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Oldsmobile: 0-60 & 1/4 Mile Times
|Year||Make||Model||Sub-Model||0-60 Time||1/4 Mile||Model Years|
|1991||Oldsmobile||Cutlass Calais||442 W41||7.0||14.7||1985-1991|
An innovative car company, Oldsmobile was responsible for a number of firsts, before and after its acquisition by General Motors. The first mass-produced car on an assembly line (often mistaken as a Ford first), this invention spurred the sale to GM in 1908. The first fully automatic transmission also came in an Oldsmobile, bringing to market the Hydramatic transmission in 1940. The brand’s most iconic invention for the performance market though, was the introduction of the “Rocket” V8. Unlike the flathead contemporaries of the time, the “rocket” used an overhead valve design, giving Oldsmobile some of the fastest cars on the 1950’s. The 1960’s saw a continuation of this performance innovation, with the first turbocharged engine in the 1960 Turbo Jetfire and the first front-wheel drive car in the 1966 Toronado. Most iconic off all its offering though is the 442, so named for its 4-barrel carb, 4-speed manual trans, and dual exhaust.
Oldsmobile rode the success of the 50’s & 60’s into record sales during the 70’s and early 80’s. By the mid 1980’s though many of the division specific engines had been replaced by Chevy powerplants, and many of the signature cars where replaced by rebadged models from other GM divisions. While this dilution did receive a slight reprieve in the mid-1990’s with the Aurora and Oldsmobile specific engines derived from the Cadillac “Northstar” architecture, the damage had already been done. Oldsmobile’s performance legacy can still be enjoyed though through its fine assortment of sports and muscle cars that are still on the road.