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Purchase/Drive/Burn: A Rear-drive C-body Showdown in 1980

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A few months in the past we chosen a Common Motors C-body from the three on supply in the mid-Nineteen Nineties, proper on the finish of the entrance-drive platform’s lifespan. At present’s trio is a variation on that theme, as instructed way back by commenter Sgeffe.

He needed to speak about rear-drive C-platform choices — the full-size GMs out there shortly at the beginning began going awry for the massive sedan buyer. Let’s go.

Buick Electra

Earlier than the Roadmaster was acknowledged as Buick’s largest providing in the Nineteen Nineties, the Electra held the banner as the corporate’s flagship. In its fifth era for the 1977 mannequin yr, Electra and the opposite C-body choices shrunk round 10 inches in size. Malaise and downsizing had taken maintain! The 1980 mannequin yr noticed a diesel engine added to the choices record, in addition to the supply of the Oldsmobile 307 V8 (at present’s choice). 1980 was additionally the final yr for the three-velocity TH350 transmission; GM switched to a 4-velocity THM200 in 1981. Different modifications this yr included a grille with vertical slats and the deletion of “225” from the Electra’s badging. 1980 would even be the final yr the Electra wore ventiports alongside its fenders. Size: 220.9″

Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight

Oldsmobile’s flagship Ninety-Eight mannequin entered its tenth era in 1977, growing interior head and legroom whilst exterior dimensions shrank. The Ninety-Eight realized some in depth exterior renovations for the 1980 mannequin yr. Aerodynamics and fuel financial system required a extra downward-sloped hood and a better trunk. The general impact was a chunkier, heavy-wanting car. Ninety-Eight clients might choose from LS or Regency trims on their sedan; at the moment we’ve chosen the Regency with a 307 V8. Vinyl roofs and opera lamps are good issues. Size: 221.four″

Cadillac Sedan de Ville

The DeVille resided above the entry-degree Seville, and beneath the Fleetwood Brougham sedan and limousine in Cadillac’s lineup. 1977 occurred to be the seventy fifth anniversary of the Cadillac model, and the Detroit firm celebrated by downsizing every thing. The brand new DeVille misplaced 9 inches in size and about 1,000 kilos over the outgoing mannequin. Just like the Oldsmobile, interior dimensions elevated. Clients in 1977 noticed a DeVille which needed to forego the formality of fender skirts for the primary time. Rakish! Grille modifications for 1978 accompanied slimmer tail lamp designs. An aluminum hood arrived in 1979, together with one other new grille. For 1980 the DeVille acquired the identical aerodynamic remedy because the Oldsmobile on the entrance and rear. Clients might additionally choose a (four.1L) V6 engine — the primary time the corporate dipped under eight cylinders since 1914. Most clients opted for the brand new 368 CID V8 engine, with its six-liter displacement. It was chosen right here, as nicely. Size: 221″

Conventional, restrained, or festooned — which one will get the Purchase?

[Images: General Motors]

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