Among the many pretty widespread group of automobiles produced on Basic Motors’ B-physique chassis within the Nineteen Nineties, one stands out. It’s additional-lengthy, pretty luxurious, a final-of second, and unloved among the many type of people that acquire older automobiles.
No, it’s not the Impala SS, which everybody overprices when it’s that Purp Drank shade. It’s the Custom Cruiser, by Oldsmobile.
Common Motors up to date its perennial B-physique lineup for the 1991 mannequin yr, because the three-field platform morphed into one massive, aerodynamic bathtub. In typical trend, a number of GM manufacturers provided primarily the identical vehicle, with trim variations to go well with the model. On the Ace of Base degree was Chevrolet’s Caprice Basic sedan and wagon, plus the later “scorching rod” Impala SS variant (’ninety four-’ninety six). Within the center returned the Buick Roadmaster identify, with accompanying Roadmaster Property. On the prime of the pyramid was the tremendous-size Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. And within the decrease-higher-center someplace, Oldsmobile with its Custom Cruiser.
One would fairly anticipate the Custom Cruiser was accompanied by a sedan variant labeled Ninety-Eight, however that spot was taken by a model new entrance-drive C-physique. Oldsmobile was in the midst of a push for the fashionable, youthful buyer, and conventional giant sedans didn’t match that mould. There it sat within the lineup — a giant, rear-drive V8 duckling in a showroom of entrance-drive V6 automobiles (plus the AWD Bravada). The flagship wagon of the Oldsmobile model was significantly bigger (and totally different) than the flagship sedan of the exact same yr.
Shin kicking didn’t cease there. The Custom Cruiser didn’t obtain the detuned LT1 5.7-liter love of another B-physique fashions, however provided both the 5.zero-liter 305 engine, or the 5.7-liter Chevrolet 350. The Olds Rocket V8 was a factor of the previous. The solely engine out there for 1991 was the 305, and for ’ninety two the 305 performed base engine to the 350.
In contrast to its different B-physique counterparts, Oldsmobile’s extra trendy picture mandated the Custom Cruiser forego exterior wooden trim. As an alternative, two-tone paint coated the boaty physique. From Web remark, it will appear this mild blue was the most typical shade, adopted by white over gray, after which maroon.
The trendy entrance clip and lack of plastic wooden (plood?) was not sufficient to maintain wagon gross sales hopping. First yr gross sales of seven,663 dropped to four,347 in 1992. At that time, Oldsmobile determined it was time to throw within the towel and cede wagon gross sales to Buick and Chevrolet. The final rear-drive Oldsmobile wagon had gone away, and took with it the title of Final Really Giant Oldsmobile. The remainder of the B-our bodies would soldier on with respectable success via the 1996 mannequin yr, when GM gave up on rear-drive sedans for a whereas. Maybe sir would really like a DTS with Northstar?
Our Rare Experience topic at this time was featured lately on the Craigslist of northern Wisconsin, which is a neighboring state to Michigan. With seemingly each choice out there on the time, clear blue leather-based discovered itself dappled in daylight from the Vista roof (one other final-of). This wagon had one hundred thirty-odd thousand miles on the clock, and asks simply $2,500. The itemizing was eliminated over the previous day or so, however it might pop up once more. Within the meantime, hold Oldsmobile in your hearts and minds. I do.
– Rare Rides: The 1991 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, a Wagon-only Olds –
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