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Pick of the Day: 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, remarkably preserved

Driven fewer than 14,000 miles by its elderly former owner, the Olds is showroom fresh


With the squared-off aerodynamics of a refrigerator and exclusivity to match, GM’s “A-Body” midsize sedans didn’t do much to excite the soul, but they become staples of many American driveways during the 1980s. 

The Buick Century, Chevrolet Celebrity, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, and Pontiac 6000 were badge-engineered quadruplets that sold by the hundreds of thousands during that era.  Few, however, were ever seen as collectible cars, and the vast majority were disposed of after serving their useful lives.


The Pick of the Day is a time-capsule 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 4-door sedan that is not only still roadworthy after 31 years, but it somehow has accumulated only 13,892 miles on its 6-digit odometer. And it looks it.

“Just purchased it from the 94-year-old owner, this car is perfect in every way,” according to the private seller in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, advertising the Oldsmobile on ClassicCars.com. “Not a ding or mark on the exterior anywhere, and not a blemish on the interior.”


The photo gallery of nearly 50 images illustrates that this midsize Oldsmobile was incredibly well-preserved.  Its white-on-blue color combination is about as Plain Jane as they come, but this car has a seating arrangement worth recognizing:  The front split-bench has 3 seatbelts, meaning this car could haul six people in relative comfort.  Center consoles and bucket seats have made configurations like this extinct. 

General Motors’ A-platform was used for a 15-year span between model years 1982 and 1996 with relatively few changes, and most models could be ordered as a coupe, a sedan or station wagon.  All were front-wheel drive, and 5 different engine types were made available over that decade and a half. 

oldsmobile, Pick of the Day: 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, remarkably preserved, ClassicCars.com Journal

This Oldsmobile is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 that pushes out a respectable 160 horsepower, delivering power via a column-shifted 3-speed automatic. The engine bay looks nicely detailed, too.

The seller adds that the Oldsmobile has been sorted mechanically, which is good because it could have spent a good length of time in storage. 

“The car just had a tune-up and a new battery installed,” the seller said.  “It has the 3300 V6 motor and it runs and drives great.  

oldsmobile, Pick of the Day: 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, remarkably preserved, ClassicCars.com Journal

“Might be the nicest four-door Oldsmobile of the early ‘90s left.”

The seller is asking $11,900, which seems like a small price to pay for having the only 4-door Oldsmobile Ciera on the show field at the local concours.

To view this listing on ClassicCar.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.


  1. Nice looking sedan…basically the same car as the Buick Century… I owned a 1991 Buick Century sedan which was a areal nice car and rode beautifully…that particular year…the cars were getting broken into for their computers that are located just behind the glove compartment…It was done to me…So…both nice cars just a different front and back…Very reliable car…and a lot of power for that car and that year…A very simple form of transportation without any real frills to go wrong…Thanks for posting…

  2. I owned the same car (Red in colour). Also owned an ’86 Celebrity wagon. Both were reliable workhorses and were driven well into the 300,000 km range before retiring. The only problem with both cars were the rear brakes. They would easily lock up on wet roads which was a definite safety issue. Anti-lock brakes would have helped.

  3. My 1987 Cutlass Cierra 4 door GT 3.8 with FE3 suspension was one of the best cars I ever owned. Full gauge dash was super cool too.
    These cars are a great size. One of GM’s best products.

  4. This gives new meaning to an ugly 4 door. Worthless ugly 4 door is appropriate. Only another 94 year old man would consider frittering $12,000 away on this.

    My 1991 Corvtte Convertible had 32,000 miles on and I paid $9300 a year ago. I know there are other phenomenal cars at the same price as this 4 door piece of unbeleivable ugly and crappy everything.

    The interior even my Grandmother would disapprove of- All that cruddy plastic. What is the bench seat covered in?

    No sane person would buy this.

  5. KemoSabe. – you da man! No truer words have been spoken. Take this car down to the retirement facilities in Florida & see how many retirees want to get fleeced for 12K!


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