Are you saying it’s just a used car? Maybe, but it’s an old car with a long window.
This 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser station wagon is a perfect example of GM’s once-famous A-body car.
• Its subtle mediocrity prevented us from watching as we scrolled through the list of supercars and other ultra-priced exotics.
• This premium original wagon is currently up for sale on Bring a Trailer and the auction ends on April 7.
UPDATE: The Cutlass Cruiser costs $7285.
In the 1980s and into the 1990s, GM marketed hundreds of thousands of copies of the two-door and four-door front-wheel-drive A-body series and gas wagons — sold with various names chevrolet celebrity, Pontiac 6000, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, and Buick Century. Most have long been crushed into a cube, but the popularity of later models with high-end models (especially the Buick and Oldsmobile versions), means you occasionally encounter a well-preserved, low-mile example. That seems to be exactly what we have here in this old 1994 glass-cut cruiser that has appeared on the auction site Carry a trailer — which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos — and we can’t help but delay it.
The cruiser Cutlass traveled 54,000 miles. Accompanying documents show that it was sold new in San Francisco and that it appears to be an old California car. It’s important that the sales agent has included paint watch indicators, so you know that the Light Adriatic Blue paint is original, as sprayed by the best type of UAW.
The interior perfectly matches the unique expressive color. With detachable front seats and rear-facing third seats (!), this wagon had seats for eight people (fewer people at the time). It is well equipped for the times, with electric tuning windows, electric door locks, air conditioning and tilt steering wheel. The display for Delco AM/FM stereos has had better days, so you can just play your mixing tape.
The 3.1-liter GM L82 V-6 company sits horizontally beneath the hood and produces 160 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of anger, which is transmitted to the front wheel via a four-speed automatic transmission that switches in the form of columns with a super-speed steering system. Impressively, the car surpassed California’s emissions. It also benefits from relatively recent new valve cap pads and a new serpentine belt and tension kit. According to the commenters, the new owner may want to pre-replace the loading pipe pads.
That’s when Oldsmobile, desperate to shake off his old image, ran a “Not Your Dad’s Old Car” ad campaign. Even then, A-body Cutlass – which has existed in galleries for more than a decade – is precisely the model that destroyed the attempt to overhaul the image. If you’re of a certain age, it could be your father’s Oldsmobile. In my case, it was my father-in-law’s, and he swore by his “old sports wagon” — he had two — until he finally had to switch to a Silho pickup truck.