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Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais

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A car produced by Oldsmobile from 1984-1987. The "Cutlass" part of the name was dropped for the 1988 model year and it continued as the Oldsmobile Calais until 1991, it was replaced by the Oldsmobile Achieva for the 1992 model year.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais page on 28 January 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Oldsmobile Calais, renamed the Cutlass Calais for 1988, and briefly available in 1987 as the limited edition GMO Quad 4, is a compact car that was produced by Oldsmobile from 1985 through 1991. In part, it was intended to replace the Omega in Oldsmobile's lineup. It shared the GM N platform with the Pontiac Grand Am and the Buick Skylark/Buick Somerset and was replaced by the Oldsmobile Achieva in 1992. During this time, Oldsmobile also produced two other Oldsmobile Cutlass models, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera and Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, each on its own platform. The 1985 Calais, named for Calais, France, was chosen to be the Indianapolis 500 Pace car that year; it was driven by actor James Garner.

The first production model (VIN 1G3NT27UXFM200001), was a white Calais Supreme two-door with a gray velour interior. Equipped with an automatic transmission and the 92 horsepower, 151 CID pushrod four-cylinder engine (also known as GM's "Iron Duke" Tech-IV), this particular model was outfitted with nearly every available option, including wire wheel covers. While this front-wheel drive car is maintained by the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan, it is just one of the more than 700 vehicles that make up the GM Heritage Collection of historically significant vehicles that date back to the early 1900s. The Calais Supreme was auctioned in April, 2009, and sold for $6,820.


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1986 Book1986 Oldsmobile: Firenza · Calais · Cutlass Ciera · Delta 88 · Ninety Eight Chassis Service Manual; General Motors Corporation
1992 BookChilton's Repair Manual: Calais/Grand Am/Skylark/Somerset 1985-1992; Chilton Book Company
2000 BookGeneral Motors Buick Skylark, Buick Somerset, Oldsmobile Achieva, Oldsmobile Calais, Pontiac Grand Am Haynes Repair Manual by Richard Lindwall & John H. Haynes; Haynes Publishing Group


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