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.
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.
“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.