Cohort Outtake: 1984 Oldsmobile Omega – Culture Clash


When this car was new, it already represented somewhat of a culture clash, mixing traditional, soggy suspension tuning and Brougham aesthetics with then-exotic transverse front-drive and a unit body (just like a Fiat 128, Ethel).  That’s not particularly new information, but this example, with driving lights and a ski-rack really drives the point home.  Isn’t this how one would expect to see a Jetta dressed up?


As with other X-bodies, there was a “sporty” version, available with a high-output 2.8 liter V6 (in the Omega’s case, called ES 2800). With its black-out trim, it would make a better match (maybe) for the bike rack and driving lights; Olds even tried to make it very clear with this ad.  See?  It’s the cyclist’s Omega.   Anyone who finds one of these now very uncommon cars is urged to snap some pictures and post them to the cohort.


In the meantime, let’s just imagine what this little oxblood Olds would look like after a clay bar treatment and some polishing.  Even in British Columbia, there can’t be too many of these around, and now that they’ve recently ended their emissions testing scheme (which expires after this year), we can only hope its owner keeps it around for days when his or her active lifestyle is too exhausting to sustain.

Related: 1981 Oldsmobile Omega – X Marks The Spot