Oldsmobile F-88 and Cutlass 442 Are an Odd Pair Indeed, Even Across Imagination Land

Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 & F-88 rendering by jlord8 6 photos
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Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 & F-88 rendering by jlord8Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 & F-88 rendering by jlord8Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 & F-88 rendering by jlord8Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 & F-88 rendering by jlord8Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 & F-88 rendering by jlord8
Unfortunately, a lot of automotive brands are not with us anymore. Some are quickly forgotten, while others linger for a long time, even after they were dissolved quite a long time ago. If you want an example, let's talk about Oldsmobile for a minute or two.
Formerly a division of General Motors, Oldsmobile was established in August 1897, some 126 years ago, by Ransom E. Olds and quickly became the best-selling car company around 1903 or 1904, also credited with its Oldsmobile Model R "Curved Dash" being the first automobile in mass production, as the vehicle was made on the first automotive assembly line. This was the stationary version, as opposed to Ford's moving one, by the way.

General Motors acquired the company in late 1908, and its history has become intertwined with the parent ever since – including its demise in 2004 after GM announced plans to shut down the brand as early as late 2000, despite its critical success since the 1990s. The final new model was the Bravada SUV, the only such automobile sold by Oldsmobile and the first one delivered by GM outside of Chevrolet or GMC since 1924!

Well, the heritage of Oldsmobile wasn't enough to save it from the axe back in the day, but it turns out that people haven't forgotten its exploits – including across the imaginative realm of digital car content creators. More precisely, Jim, the virtual artist known as jlord8 on social media, loves messing around with all things CGI from GM and Ford, and sometimes things get quirky real fast.

For example, he recently showed us 'normal' stuff like a modern Chevy Silverado 454 SS battling with the reborn Ford F-150 Lightning ICE or stuff like a contemporary Lincoln Town Car and retro-styled Chevy Monte Carlo SS. But now he's aiming for divisive styling by bringing back the Oldsmobile F-88 dream car produced in 1954 and based on the C1 Chevrolet Corvette, plus a modern take on the Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 based on the newly defunct sixth-generation Chevy Camaro.

While the former was just a one-off (the second car was reportedly forever lost in a fire a long time ago) which now resides at the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, this modern and ultra-quirky interpretation has the potential to reach series production as it's again fashioned around 'America's sports car.' This time around, the mid-engine C8 served as the base with modified front and rear plus Olds-styled alloy wheels.

Secondly, the revived Cutlass 442 feels a lot more reasonable because it just takes the styling of the G-body Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme from the mid-1980s and adapts it to the slightly more contemporary allure of the Camaro. The result is a nice call-back to the era, complete with those shiny and chromed alloys. So, would you take any of them home with you?

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About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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