1992-1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

In the ’80s and the ’90s, GM tried to turn its heavyweight cash reserves into stunning, blow-the-competition-away technomasterpieces. The cars would look like the future inside and out and they’d be cheap to build, assembled by robots on the factory lines. It didn’t work out and GM bankrupted itself, blaming healthcare, government regulation, everything but cheap, undesirable products. 

 

This Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme promises big with the streamlined, jarring, styling, but it could never deliver. There’s a flimsy black plastic cavern hidden under all the windows, and a rough, old engine under the hood.

  But look at that color! There’s nothing on the body to take away from how red it is, redder than any other car in the neighborhood. It must’ve gleamed at the dealership like ruby lips.

It’s so red, and it looks so different than anything else on the road. If only it wasn’t so terrible.

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4 Responses to 1992-1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

  1. I have never had a Cutlass, but did have an Alero as my first car in high school and had really good luck with it. As far as the Cutlass is concerned, you’re right it is a nice color. 😉

  2. Ben Orlove says:

    That first photo really introduces the car well. Its shiny red surfaces are set off so well by the two blue awnings, the bent lines of the branches, and the flatness of the darker and less smooth but also red brick wall. And then the red gleaming smoothness of each surface in the subsequent images pops out.

  3. nice! but i am more interested in the mark 3 cressida lurking in the background in the first photo.

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