships: Ford, Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, Chevrolet, American Motors and Oldsmobile. Usually my Dad and I would arrive and he'd tell the salesmen that he wasn't interested in buying a new car, but we were there for me. They'd give us the new car brochures and booklets of the latest models. Sometimes I'd peak my head into the new cars in the showroom. Sweet memories! Thank you Dad.

Below are Oldsmobile models that I distinctly remember and admire. The glory years of Oldsmobile! It is so sad how General Motors ran Oldsmobile and Pontiac into the ground. But let's keep this a positive memories page, shall we? :)

1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass

1967 Oldsmboile Cutlass

Our neighbor next door had a large 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass. I think it was either purple or violet - an amazing color!

This 1967 model is particularly attractive to me. The headlights on the 1960-1966 Oldsmobiles had a boring and uninspiring design, when suddenly, the 1967 Cutlass changed it all. Look at those sharp headlights positioned horizontally with the turn signal in between. It's more sporty and classy. Even the tail lights, for reasons I can't quite articulate, have a pretty design. The double red squares are nothing wild, but it's not boring either.

Photos: 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible

1978 Oldsmbobile Cutlass Supreme

It is funny to say it now, but at age 7, I distinctly recall the 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme being my all-time favorite car in my short life. Sure, looking at it now, the designers at Oldsmobile had reduced this great car to a boring rectangle, like many American vehicles would become in the 1980s. Still, I liked the "double stripe" tail lights and its semi-sporty body.

The neighors who lived on the other side of my family's backyard had a 1978 or 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme in an olive green shade. It was beautiful! The interior, dashboard and steering wheel were all of the same color.

I remember at the Derio Oldsmobile dealership was a parking lot full of Cutlass Supremes. What sticks out the most were many of the cars had an unique two-tone design. They had a white base, with the hood and roofing a secondary color - usually something on the colorful side. I recall seeing many of those two-tone Cutlasses on the road back then!

Now there was also the Cutlass Salon for 1978. I guess you could say it was the "unsexy" model that had a sloped back reminiscent of the chopped off AMC Gremlin. I remember seeing an orange '78 Cutlass Salon at the Oldsmobile dealership and I daydreamed of the day that I would be grown-up enough to buy that very car.

There was one other thing I liked about the 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass: the wheel covers. All of the standard wheel covers had a lining on the outside that matched the color of the body. Very nice!

Lastly, I found someone selling a 1978 Oldsmobile car catalog for $30 online. I remember having that very catalog as a kid! :)

1957 Oldsmobile 1957 Oldsmboile

This beautiful silver and white 1957 Oldsmobile was in a recent Colorado car show.

My question: Why do people make such an oh-so-big deal about the 1957 Chevrolet when this 1957 Oldsmobile is just as attractive, if not more?

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire

A friend owns a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible that he hopes to restore in the near future. Great car! I love those tail lights - they look like miniature footballs. ;)

1971 and 1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon

Do I need to say much about these beautiful Oldsmobile station wagons?

1977 Oldsmobile Delta 88

Another childhood neighbor had a light blue 1977 Oldsmobile Delta like the one in the adjacent photo.

Sometime in the mid-1980s, as a teenager, I lost interest in Oldsmobiles. I can't even think of one Oldsmobile model made in the 1990s and 2000s that even made a positive impression on me. Oldsmobile abandoned their logo, its cars lost their personality, and the brand lost its niche. I guess all good things can not last forever.

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