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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.

The R.E. Olds Museum

Olds Museum: When you consider the history of automobile manufacturing in the United States there are a few names that sit up on a pedestal as true pioneers of the industry. Without question, one of these is Ransom E. Olds.

Olds was born in 1864 in Geneva, Ohio and it’s hard to tell how the early days of auto making would have unfolded if he didn’t decide to devote himself to the industry.

According to Olds himself he engineered his first car in 1894, a steam engine model. He went on to found Olds Motor Works in 1897, and it was located in Lansing, Michigan which is where he passed away on August 26, 1950 at the ripe old age of 86.

Oldsmobile F-88

Oldsmobile F-88: Aptly dubbed one of the “10 Coolest Cars” by a popular blog site, Oddee, the Oldsmobile F-88 certainly fit the 1950s-era General Motors idea to build the automobiles of the future. Sometimes, this meant that cars featured Space Age inspired gauges, while others had a cool copper metallic sheen that could easily provoke thoughts of a new age outer space gadget.

“Companion” Marques: The Cadillac LaSalle

“Companion” marques was a term that was unheard of in the automotive industry before the 1920’s.  It was the idea of coming up with a product that could run between two different automotive names to help in closing the gaps between the brands. In 1927, the CEO of General Motors, Alfred Sloan, came up with the idea of “companion” marques because he was noticing price gaps in his car lines with no products to sell at those gap points. You see,originally, GM had a step process; Chevrolet was the entry level brand, then it went Oakland, Oldsmobile, Buick and then Cadillac, but due to product and engine improvements, some products were shifting out of line. Since this had been an era where automotive brands were somewhat restricted to building one model per year, Sloan thought adding a “companion” marque between each brand would boost business.  This is where the Cadillac LaSalle was born!

The Buick Reatta

Imagine a six-year old, curly-hair girl in pig-tails standing on the car lot holding her dad’s hand.  She’s looking around at what seems like an endless amount of shiny, brand-new cars, yet she spots this small, “bubble” looking white convertible and exclaims, “That’s what I want when I get big!”  Now, fast forward ten years to that same girl, now 16, and her squeals of delight, beaming smile and huge hug for the dad that just bought her that white, Buick Reatta convertible, when she got big!

The Oldsmobile Toronado

When you take a look at the Oldsmobile Toronado, the first fun fact to consider is the name of the vehicle itself. What is a “Toronado?” Is it a city in Spain, or a bullfighting term? Is it the translation of the word “tornado” in Portuguese? Well, the mystery is unveiled here today. The word Toronado actually references nothing at all. Someone at Chevrolet attached the name to a prototype back in 1963, and it was slapped onto the Oldsmobile division’s entry into the personal luxury car market that made its debut for the 1966 model year.