Curbside Outtake: 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera – Does It Get The Cutlass Love Too?

The 1985 Cutlass Supreme coupe that I posted last weekend got lots of love. Oodles and oodles of it, as it became our highest viewed post of the week. So how much love are you going to muster for its stablemate, this 1985 Cutlass Ciera four door sedan? It shares the vaunted Cutlass name, but other than that, not so much. But surely that’s not an obstacle standing in the way of your supreme affection?

Actually, they did share two of their engines; the 231 CID/3.8L V6 and the much-lamented 262 CID/4.3 L diesel V6. Now that would be a find.

They most certainly didn’t share much else, except undoubtedly a number of interior bits and pieces perhaps, like switch gear and such. Maybe there was more; someone will know. But obviously the Ciera was FWD, sitting on a direct development of the X-Body platform with 104.9″ of wheelbase.

The result was a quite roomy vehicle, thanks to the most space-efficient design GM had ever made to date, and comparable in that regard to the state of the art in Europe too. No wonder these became so popular, especially with the rental fleets.

The rear seat accommodations were quite decent too, but the leg room looks a bit exaggerated thanks to GM’s commonly-used sleight of hand method of a rather short lower cushion.  But no one was likely to complain, considering how cramped the back seat of the significantly larger GM RWD X-Body compacts like the Nova had been.

This is one of the earlier sealed beam headlight versions. They’re getting a wee bit scarce these days.

So come on; let’s not let our PLC/RWD bias show too much. Bring on the love; you know you have it, somewhere.