• This 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser station wagon is typical of GM’s once ubiquitous A-body lineup.
• As we scrolled through the list of supercars and other overpriced exotic cars, its refined mediocrity stopped us.
• This very original station wagon is now on sale bring a trailerThe auction will end on April 6.
In the 1980s and 1990s, General Motors dumped hundreds of thousands of Model A front-wheel-drive two- and four-door midsize sedans and station wagons on the market, sold under the Chevrolet Celebrity name. , Pontiac 6000, Oldsmobile Scimitar Ciera and Buick Century. Most have long since been smashed into a cube, but the popularity of the latest models with premium packages (especially Buick and Oldsmobile versions) means you’ll occasionally come across a well-maintained, low-mileage example.That seems to be exactly what we have in this 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser that showed up on the auction site bringing a trailer – which, as car and driverBeing part of Hearst Motors, we couldn’t help but linger.
The Scimitar cruiser has only done 54,000 miles. The accompanying documents show it was a new car sold in San Francisco, and it appears to be a California car for life. Crucially, dealers include paint meter readings so you know the light Adriatic blue finish is pristine, painted by the best in the UAW.
Exactly matched interior colors render nicely. The wagon had a split front seat and a rear-facing residual third seat(!) and seated eight people (it was small at the time). It’s well-equipped with power windows, power door locks, air conditioning and a tilt steering wheel. Days are better with a Delco AM/FM stereo monitor, so maybe just listen to your mixtape.
GM’s 3.1-liter L82 V6 engine sits under the hood, pumping out 160 horsepower and 185 pound-feet, channeled to the front wheels via a pillar-mounted four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Impressively, the car surpassed California’s emissions. It also benefits from relatively new bonnet gaskets and new serpentine belts and tensioners. According to reviewers, the new owner may want to replace the intake manifold gasket as a precaution.
It was around this time that Oldsmobile, desperate to get rid of the old man’s image, launched the “Not Your Dad’s Oldsmobile” ad campaign. Even so, the A-body Cutlass, which has lingered in showrooms for over a decade, is exactly what spoiled the model that was trying to get an image makeover.If you are over a certain age, chances are already Your father’s Oldsmobile. In my case, it was my stepfather’s, who swears by his “Olds sports cars” – he owns two – until he eventually had to upgrade to a silhouette van. I think it might be time for him to pick up one.