CUTLASS Here's a fun article for y'all.

69hurstolds

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Because they were great! And fairly reasonable in price. And GM had a better market share. Can't forget that little nugget. At the time, Japanese imports sucked. Absolutely SUCKED. Yeah, a few set up shop in Ohio, etc., but they already had the reputation of rust buckets. Little did the G-body buyer realize at the time, they too would fall prey to mother nature...

I think too, during those days, you could actually BUY a Cutlass base car with nothing on it if that's all you could afford, or spend to the moon on options/packages, etc., if your wallet could stand it. Meaning that they covered a wide spectrum of financial situations for people. Plus, being snazzy looking. :) Small enough to fit in any garage or parking space, and roomy enough for luggage and golf clubs and reasonable mileage and dependability. They fit a lot of situations for a "right-sized" car. Being that there were wagons and 4 doors as well as the sportier 2-doors, there was a seat for every azz and every size family without busting budgets.

Don't forget, they made a BUTT-TON of A/G-body cars from 78-88. Because people WANTED and could afford them.
 
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81cutlass

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I kinda laugh at Jalopnik articles from time to time. The authors are historically biased against domestic vehicles.

The author is pretty skeptical of G bodies in this case.

And then you read the comments and a vast majority basically say they were popular because they were better than everything else.
 
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ck80

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I read the article a couple days ago and stopped taking it seriously when he cherry picked a tan interior car, probably the lowest production color made aside from green and still maybe then, to describe sarcastically why someone would want one.
 

69hurstolds

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I didn't read it. I already lived it. The last thing I need is to listen to some punk azz "kid" who was what, was just getting his driver's license when I bought my last new 442?

Suck it, Jalopnik.
 
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pagrunt

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Question, if the writer grew up around them why does he call the 2 doors a "coupé" imstead of a "coupe"? I'm guessing he's not from North America.
 
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Mac442

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I didn't read it. I already lived it. The last thing I need is to listen to some punk azz "kid" who was what, was just getting his driver's license when I bought my last new 442?

Suck it, Jalopnik.
This! The author comes off as a ignorant…obviously didn’t live through the 80s…
 

ELCAM

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I think one of the things that folks like this guy don't know about these cars was the A/C. GM cars had the best A/C of all the cars built at the time.
 

Wageslave

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Because they were great! And fairly reasonable in price. And GM had a better market share. Can't forget that little nugget. At the time, Japanese imports sucked. Absolutely SUCKED. Yeah, a few set up shop in Ohio, etc., but they already had the reputation of rust buckets. Little did the G-body buyer realize at the time, they too would fall prey to mother nature...

I think too, during those days, you could actually BUY a Cutlass base car with nothing on it if that's all you could afford, or spend to the moon on options/packages, etc., if your wallet could stand it. Meaning that they covered a wide spectrum of financial situations for people. Plus, being snazzy looking. :) Small enough to fit in any garage or parking space, and roomy enough for luggage and golf clubs and reasonable mileage and dependability. They fit a lot of situations for a "right-sized" car. Being that there were wagons and 4 doors as well as the sportier 2-doors, there was a seat for every azz and every size family without busting budgets.

Don't forget, they made a BUTT-TON of A/G-body cars from 78-88. Because people WANTED and could afford them.
Lets not forget the domestic alternatives to a G-Body:

The Dodge Diplomat/Chrysler 5th Avenue - I have personally owned one and my Pontiac feels top of the line in comparison. Mine came with a digital AM-only radio and the lean burn system.

The Ford LTD 2/Grenada/Mercury Monarch - Jesus, these are the ugliest cars ever. It's like they hired all the styling team from AMC and beat them until they made their magnum opus of ugly.

A Cutlass is downright swanky in comparison.
 
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