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You’d be hard-pressed to identify this Aurora (c.1995-99) as an Oldsmobile by looking at it, but an Olds it was, even though there were no Oldsmobile badges to be found anywhere on the outside. The Lansing firm was falling — no, crashing on hard times by the mid-1990s, and the hope was that a new premium sedan would inject some badly needed prestige (not to mention, sales) into the once best-selling marque. Perhaps the Aurora tried too hard. Its looks were at best polarizing, and that’s a compliment. A second generation Aurora came in 2001 (Olds skipped MY 2000 for the Aurora — never a good sign), with more traditional styling, but it was way too late. General Motors had already announced in December 2000 that the Olds line would be phased-out by the end of MY 2004. This white sedan was seen in a Niagara Falls driveway over the summer, an “outa-state” car being offered for sale.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know (jim@artvoice.com)

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from a more optimistic day, for sure