Whatyrwas the cutlass calais manfufactured,and was there ever a stands hift trans in any olds cutlass calais??
Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais were made from1978-1991, and yes there were manual trans as well as automatic trans.
Here's some History on the Cutlass Calais.
March 1982 to replace
Starfire, Lansing's version of the front-drive 101.2-inch-wheelbase
corporate J-body subcompact failed to attract more than about 45,000
customers in most years -- except for 1984, when it garnered a
creditable 82,500 -- even though Olds tried most everything it could
think of to sell it.
1988 the Firenza
had offered all the J body styles, sporty GT and SX variants,
overhead-valve and overhead-cam fours, optional V-6, and a confusing
procession of price-leader and luxury models. But nothing seemed to
work, and Olds gave up after '88. Firenza was no great loss, though, because 1985 brought a more-sale-able small Olds in the N-body Calais,
called Cutlass Calais after 1988. Sized between Firenza and Omega on a
103.4-inch wheelbase, it bowed as a rounded, short-deck coupe in two
versions: base and -- just to confuse things -- Supreme. Four-door
sedans were added for 1986.
was a lot of J-car engineering under the "modern formal" styling, and
initial engine choices were the Ciera's familiar Pontiac-built four and
3.0-liter Buick V-6. Even so, customers generally liked this new bottle
of old wine, snapping up 100,000-plus in the first year and better than
150,000 of the '86s -- about midway between the similar Pontiac Grand
Am and Buick Skylark/Somerset.
For 1988, Calais
coupes and sedans grouped into base, luxury SL, and sporty
International Series (the last replacing a GT package option), but the
big news was the first twin cam, 16-valve four-cylinder engine in
American production, the Quad-4. Designed and built by Olds and offered
as an across-the-board Calais option, it delivered 150 rather rough and noisy horses, but was claimed capable of much more.
proved it by adding a tuned 180-bhp version for 1989. A more-useful
option that year was a new 3.3-liter derivative of the 173-cid
Chevrolet-sourced V-6. Replacing the Buick-built 3.0, it also produced
160 bhp -- and more torque than even the "High Output" Quad-4. To fill
in for the departed Firenza, prosaically named Value Leader Calais
models appeared for '89 with less standard equipment and restricted
options but lower prices.
Enthusiasts surely shuddered when the 442 returned (sans hyphens) as a performance option for the base 1990 Calais coupe. Olds said the name now designated "Quad-4, 4 valves per cylinder and 2 camshafts."
in the $1667 package were the 180-horse Quad-4, five-speed manual
transaxle, a specific version of Oldsmobile's FE3 sport suspension,
meaty 215/60R14 performance tires on alloy wheels, full
instrumentation, a cute rear-deck spoiler, and bold "442" exterior I.D.
"Buff books" gave this latest 442 a lot of ink, but customers mostly
gave it the cold shoulder.
a hallowed name on an honestly speedy little car couldn't convince many
that Olds still specialized in high performance the way it had in the
'50s and '60s.
Jan 01, 2009 |
1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais