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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Been passing by this car, parked in a North Tonawanda driveway, for months now. Maybe years. And I always assumed it was a Pontiac 2000 from the early 1980s. Wrong. It’s a 1987 Oldsmobile Firenza GT. Maybe this was a big part of GM’s problem in the 1980s (and beyond) — giving little-disguised versions of every car to almost every division, which basically meant they were competing against themselves. And you can see the quality here, and how well this GT aged. Yikes! A blow-up poster of today’s Pic car should be on the wall of every GM styling studio as a reminder. I’ll say one thing for this dull black hatchback though. It’s rarer than rare. Only 783 of them were produced. And yet, it’s probably not worth what it would cost to restore it. Too bad. As you can see below, it did look better with paint, and with all the parts attached.

...from an ad

…from an ad

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • MaxPlanck

    Looking at this forlorn machine, I was reminded of Dan Aykroyd’s SNL character, Leonard Pinth-Garnell, who as a highbrow critic, spoofed stage productions on his show, “Bad Theatre.” The Firenza GT was a “bad” attempt to replicate the Honda Accord of the period. Good thing GM wised up and pulled the plug after cranking out 783 of them.

    • jim corbran

      This car makes the case for not using so much plastic where it can be seen 25 years later.

  • http://www.buffalopundit.com/ Alan Bedenko

    Still using sealed beams in 1987?