Classic Oldsmobile Cars
With the word "old" written write into it, Oldsmobile cars simply connote images of classic cars. Here, we are going to investigate the history of the Oldsmobile company in addition to going over specific models that you may find available here in our classified ads.
Until the eradication of Oldsmobiles in 2004, Oldsmobile was the longest running American car brand in existence, known for producing reliable cars that are worth their money. Perhaps their dependability is why many people still select a classic Oldsmobile as their first choice for a classic car purchase.
Oldsmobiles for sale first came about in 1897 when Ransom E. Olds founded the Olds Motor Company. Olds came from a family who manufactured stationary gasoline engines, and that paved the way for him to create his own automobile company. The name "Oldsmobile" was first used in 1900; prior to that, the cars were just "olds automobiles."
When they fist started attempting to make cars, the automobiles were described as "horseless carriages." Like Henry Ford, Olds was one of the first to create mass produced vehicles from an assembly line. Therefore, it is safe to say that classic Oldsmobiles were some of the very first reliable and readily available automobiles for sale in the country.
The very first classic Oldsmobile for sale was introduced in 1897 as a one cylinder, simplistic vehicle. In 1900, Olds added a curved dashboard, making the car really stand out - and, curved dashboards ended up being one of Oldsmobile's most notable features. This car was appropriately dubbed the Curved Dash.
In 1908, General Motors acquired both the Olds Motor Company and the Buick Manufacturing Company, and so Oldsmobiles became one of many cars that GM regulated.
Then in 1910, an Oldsmobile model came out that consisted of 42 inch tires and an unusually high body frame requiring a stepping board for passengers to get in. These luxurious classic Oldsmobiles for sale came to be known as Oldsmobile Limiteds, or Limited Touring Oldsmobiles.
GM began using the Oldsmobile model as a test car for budding ideas and advanced technology, one of which was the chrome-plating parts of cars. In 1926, Oldsmobiles were the first automobiles to include chrome-plating.
In 1937, a four speed semi-automatic transmission was introduced, and a few years later improved to be fully automatic. In 1940, the "Hydra-Matic Drive" was introduced as the very first fully automatic transmission to be offered on a typical car.
In 1949, the company saw yet another huge advancement with the Oldsmobile Over-Head Valve, or OHV, Rocket V-8. This was the second mass produced OHV V-8 automobile ever; the first one was the Chevrolet in 1917. These rocket engines offered a lot of power, thus appealing to racecar drivers. The year 1990 saw the last of the two valve OHV Oldsmobile V-8s.
In the 1960s, two more classic Oldsmobiles for sale came out: the Cutlass and the Toronado. The Cutlass Oldsmobiles for sale were compact cars meant to compete with the Dodge Lancer and the Mercury Comet - the Cutlass was one of the most popular models of the 1970s. During the 1980s, however, the name caused some confusion as three models picked up the Cutlass title: the Cutlass Calais, the Cutlass Ciera, and the Cutlass Supreme.
The Toronado classic Oldsmobile consisted of a Corvette chassis, suspension, and rear transaxle. These Oldsmobiles for sale were quite large cars weighing up to two tons with the capability to travel over 120 miles per hour.
During the 1970s Oldsmobile came out with a windshield antenna, and Catalytic Converters were added to all exhaust systems. Unfortunately, during the 1980s and 1990s Oldsmobiles didn't do as well, because other GM lines were prospering instead, but the Oldsmobile Aurora turned things around a bit.
Oldsmobile wanted a car that didn't look like it was made for "old people" and the Aurora was this car. This Oldsmobile had no Oldsmobile emblem on it, but instead used a stylish "A;" later on, they used a similar system to restyle the Rocket. In addition to its excellent structural composure and practical, comfortable ride, the Oldsmobile Aurora exceeded its crash-to-failure test standards for passenger cars by double.
There is nothing like a classic Oldsmobile to bring back the nostalgia of classic cars. The Oldsmobile is the quintessential American classic car. As mentioned before, they are sturdy and reliable automobiles, and thus if you end up purchasing a classic Oldsmobile, you just may be able to use it for daily commuting in addition to showing it off at car shows.
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