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Don’t Forget about the Trail Blazers

Don’t Forget about the Trail Blazers

'72 Datsun 240ZNo, not the Chevy SUV, but the cars that paved the way. The cars that were deemed the first of their kind and spawned a huge following. While we look at new cars and the amazing things that they can do, let’s take a quick look back a few of the trailblazers that have opened doors:

Datsun 240Z: Prior to the release of the Datsun 240Z, Japanese cars were small, compact, and somewhat ugly. The Datsun 240Z was the first speedy Japanese car to hit American shores. These cars were sexy and fast and drivers loved them. The Datsun 240Z paved the way for other gorgeous Asian cars like the Scion FRS, the Nissan Skyline, and the Toyota Celica.

Personal Luxury Cars 101

Personal Luxury Cars 101

'64 Buick RivieraCaught between a luxury car and a sport sedan, the personal luxury car was a favorite in the post-war era. The personal luxury car is typically a two-door sedan loaded with gadgets and goodies. It’s less expensive than the luxury cars typically made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, and Bentley. Most of the personal luxury cars were made by American car manufacturers, although the luxurious Lincolns and Cadillacs were considered luxury cars.

Obscure Cars Sold in the United States

Obscure Cars Sold in the United States

'65 Oldsmobile StarfirePeople love their cars and people love to learn about other cars. Since the release of the Model-T, Americans have had a love affair with cars. While many models have grown into icons, some have become simply recognizable and some have become lost in the crowd. These are a few of the most obscure American cars:

Oldsmobile Starfire: While the automaker faded into memory in 2004, there were a few models that Americans forget well before that auspicious year.  The Oldsmobile Starfire was built to compete with the Chevy Monza, this small Oldsmobile did not sell well and many chose not to remember the car that was built between 1975 and 1980.

What to Name Your Car

What to Name Your Car

'70 Oldsmobile 442It is true that cars come with names. Corvette, Miata, Mustang, ES300, Prius, i3, to name a few. But, when you really get to know your car, there is nothing wrong with giving your car its very own name. You know your car better than anyone else, from its check-engine light that never turns off (even after repairs), to the perfect level to lower the windows when driving on the highway, to its favorite type of gas. If you have been wanting to name your car, but you have not had the right inspiration, here are a few ideas:

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

OldsmobileThe Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is one of the classic nameplates from the legendary brand that lasted for over 100 years. The mid-sized Cutlass Supreme came out in 1966 and lasted for five generations, through 1997 when the Intrigue replaced all of the Cutlass models.

The first Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was a trim level in 1966, for the hardtop, four-door sedan. The high-level Supreme trim included a plush interior with a bench and armrest, new, deluxe door panels, and full wheel covers. This first Supreme was also known as the Holiday Sedan. Just one year later, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme came into its own and the name represented a full series. The new line-up included a Holiday and a Sport Coupe, a convertible, and a Town Sedan. All members of the line were more luxurious than those in the Cutlass series.

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass SupremeThe 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass belongs to the third generation of the nameplate, and is a collector item today. Oldsmobile introduced its first Cutlass in 1961, but at this time it was merely a trim level on the F-85, the brand’s compact car. The real origins of the name go back to 1954, when Oldsmobile made a sports coupe that was solely experimental. The platform for it would eventually evolve into the F-85, several years later.

1956 Olds Super 88

1956 Olds Super 88 1956 Olds Super 88

The 1956 Olds Super 88 and other members of the 88’s second generation are considered to be among the most stylish and collectible of the cars of the 1950s. The 88 came out in 1949 and continued to be produced by the GM division until 1999. For the first half of that admirable run, the 88 outsold everything else in the Oldsmobile line-up. The series included several different levels over the years. The Super, especially the 1956 Olds Super 88 was one of the most popular.

1968 Hurst/Olds

1968 Hurst/Olds

Hurst/Olds 1968A special edition model, the 1968 Hurst/Olds represented the best in performance that the Oldsmobile name had to offer. To understand what the 1968 Hurst/Olds was, you have to go back to the origins of the Oldsmobile 442. The Olds muscle car came out in 1964, initially as an option on the Cutlass and the F085. The number referred to the four-barrel carburetor, the four-speed manual transmission, and the two exhaust pipes. From 1968 to 1971, the 442 was a model of its own, and in 1972 it became an option again, through the early 1990s.

1958 Oldsmobile Super 88

As the United States auto companies began to embrace more futuristic looks of the late 1950s and early 1960s, due in large part to the beginning of the country’s fixation on outer space, chrome started to make its appearance more and more. The 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 was also called the “Chrome Mobile” because of the sheer amount of chrome on the body. The entry level Super 88, the Dynamic 88, ran from 1958-1966, and like the Super, it also had its fair share of chrome. For now, we’ll focus on the 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88.

Spotlight: Ransom E. Olds

Oldsmobile is one of the most recognized automotive makers in American classic car history. The name and many of its models have become part of the unique history that the automotive history has entwined in American pop culture, nostalgia, and the musings of bygone days. Its history is fraught with both enormous successes and nerve-wracking failures, but still it remains among the favorites for generations of Americans.