The Cutlass name was applied to so many different Oldsmobiles that you could put together an all-day Cutlass Badging Trivia Challenge and have no shortage of material. By the middle-to-late 1980s, Cutlass had become something of a sub-marque for Oldsmobile, with the Cutlass Ciera, Cutlass Calais, and Cutlass Supreme on different platforms and causing madness in subsequent generations of parts-counter guys. The Ciera (generally spelled “Sierra” by most owners, because what the hell is a Ciera?) achieved its greatest fame as the car driven by various bad guys in the excruciatingly Minnesotan film “Fargo.”
Here’s a Cutlass Ciera — a Brougham, no less — that I spotted in Denver last week.
The Ciera in the movie was an ’87 sedan in Burnt Umber paint and Olds dealer Jerry Lundegaard never mentions a Brougham package, so today’s white ’86 isn’t exactly the same as the movie car, though I’d say it’s close enough.
The 1980s were fat years for American velour manufacturers.
There’s no point in photographing the odometer in this car, because GM was still using five-digit units at this point. However, the brightly-colored tachometer with the Oldsmobile rocket emblem and chugging 5,550 rpm redline has a lot of interesting design elements.
Under the hood of the Olds is the same 2.8-liter pushrod 60° V6 used in such machines as the Chevy Citation, GMC Sonoma, and Pontiac Fiero. Sadly, the Isuzu Hombre never got the 2.8.
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[Images: © 2016 Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars | Image Source: “Fargo”/PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films]