The Cutlass proved to be these kinds of a massive-selling model for Oldsmobile— specifically for the duration of the middle 1970s— that The General saw in shape to utilize the Cutlass title to 3 unrelated Oldsmobiles for the duration of the the mixed-up-muddled-up-shook-up period of time of the nineteen eighties. There was the Cutlass Supreme, a midsize rear-wheel-travel G-physique sibling to the Chevy Monte Carlo and then, a little bit later, the entrance-wheel-travel Chevy Lumina. There was the compact Cutlass Calais, dependent on the same system as the Pontiac Grand Am. And there was the Cutlass Ciera, intently relevant to the Chevy Celeb and produced famed by its starring position in the film “Fargo.” Confused? Really don’t be! All you have to have to know is that modern Junkyard Gem is a rare example of the distinctive-edition Cutlass Ciera marketed to commemorate the ninetieth anniversary of the incredibly initially Oldsmobile vehicle.
The initially Oldsmobile strike the streets of Lansing in 1897 and the ninetieth-anniversary Oldsmobiles rolled off the Lansing Car Assembly line for the 1988 model 12 months. XC is the Roman-numerals technique of representing ninety, hence the title of the edition. Due to the fact the Oldsmobile Division’s marketers experienced put in a long time making an attempt to encourage younger customers to want their autos, you did not see numerous references to the early days of Oldsmobile in the XC Edition’s advertising… but the XC Specific Edition ought to have been so great that it remained in creation by means of the 1990 model 12 months. Oldsmobile was gone soon after 2004, and if there was a one hundredth-anniversary Olds I’m not mindful of it.
You did not get any large-zoot powertrain components with the XC (the gnashing Iron Duke 2.five-liter 4-banger was the base motor), but the $489 (about $1,050 in 2021 pounds) XC Specific Edition offer arrived with orange trim accents and some of the spiffy appearance objects from the Intercontinental Series Calais.
The primary purchaser of this vehicle was sensible enough to desire to keep away from the harshness of the one hundred ten-horsepower Iron Duke, so it bought the a hundred and sixty-horse 3.3-liter V6 less than the hood.
There was no handbook transmission readily available for this vehicle, but at minimum the consumer selected the more-price 4-velocity computerized about the gasoline-financial system-sapping 3 velocity slushbox.
Most Detroit autos however did not have six-digit odometers by 1990, but this one did. Not quite 150,000 miles, though I have noticed a junkyard Calais with far better than 350k miles.
Marketed around Denver, will be crushed in Denver.
A 4-speaker AM/FM/cassette program with vehicle-reverse was really decent audio components by 1990 benchmarks.
A mere $176 per month!
It seems that marketing and advertising for this era of Calais was all about rate, rate, rate.