27 July 2009
Not a great picture (seeing as it's a photo of a photo, since I don't have scanner capability), but this is yours truly back around 1988. The car is my favorite of all the autos I've owned over the years-a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, with wire rims, whitewalls, the vinyl top that would eventually crack after several years in the Midwest weather-in short, all the best features of a car built in the late 1980s.
I'm really sure my Cutlass had the 305 V-8, which was technically a Chevy powerplant but some got stuck in the Oldsmobile line. It didn't have street racing speed but I could get all of the go I needed on the highway.
The Cutlasses of the late '60s-early '70s were cool cars (especially the 442), and the mid '80s version rocked. The mid-to-late '70s models and the Cutlasses built after '89-'90 were cookie-cutter-no discernible styling or performance to speak of.
I loved that car-drove it to death (nearly literally, as I had a long commute to and from work in those days) and I wish I had it today. My friend JP had an '84 Supreme that he drove from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, back to NW Illinois (about 700 km one way) every weekend, until the engine finally burned up (along with the rest of the car) on one visit back.
Still, a solid design from the late Oldsmobile Division of General Motors. Nice work, ladies and gentlemen.
OK, class-of the vehicles you've owned, what was your favorite? It doesn't have to be the fastest ride in town, or the best looking-but what made it special?
Posted by yankeedog at 21:46