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Oldsmobile 442
The Oldsmobile 442 was a muscle car option package for the F-85 and Cutlass models sold in the United States from the 1964 model year. It became a model in its own right from 1968 to 1971 then reverted to an option through the mid 1970s. Oldsmobile revived the name in the 1980s on the rear wheel drive Cutlass Supreme and early 1990s as an option package for the new front wheel drive Cutlass.

4-4-2
The 4-4-2 name originally referred to the car's 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, and 2 exhausts. (It would later change to 400ci.) Oldsmobile was the first General Motors division to follow Pontiac's lead with the GTO in selling a true muscle car - a midsize car with a full-size engine. From 1964 through 1967, the 442 was an option package that could be ordered on some F-85, and Cutlass models except the station wagon.The 442 became a separate model from 1968 through 1971. The wheelbase was 112 in, and over 33,000 were sold. The three engine options from 1967 remained.1970 saw the introduction of the Olds 455 V8 as the standard 442 engine. Output was 365hp and 500 ft.lbf, with a 370 hp W30 option available. The 365 and 370 hp (272 and 276 kW) power ratings were conservatively underrated at a lower RPM. Both engines are believed by some to produce 410 to 420 hp (306-313 kW). It was the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 race in 1970.

442
The 442 name reverted to an option package from 1972 on the F-85 and Cutlass S. This package consisted of suspension upgrades and a stripe, with other things like a rear bumber cutout listed as additional options. An L75 455 in³ V8 was available, the smaller Oldsmobile 350 V8 was optional. The 442 again paced Indy in 1972 and 1974. The 442 package was not continued past 1980.

Limited Edition 442
Another limited-edition 442 model was offered from 1978 through 1980. It used the Oldsmobile 350 in³ V8. A special-edition Hurst/Olds was also offered in 1979.

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
The 442 name was revived in 1985 on the rear wheel drive Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. The name was now defined as referring to the car's 4-speed 200r4 automatic transmission, 4-barrel carburetor, and 2 exhausts. This W42 model replaced the 1983 and 1984 Hurst/Olds model and used the same 5.0 L LG8 V8. The shifter was mounted on the floor in a console between the front seats, and the upgraded F41 suspension package was included. 3,000 were produced in the first year, and all were sold quickly. 4,273 were produced for 1986, and 4,208 were made in 1987.

Quad 442
The final use of the 442 name was on the Quad 442 front wheel drive 1990 Cutlass Calais. This model used a 2.3 L LG0 Quad-4 4-cylinder engine with 4 valves per cylinder and 2 camshafts. The engine was tuned with higher output camshafts which produced more top end power at the expense of idle quality. It used a single exhaust with dual tailpipes and produced 185 hp with a 5-speed manual transmission. This 442 model lasted just two years.

Oldsmobile Alero
The Oldsmobile Alero was introduced in spring 1998 as a 1999 model to replace the Achieva. The Alero went into production on April 6, 1998. All Aleros were built in Lansing, Michigan. The Alero was Oldsmobile's last compact car as well as the last vehicle built under the brand. Production ended on April 29, 2004.The design of the Alero was originally previewed in 1997 with the "Alero Alpha" concept car, a futuristic V6 sport coupe that featured many design elements seen in the production Alero as well as some that were never meant for production.The Alero was sold either as a 4-door sedan or as a 2-door coupe. It shared its chassis and many parts, including engines, with the 1999 - 2006 Pontiac Grand Am.The Alero was also sold in select European countries as a Chevrolet Alero, although only available as a sedan and with the V6 engine. The car still featured its Oldsmobile badges even though sold under the Chevrolet brand, since most European consumers would not recognize what the badge stood for. The Toronado was sold similarly.Alero production ended with a special Final 500 Edition. These last 500 Aleros featured custom graphics inspired by vintage Oldsmobile logos, dark cherry metallic paint, and a plate featuring the car's number out of 500.The final Alero Final 500 Edition (#500 of 500) also happened to be the final Oldsmobile ever built, and was signed under its hood by the employees of the General Motors Lansing plant and then given to the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.A preview of the planned replacement for the Alero was seen in 2001 with the unveiling of the "O4" concept, designed by Bertone. The car was an open top 4-seater with European styling but some Oldsmobile traits, and powered by the latest Ecotec I4 engine. The name had multiple meanins, including "Oldsmobile 4-Seater" as well as implying the year 2004 as a planned date for production. Unfortunately the O4 concept was unveiled a few weeks after General Motors announced that they would be phasing out the Oldsmobile brand, meaning that production possibilities of the O4 would never see reality. Because of this, a second generation of the Alero was never built and the car was phased out in 2004.

Variant prototypes
General Motors commissioned the construction of Alero prototypes either for testing or to gather public opinion on possible future plans for the Alero. These variants include:Alero OSV - "Oldsmobile Speciality Vehicle", an experiment in an aftermarket parts brand for Oldsmobile. Featured a body kit, supercharged I4, custom interior, and special cherry red paint.Alero OSV II - Another experimental vehicle, this time featuring an LX5 DOHC 3.5L V6 (used in the Oldsmobile Intrigue and Aurora and featured custom dark green paint.Alero 442 - A set of show cars based on the Alero coupe fitted with a body kit similar in design to the Oldsmobile 442. Each Alero 442 show car had a unique color, including white with gold stripes and white with pink stripes.Alero California - A custom built version of the Alero coupe featuring racing parts including a large rear wing, racing seats, sport tires, and custom graphics painted in brown and yellow.Alero Convertible - An experiment in the possibility of creating an Alero with a convertible soft top to help broaden the appeal of the car to young buyers. The Oldsmobile O4 concept also hinted that the next generation Alero could have had a convertible model.Alero Pace Car - Built by General Motors as part of their fleet of Oldsmobile safety cars for the Indy Racing League, featuring custom yellow and white checkered flag graphics.

Oldsmobile Aurora
The Oldsmobile Aurora is a luxury automobile made by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and launched in 1995. It was a luxurious 4-door sedan riding on the same Cadillac-derived "G-body" platform as the 2-door Buick Riviera. It was introduced to bring new life to Oldsmobile, but the first few years of Aurora did not even feature the Oldsmobile name. There was even a rumor at the time that the name of the whole Oldsmobile marque would be changed to simply, "Aurora."The 1995 Aurora introduced Oldsmobile's "Aurora" L47 V8, a DOHC engine based on Cadillac's Northstar 4.6L V8. The Aurora was highly regarded at the time for its refined engine, excellent build quality, and well-balanced ride. As a symbol of its clean break from other cars in the lineup, the Aurora bore no Oldsmobile badging or script, except on the cassette deck and engine cover. Oldsmobile quickly launched other new models with the Aurora "look," including the all-new Intrigue and Alero and redesigned Eighty-Eight, and even updated the division's "Rocket" logo to be more visually in-line with the Aurora's emblem.

2001 Aura
Oldsmobile's original intention for the second generation was to move the Aurora further upmarket, retaining its V8-only drivetrain and sharing a platform with the new Buick Riviera, as the original Aurora had done. This would have created more room within the Oldsmobile lineup for a four-door Eighty-Eight successor known as Antares. However, Buick dropped its Riviera development plans and fiscal trouble found Oldsmobile, so Olds was forced to re-engineer the Antares into an acceptable Aurora in short time. The 2001 Aurora is the product of that re-engineering.

Oldsmobile Bravada
The Bravada is a luxury SUV from the Oldsmobile marque of General Motors. There have been two different vehicles to bear this model name, the 1991-2001 first- and second-generation GMT330, and the 2002-2004 GMT360.

1991 Bravada
The 1991 Bravada was an upscale version of the new 4-door S-Blazer/Jimmy. It was the first truck offered by the Oldsmobile division. Unlike the others, the Bravada was only offered with "Smart Trak" all wheel drive and the 4.3 L Z-code engine. Anti-lock brakes and remote keyless entry were also standard. This version was produced through 1994.

1996 Bravada
The Bravada was refreshed later than the others, with no 1995 models produced. A Bose sound system was added for 1999 and the engine was redesigned in 2000, though output remained the same. This generation was phased out in 2001 to make way for the new GMT360 Bravada.

2002 Bravada
The 2002 Bravada was the first GMT360 truck. Like the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, it used the new 270 hp (201 kW) Atlas Straight-6 engine. Rear wheel drive was available for the first time as well, making this the first rear wheel drive Oldsmobile since the 1992 Custom Cruiser. Production of the Bravada ended with the demise of the Oldsmobile marque in 2004.The Bravada bodyshell is still in production as the Buick Rainier.

Oldsmobile Cutlass
The Oldsmobile Cutlass is an automobile made by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. The Cutlass was introduced in 1961 as a unibody compact car competing with the Ford Falcon and Plymouth Valiant.Over the years, the Cutlass name was used by Oldsmobile as almost a sub-marque, with a number of different vehicles bearing the name simultaneously. This was probably shrewd, because the Cutlass name was a rising star in the 1970s—rising to the top of the global top-10 seller lists at one point—and became one of the most popular nameplates in the industry in the 1980s. However, the proliferation of Oldsmobile Cutlass models caused confusion in the market-place in the 1990s, when three different vehicles (the Cutlass Calais, Cutlass Ciera, and Cutlass Supreme) all shared the name.1961 was the first year for the "compact" Cutlass line, using GM's new A-body unibody platform. The base model was the F-85, which came in two- and four-door sedan styles and as a 4-door station wagon. The F-85 used the new Oldsmobile/Buick Rockette aluminum 215 in³ V8. Bore was 3.5 in and stroke was 2.8 in, output was 155 hp and 210 ft.lbf with a Rochester 2-barrel carburetor. An optional Power Pack used a 4-barrel carb for 185 hp. Wheelbase was 112 in for a 188.2 in overall length.The Cutlass was joined by sister cars, the similar Buick Special, rear-engined Chevrolet Corvair, and front-engined (but Corvair-based) Pontiac Tempest. The Oldsmobile was the only A-body to use a floor-shift automatic transmission.The S was the mid-grade model and added a fastback coupe body. At the top was the 442 muscle car. Most Cutlass models used a Jetaway 2.5-speed automatic transmission until 1969.

Turbo Jetfire
A turbocharged version of the small V8 was introduced in 1962 in the Turbo Jetfire model. This would prove to be the first turbocharged vehicle ever offered for sale.

Vista Cruiser
The car grew larger for 1964 with the Supreme notchback added along with the Holiday Coupe 2-door. The Vista Cruiser, a stretched-wheelbase version of the Cutlass/F-85 station wagon that also featured a raised rear roof and tinted skylights, debuted on February 4, 1964.A 225 in³ V6 was used for 1965 and 1966. It was replaced by an Oldsmobile-badged Action-Line 6 version of Chevrolet's 250 in³ Blue Flame straight-6 engine in 1966. Bore was 3.88 in and stroke was 3.53 in.

Cutlass
The Cutlass underwent a major body restyle in 1968 as did all other GM A-body cars. This design was used (with a minor restyle in 1970) until 1972.

Cutlass 1970
The 1970 Cutlass came in two body styles: the notchback Cutlass Supreme and fastback Cutlass S. The base model on the platform remained the straight-6 F-85.The new 1972 Hurst/Olds used the Cutlass body. The straight-6 was gone. s

Cutlass 1973
For 1976, Cutlasses used the Oldsmobile 260 V8 with a 5 speed manual transmission (T-50) or optional automatic transmission (TH-200 or TH-350). Optional engines were the Olds 350 or Olds 455, but only with automatic transmissions. The Buick 231 in³ V6 was added for 1977. The Olds 403 replaced the 455 that same year, and a restyle was done.

Cutlass 1978
The 1978 Cutlass moved to a new version of the G-body with a shorter wheelbase. A mild restyle came in 1981. This Cutlass was lighter than earlier versions at around 3300 lb (1500 kg). The G-body version offers enough engine compartment room for larger engine swaps quite easily and this is the best way to gain back performance from this emission-choked year. 455s from earlier years will fit with minimal modifications and if the car was originally a 260, the engine mounts will line up when swapping a 455. The popular 350 Chevy and big block 454 Chevy also fit easily.

Cutlass Ciera Line
The smaller Cutlass Ciera line was introduced on GM's new front wheel drive A platform, while the Cutlass Supreme remained on the (now renamed) rear wheel drive G platform for six more years. Oldsmobile produced one last rear wheel drive Cutlass for 1988, Cutlass Supreme Classic, alongside the new front wheel drive Cutlass Supreme.Another new Cutlass vehicle, the N-body Cutlass Calais, was introduced in 1985, bringing the number of Cutlass models to three.

Oldsmobile Cutlass
The simple Oldsmobile Cutlass name was revived in 1997 for a version of the new Chevrolet Malibu, replacing the Cutlass Ciera. This model used the 107 in wheelbase GM N platform. It was later regarded as a stop-gap measure to give Oldsmobile a model to sell below the larger Intrigue until the new Alero (also on the N platform) arrived in 1999. Panned by many as the 'Cutlibu,' it did differ in its Oldsmobile split-grille fascia, full-width rear taillamps, and unique optional chrome wheels. Production of the N-body Cutlass ended July 2, 1999, marking it as the last car to bear the Cutlass name.

Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight
The Oldsmobile 88 was a fullsize car sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and produced from 1949 until 1999. Although it was never the marque's top-seller, the 88 was an image leader for the company from its introduction.A large number of variations in nomenclature were seen over this long model run - Delmont, Delta, Dynamic, Jetstar, Starfire, Super, Holiday, L/S, LSS, Celebrity, and Royale were used at various times with the 88 badge, and Fiesta appeared on some station wagons in the 1950s and 1960s. The name was more commonly shown as numbers in the earlier years and was usually spelled out in the later.The Oldsmobile Eighty Eight was produced in Wentzville, Missouri, Flint, Michigan and Lake Orion, Michigan.

88 Badge
Oldsmobile introduced the 88 badge in 1949. It was named to complement the already-existing 76 and 98. The new car used the 76's platform with a powerful new Rocket V8 engine. This combination of a relatively small body and large, powerful engine made it a precursor to the muscle car.The 88 enjoyed a great success, inspiring a popular 1950s slogan, "Make a Date with a Rocket 88", and also a song, "Rocket 88", often considered the first rock and roll record. In the 1960s, Oldsmobile would adopt the rocket as its logo, and the 88 name would remain in the Olds lineup until the late 1990s, virtually until the end of Oldsmobile itself.

Super 88
The new Super 88 model was introduced in 1951 and produced until 1964.

Dynamic 88
The Dynamic 88 debuted in 1958 and lasted through 1966 positioned just below (and very close to) the Super 88.

Jetstar
The Jetstar 88 shared the many of the midsize car components with the Oldsmobile F-85 line in the 1960s. The Jetstar 88 used the smaller 330 V8, Jetway transmission and 10" brakes.Saw the introduction of the Jetstar 1. This model was produced for just two years. The Jetstar 1 shared a notchback body style from the Starfire but included less standard equipment.

Dynamic 88 Delta
The Delta name appeared for the first time in 1965 as an upscale trim line of the Dynamic 88, the Dynamic 88 Delta.

Delta Custom
The Delta package became Delta Custom.I have a 1964 Delta 88 Coupe, that was 1st purchased in Sept. 1964 and licenced in Whittier, CA This may have been an early release of the 1965, but all the paperwork shows it as a 1964 model V8. It is not a bigblock 447, and it is not a Dynamic 88.

1969 88 Series
The 1969 88 series dropped the Delmont and replaced it with the Delta 88. The Royale line appeared.There were now two body styles of the 88 on the GM B platform - the town sedan and the coupe. The 1977-1979 Custom Cruiser wagon was a Chevrolet Caprice clone.

The Eighty-Eight
For 1986, the Delta 88 switched platforms from the GM B platform to the much smaller front wheel drive GM H platform, with only 110.8 in wheelbase. In 1989, the prefix "Delta" was dropped, leaving the model to simply become the "Eighty-Eight". The Eighty-Eight was redesigned again in 1992.The Oldsmobile Eighty Eight was redesigned for 1992. This would prove to be the last Eighty Eight or 88 model from Oldsmobile when it was replaced by the Aurora in 2000.

Oldsmobile Intrigue
The Oldsmobile Intrigue was a mid-sized sedan manufactured from 1998 through 2002 by Oldsmobile.The Intrigue was designed to compete more with Japanese automobiles, and replaced Oldsmobile's older Cutlass Supreme. It went into production on May 5, 1997. It was similar to a range of midsized sedans from other manufacturers and GM divisions, including the Buick Century, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2000+) and Pontiac Grand Prix. All Intrigues were built at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, where the Pontiac Grand Prix was also built (the Buick Century and Regal, and the Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo were all built in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada). On June 14, 2002, the final Intrigue rolled off the assembly line, as part of the Final 500 Collectors Edition.

Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight
The Oldsmobile 98 (formerly Series 90 Custom Cruiser) was a full-size automobile sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors in the United States. The name appeared with the first post-World War II Oldsmobiles in 1941. It was, as it would remain, the top of the line model, with lesser Oldsmobiles having lower numbers such as 66 and 76. These were replaced by the Oldsmobile 88 in 1949, and the two number-names would carry on into the 90's as the bread and butter of the full-size Oldsmobile lineup.Occasionally additional nomenclature was used with the name, such as L/S and Holiday, and the 98 Regency badge would become increasingly common in the later years of the model. The 98 shared its bodyshell with the Buick Electra.As it was the top-line Oldsmobile (save for the Toronado), the series had the most technologically advanced items availalbe, such as Twilight Sentinel (a featured that automatically turned the headlights on and off via a timer, as controlled by the driver), and the highest-grade interior and exterior trim.

1941 96
The first Series 90 was the 1941 96. According to Oldsmobile's naming standard, it used a straight-6 engine and lasted just one year. The 98 name also debuted with a straight-8 engine. The Series 90 replaced the Oldsmobile Series 80 as the top car in the company's lineup.

Rocket V8 Engine
The Rocket V8 engine appeared in the 1949 98.The 1956 98 used a 126 in wheelbase.

Ninety-Eight 1971
The 1971 through 1976 Ninety-Eight was very similar to the Oldsmobile 88 (which by now was called "Delta 88").

1977 Model
The 1977 model was extensively redone and downsized, at the same time as the Oldsmobile 88. The new models were several hundred pounds lighter than a comparable 1976 model, but were just as roomy inside. The 98 was slightly revised in 1980 (but was essentially the same car); the LS, Regency and Regency Brougham models were available at various points during the run.

1985
The 98 moved from the rear wheel drive GM C platform to a new front wheel drive platform for 1985.

1991
This final redesigned generation of the Ninety-Eight would prove to be the shortest, seeing its last year in 1996. With the Aurora being introduced a year earlier, and the Eighty-Eight around, the 98 simply lost its place in the Olds lineup. It was replaced by the Regency version of the Eighty-Eight.

Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight
The Oldsmobile 98 (formerly Series 90 Custom Cruiser) was a full-size automobile sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors in the United States. The name appeared with the first post-World War II Oldsmobiles in 1941. It was, as it would remain, the top of the line model, with lesser Oldsmobiles having lower numbers such as 66 and 76. These were replaced by the Oldsmobile 88 in 1949, and the two number-names would carry on into the 90's as the bread and butter of the full-size Oldsmobile lineup.Occasionally additional nomenclature was used with the name, such as L/S and Holiday, and the 98 Regency badge would become increasingly common in the later years of the model. The 98 shared its bodyshell with the Buick Electra.As it was the top-line Oldsmobile (save for the Toronado), the series had the most technologically advanced items availalbe, such as Twilight Sentinel (a featured that automatically turned the headlights on and off via a timer, as controlled by the driver), and the highest-grade interior and exterior trim.

Serious 90
The first Series 90 was the 1941 96. According to Oldsmobile's naming standard, it used a straight-6 engine and lasted just one year. The 98 name also debuted with a straight-8 engine. The Series 90 replaced the Oldsmobile Series 80 as the top car in the company's lineup.

1949
The Rocket V8 engine appeared in the 1949 98.

1956 98
The 1956 98 used a 126 in wheelbase.

1971
The 1971 through 1976 Ninety-Eight was very similar to the Oldsmobile 88 (which by now was called "Delta 88").

1977
The 1977 model was extensively redone and downsized, at the same time as the Oldsmobile 88. The new models were several hundred pounds lighter than a comparable 1976 model, but were just as roomy inside. The 98 was slightly revised in 1980 (but was essentially the same car); the LS, Regency and Regency Brougham models were available at various points during the run.

1985
The 98 moved from the rear wheel drive GM C platform to a new front wheel drive platform for 1985.

1991
This final redesigned generation of the Ninety-Eight would prove to be the shortest, seeing its last year in 1996. With the Aurora being introduced a year earlier, and the Eighty-Eight around, the 98 simply lost its place in the Olds lineup. It was replaced by the Regency version of the Eighty-Eight.

Oldsmobile Silhouette
The Oldsmobile Silhouette, along with its siblings the Pontiac Trans Sport and Chevrolet Lumina APV, were a trio of minivans that débuted with radical styling in fall 1989 as 1990 models.The first generation Silhouette was prominently featured in the 1995 film Get Shorty where it was repeatedly referred to as "The Cadillac of minivans".General Motors first attempt at producing a minivan to compete with the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, the body-on-frame Chevrolet Astro and its twin, the GMC Safari failed to make a noticeable dent in Chrysler's near monopoly of the minivan market in the 1980s, so this second attempt was made. The Oldsmobile Silhouette and its sibling models, while more successful than the Astro/Safari duo in terms of market share, had significant perceived flaws, primarily centered around its unconventional styling that ultimately limited its appeal and sales.First shown to the public in 1986, the Pontiac Trans Sport concept car was extremely well received. It featured futuristic styling, individually removable bucket seats with built-in stereo speakers, a gull-wing rear passenger door and extensive use of glass including a glass-paneled roof as well as many other "dream car" features.The very first 1990 Oldsmobile Silhouette rolled off the assembly line on August 1, 1989. Assembled in the now extinct General Motors Tarrytown, NY assembly facility, these U platform vans consisted of a galvanized steel space frame wrapped in composite plastic body panels that were impervious to rust and minor dents and dings, a manufacturing technique developed on the Pontiac Fiero and also used extensively on General Motors’ Saturn line of vehicles.

Modest Sales Success
The design of these minivans was controversial. At the time that the Oldsmobile Silhouette and its siblings were conceived, no one had tried to market a stylish or sporty minivan, and GM felt that that represented a potentially large market segment. They styled these minivans to be lower and sleeker than any of the competing brands on the market. The extremely large, long and sloped windshield and the resultant long distance to the base of the windshield when sitting in the drivers seat made for a disconcerting driving experience until a person could adjust to the "different" proportions. Automotive magazines christened the new minivans "dustbusters" after a certain household appliance that shared a similar side profile.

Oldsmobile Toronado
The Toronado was a two-door coupe automobile produced by the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors from 1966 to 1992. The name has no meaning, and was originally invented for a 1963 Chevrolet show car. Conceived as Oldsmobile's full-size personal luxury car and competing directly with the Ford Thunderbird and Buick Riviera, the Toronado is historically significant as the first front-wheel drive automobile produced in the United States since the demise of the the Cord in 1937.The Toronado was structurally related to the 1966 Buick Riviera and the following year's Cadillac Eldorado, although each had quite different styling. The Toronado continued to share its E-body platform with the Riviera and Eldorado for most of its 28-year history.The original Toronado (image) began as a design painting by Oldsmobile stylist David North in 1962. His design, dubbed the "Flame Red Car," was for a compact sports/personal car, and never intended for production. A few weeks after the design was finished, however, Oldsmobile division was informed that it would be permitted to build a personal car in the Riviera/Thunderbird class for the 1966 model year, and North's design was selected. For production economy, the still-unnamed car was to share the so-called E-body shell with the redesigned 1966 Buick Riviera, which was substantially bigger than North had envisioned. Despite the efforts of Oldsmobile and General Motors styling chief Bill Mitchell to put the car on the smaller A-body intermediate, they were overruled for cost reasons.The second generation of 1971-1978 is mainly noted for the early use of two safety features that are now universal standards. This bodystyle featured the first standard installation of high-mounted auxiliary brake lights, although a somewhat similar feature had appeared briefly as an option on the Thunderbird in the late 1960s. Also, for 1974 through 1976 models, the Toronado was part of GM's first experimental production run of driver's-side airbags.The third generation (image) ran from 1979 through 1985. This was a seriously downsized model and carried V8 engines of 350 in³ (5.7 L) and later 307 in³ (5.0 L). More startlingly, a larger version of Buick's V6 was made available—252 in³ (4.1 L), up from 231 in³ (3.8 L), and also a diesel V8, converted from Olds' well-regarded gasoline-powered 350 in³ (5.7 L) V8. The V6 was not popular, though, and the diesel conversion acquired a terrible mechanical reputation, becoming a genuine black eye for Oldsmobile.The fourth and, as it proved, final generation (image) ran from 1986 to 1992. It was smaller, used a unibody construction, and was the first Toronado since 1969 to feature hidden headlights. V8s were gone, and the 231 in³ (3.8 L) 3800 V6 was the only powerplant. Along with the similarly shrunken Eldorado and Riviera, the car suffered a serious sales decline which would never be reversed. In 1987 Oldsmobile introduced a sportier model called the Troféo package, which had standard leather bucket seats, faux dual exhaust, agressive styling, and stiffer suspension. In 1988 the Troféo was no longer badged externally as a Toronado. The 1989 Troféo could be ordered with the Visual Information Center - a dash mounted touch-screen CRT that controlled the vehicle's thermostat and radio, and also supplied advanced instrumentation such as a trip computer. The VIC could also serve as the interface to an in-car hands-free cell phone. None of these features, though futuristic at the time, could save the Toronado from declining sales, and in 1990 the car had a total cosmetic facelift.For 1990, the Toronado and the Trofeo got all-new sheetmetal, which increased their length by about 1 foot. Through the 1990s, sales fell and the new exterior wasn't enough to save it. Although the Trofeo sold better than the Toronado, Oldsmobile eventually discontinued both models in 1992.

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