Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible - A Unique, But Forgettable Car

If you're like me, you've probably forgotten that Oldsmobile ever built this car.

Is it an exciting car? Nah, not really, but it holds a place in American automotive history. It's the only American convertible to be produced with a roll bar (of sorts). GM was forced to use the roll bar setup because the door handles on the coupe - on which the convertible is based - are in the B pillar.

While it may not be exciting, it's not awful, either. The 3.4 liter V6 puts out 200 HP and gets the car to 60 MPH in less than 9 seconds. The suspension is set up more for a smooth ride than sharp handling, but it's a lot better than American cars of decades earlier.

Like most GM cars from the era, build quality was not great. But, these cars seem to fairly reliable and parts, other than those exclusive to the convertible, are plentiful and cheap.

I wouldn't spend a lot of money on this car. It has 157,000 miles on it and a rebuilt transmission. The top has a few rips and there is a dent or two. But, the opening bid id $900.00 and there is no reserve. If you can buy it cheap and if there is an old-school auto upholstery repair shop near you that can patch the top, this car might be cool to buy, if for no other reason than to say you owned one.

This is one of those cars that, despite its rarity, you would want to buy cheap, drive and use up.

Located in Sylmar, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.


Jon said...

Those Lear seats were always the Kirstie Alley version of a true Recaro. The quad tailpipes are really three too many.

steve in podunk said...

The 4cammer on that Olds is a nightmare to work, The base engine is the one you wanna buy

Anonymous said...

Old(s) Turd, it shoulda been named.