Oldsmobile Calais

The Oldsmobile Calais, also known as the Cutlass Calais in 1988, was a compact car manufactured by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors from 1985 until 1991. It was projected as a replacement for the Omega in the Oldsmobile menu of cars. It shared the GM N platform with the Pontiac Grand Am and the Buick Skylark and was later replaced by the Oldsmobile Achieva in 1992. During this time though, Oldsmobile also produced two other Cutlass models, the first being the Cutlass Ciera and the second being the Cutlass Supreme. Both of these models though were each on their own platforms. To much excitement for the company, the 1985 Calais was chosen to be the Indianapolis 500 Pace car for that year. Previously in the history of the brand, the Cutlass Calais name was used on the top-line versions of the Cutlass Supreme coupe. Further, there was also a Cadillac Calais model, which was sold from 1965 to 1976. Later, a special Cutlass Calais model was released in 1990 and made available until 1991 as the Quad-442. It used a high-output version of the Quad-4 engine in combination with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Calais was in fact just a slightly more expensive and equally equipped DeVille. The primary differences though between the Calais and the Deville were trim levels and standard equipment that were included. While the Deville contained amenities such as power windows and 2-way power seats, hand-cranked windows were standard on the Calais. Leather seating areas and vinyl roof trim were available on the Deville, but not on the Calais. Another item not offered on the Calais was the Cadillac-exclusive paint. However, they were very alike in that the Oldsmobile model shared the GM C platform with the Cadillac. Cadillac, which was always General Motors' technology leader, offered all of their famous optional equipment thus making it much more desirable.