Old school is cool and Oldsmobile cars can attest to that. The company is now defunct but left a selection of classic cars they produced for more than a century. Gone but not forgotten, this American brand is a big part of automobile history, and it gifted the world with classic vehicles. It was acquired by General Motors in 1908 and was the first to manufacture fully automatic transmissions under the name Hydramatic. Talk about trailblazing! Though a pioneer in the industry, Olds wasn’t able to catch up with its counterparts especially when the market was flooded by imports in the ‘90s.
It was the end of an era when Oldsmobile rolled off its assembly line in 2004. Here are some of the fastest cars made by the company, many of which you'll now only find in museums or throwback photos.
10 1997 Cutlass Supreme
This traditional sedan looks simple and that’s where the allure lies. Its V6 engine can deliver 215 hp and can go from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. It has lots of standard equipment so driving it is straightforward and hassle-free.
It has a sporty look complemented by a twin-cam engine, making it a reliable midsize car. Its dashboard has an effortless layout and the interiors are ergonomic, just like other Olds vehicles. It was the last of the Cutlass family and it made sure to leave a mark.
9 1995 Aurora
During its launch in 1994, the Aurora was loaded with the best GM technology in an effort to revive the struggling Oldsmobile. It remained under production until 2003, making it one of the last nameplates of the company before it ceased operations.
Based on the company’s Tube Car concept, the Aurora’s design became the standard for its successors like the Alero, Bravada, and Eighty-Eight. Fitted by a V8, it can go from 0-60 mph in 8.3 seconds. This luxury car was commended for its engine, quality, and construction.
8 2002 Bravada
The Bravada was the only SUV manufactured by Oldsmobile. This all-wheel drive SUV can go from 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds and is considered one of the manufacturer’s best products.
The Bravada offers a dynamic driving experience, made possible by its improved handling and 270 hp. With its power, the Bravada was a testament to Oldsmobile's quality brands. Bravo, indeed.
7 1999 Alero GLS Coupe
The Alero was the last model built by Oldsmobile. As the brand’s “farewell” piece, this coupe is well-equipped and has the ergonomic interior, which is usual in most Olds cars. It can kick off 150 hp and can go from 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
This solid car is loaded with a twin-cam engine that helps in delivering a smooth driving experience. Add that to good handling properties and balanced braking, the Alero made sure to satisfy as an Olds masterpiece.
6 1998 Intrigue GL
The Intrigue was the successor of the Cutlass Supreme but was inspired by the Aurora. The GL can go from 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds. Some of its features include a power-adjustable driver's seat and a 6-speaker audio system.
The powerful V6 adds to the Intrigue's superb transmission shifting and solid handling. The interior is not to be missed, as well, because it's functionally designed and exudes comfort. Intrigues are nice, too, as far as Oldsmobile is concerned.
5 1966 Toronado
The Toronado made history as the first production car in the United States with front-wheel drive, following the steps of Cord, which closed shop in 1937. It’s a rebirth of some sort and got even better with the speed.
With 385 hp, it was an extremely powerful car for its time. The 4,500-lb weight was not a bother at all as this award-winning car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds plus great handling to boot. The Toronado is an absolute unit that keeps on giving.
4 2001 Aurora 3.5
Sporting a V6, this second-generation Aurora can start from 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds. The 3.5 has a smaller engine, but it performs well and combined with light steering, the driving experience is refined.
This agile sedan is a perfect combo of luxury and comfort. The performance is commendable, especially for its $30,000 price tag back then. With 215 hp and calming interiors, it knows what it's doing: satisfaction and splendor.
3 1992 Achieva SCX W41
This '90s vehicle was considered then as Oldsmobile’s highest output compact model. It has an aerodynamic design and can go from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds.
The SCX is the most competitive among the series and has a powertrain of 190 hp, the highest for any of GM's NA four-cylinder engines back then. Though short-lived, the Achieva gave its all. An achiever albeit humble.
2 1994 88 LSS
LSS stands for ‘luxury sports sedan,’ an Oldsmobile offering fitted with a supercharged V6. It can zoom from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds. Nice.
It is an ideal family car, thanks to its convenient features like power windows. It's comfortable to ride, too, because of its temperature control system that has individual settings for each side of the vehicle. Commanding this sedan is superb because of its smooth shifting and impressive power.
1 1969 Oldsmobile 442
The 442 was Oldsmobile’s fastest offering, darting from 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. This muscle car can give as much as 390 hp, making it one of the leading in the industry during its time.
This legendary car was at its peak in 1969, receiving praises for its incredible handling. It might not be the best muscle car but it was popular and that’s enough to seal its name as an iconic companion on the road. The 442 is for keeps.