Oldsmobile is a brand of automobile produced mostly by General Motors. It was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897, in its 107 years history; it produced 35.2 million cars, including at least 14 million built at its Lansing, Michigan factory. Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automobile marque, and one of the oldest in the world, after Daimler and Peugeot. Officially, the cars were called "Olds automobiles," colloquially referred to as "Oldsmobiles". It was this moniker, as applied especially to the Curved Dash Olds, which was popularized in the lyrics and title of the 1905 hit song "In My Merry Oldsmobile". The 1910 Limited Touring was a high point for the company. Riding atop 42-inch wheels, and equipped with factory "white" tires, the Limited was the prestige model in Oldsmobile's two models line-up. The Limited retailed for US$4,600, an amount greater than the purchase of a new, no-frills three bedroom house. In the 1930s through the 1990s, Oldsmobile used a two digit model designation. Body sizes were 6, 7, 8, and 9, and 6 and 8 cylinder engines were offered. Thus, Oldsmobiles were named 66 through 98. In 1937, Oldsmobile was a pioneer in introducing a four-speed semi-automatic transmission called the "Automatic Safety Transmission", although this accessory was actually built by Buick, which would offer it in its own cars in 1938. This transmission featured a conventional clutch pedal. Notable models Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (1967-1997) - more performance and luxury than the lower priced Cutlass and Cutlass S models, fitting at the lower end of the personal luxury car market. Models were similar to the Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and Buick Regal. Oldsmobile 98 - Oldsmobile full-sized luxury sedan that was downsized in 1977 and 1985, became front wheel drive in 1985. Oldsmobile Toronado (1966-1992) - personal luxury coupe, major redesign downsized the car in 1986, Motor Trend Car of the Year in '66. Oldsmobile Omega (1973-1984) - compact car based on the Chevrolet Nova and later the Chevrolet Citation. Oldsmobile Calais, or Cutlass Calais (1985-1991) - popular compact coupe or sedan on GM's "N-body" platform, similar to the Pontiac Grand Am. The series' name was taken from what was formerly the high-end option package for Cutlass Supreme models. Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera (1982-1996) - popular selling upscale mid-sized car based on GM's A platform. Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser (1971-1992) -full-size station wagon. Oldsmobile Starfire (1975-1981) - sporty compact car similar to the Chevrolet Monza, which was itself a spinoff of the Chevrolet Vega. Oldsmobile Firenza (1982-1988) - compact sedan, hatchback, coupe, and station wagon based on GM's J-body, sharing the same bodyshell with the Chevrolet Cavalier, Pontiac Sunbird, Buick Skyhawk, and Cadillac Cimarron. After the tremendous success of the early 1980s, things changed for Oldsmobile. Oldsmobile's signature cars gave way to rebadged models of other GM cars, and GM shifted the performance mantle to Chevrolet and Pontiac. GM continued to use Oldsmobile sporadically to showcase futuristic designs and as a "guinea pig" for testing new technology, with Oldsmobile offering the Toronado Trofeo, which included a visual instrument system with a calendar, date book, and climate controls. For 1995, Oldsmobile introduced the Aurora and was used to reposition Oldsmobile as an upscale import fighter.
Redesigned & new models introduced from 1990-2004
Oldsmobile Achieva (1992-1998) - compact sedan & coupe
Oldsmobile Alero (1999-2004) - compact sport sedan & coupe
Oldsmobile Aurora (1995-2003) - full-size luxury/performance sedan (redesigned for 2001)
Oldsmobile Bravada (1991-2004) - mid-size premium SUV (redesigned for 1996 and 2002)
Oldsmobile Cutlass (1997-1999) - mid-size sedan
Oldsmobile Eighty Eight (1949-1999) - full-size premium sedan (redesigned for 1992)
Oldsmobile Intrigue (1998-2002) - mid-size luxury/sport sedan
Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight (1941-1996) - full-size luxury sedan (redesigned for 1991)
Oldsmobile Silhouette (1990-2004) - premium minivan (redesigned for 1997)
Mid-2001: The 2002 Bravada, the company's last new model, hits Oldsmobile showrooms.
June 2002: Production ends for Intrigue and the Aurora V6 sedans.
May 2003: Aurora V8 sedan production ends.
January 2004: Bravada SUV production ends.
March 2004: Silhouette minivan production ends.
April 2004: Alero compact car production ends.
Circa 1980s LogoOldsmobile Curved Dash (1901-1907)
Oldsmobile Limited Touring
Oldsmobile 66 (1940s)
Oldsmobile 88 (1949-1999)
Oldsmobile 98 (1941-1996)
Oldsmobile Series 60 (1939-1948)
Oldsmobile Series 70 (1946-1950)
Oldsmobile Series 90 (1941-1996)
Oldsmobile 442 (1968-1971)
Oldsmobile Cutlass (1964-1999)
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (1970-1997)
Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon
Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais (1985-1991)
Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera (1982-1996)
Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser (1971-1992)
Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser (1964-1977)
Oldsmobile F-85 (1961-1963)
Oldsmobile Toronado (1966-1992)
Oldsmobile Starfire (1975-1980)
Oldsmobile Firenza (1982-1988)
Oldsmobile Aerotech (1987-1992)
Oldsmobile Achieva (1992-1998)
Oldsmobile Alero (1999-2004)
Oldsmobile Aurora (1995-2003)
Oldsmobile Bravada (1991-2004)
Oldsmobile Intrigue (1998-2002)
Oldsmobile Silhouette (1990-2004)
The final production day for Oldsmobile was April 29, 2004. The division's last car built was an Alero GLS 4-door sedan, which was signed by all of the Olds assembly line workers. It is on display at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum located in Lansing, Michigan.