5 Coolest Oldsmobile Cars We’d Buy Over A Plymouth Any Day (And 5 Pontiacs)

Being some of the coolest discontinued cars in America, Plymouths are still popular among collectors and enthusiasts. However, auctions have driven the prices of some Plymouth cars far beyond what they are worth, and the hype has caused car fans to lose sight of the true numbers behind some of these cars. But while Plymouth remains famous for its incredible muscle cars such as the Road Runner and Hemi Cuda, classics from Pontiac and Oldsmobile are mostly relegated to history books.

For knowledgeable enthusiasts, this is not necessarily a bad thing, since many of these brands’ greatest models can now be found at bargain prices. To illustrate our point, here are five incredible Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs that could take on any Plymouth that dared to rival them, which still offer good value for your dollar.

10 Olds: 1987 Cutlass Supreme 442

The 1987 Cutlass Supreme 442 was a sharp cruiser. Equipped with a 307 cubic-inch V8 and a 4-speed automatic. On the outside, the Olds rocked black or gray paint and gold accents, alongside ’60s-style rally wheels.

The recent shift towards ’80s cars has caused a skyrocket in prices though, so now is the time to act. The only comparable Plymouth offerings of the time came equipped with front-wheel drive and an inline-four…yuck. The only question to ask now is what hair metal band will you listen to when you cruise down the main street in your 87 Olds?

Related: This Is How Much A 1979 Oldsmobile 442 Costs Today

9 Pontiac: 1986 Grand Prix 2+2

The 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 was a NASCAR fan’s dream. The fastback roof and aero package made the road-going Grand Prix look similar to the car that Richard Petty and Rusty Wallace drove during the Winston Cup Series. Underpowered by modern standards, the 305 made just 165 hp.

Pontiac was a dominant force in NASCAR in the 1980s, whereas Plymouth was not even competing. The only V8-powered car they sold in the mid-80s was the Plymouth Gran Fury, a midsize family sedan. The old adage “something is better than nothing” really comes to light here.

Related: Here’s What Was Special About The 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2

8th Olds: 1965 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

The 1965 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 was a full-size beast, ready to take grandma to church in a sub-8-second 0-60. The big American cruiser came equipped with a massive 425 cubic inch V8. The Dynamic 88 was complete was a plush ride and could have all the comfort features of the time such as A/C and power windows.

The coupe’s exterior features a semi-fastback roof, while any body style had enough chrome to make a lowrider jealous. Period correct dog-dish wheels were standard, with rally-style wheels an option. The Dynamic 88 was definitely a step above the plain-jane Plymouth Fury…with a 318 cubic inch small block as standard.

Related: Here’s How Much A 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass Costs Today

7 Pontiac: 1965 Pontiac Bonneville

Probably more recognizable than the Dynamic 88, the Bonneville is a favorite of hot rodders and cruisers alike. The Bonneville came standard with only big-block V8s and was offered in a luxurious drop-top. The optional HO 421 cubic inch V8 could scoot the massive cruiser to 60 in 6.9 seconds and was likely underrated at 375 hp.

Fans of the GTO or Firebird will probably also like the Bonneville, it featured the iconic split grille and coke bottle styling. The squared-off Fury was drab in comparison and did not see coke bottle styling until the ’70s.

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6 Olds: 1970 Oldsmobile 442

The 442 (originally meaning four-barrel carburetor, four-speed transmission, and two exhausts) started life as an options package for the Cutlass but soon became its own model from 1968 to 1971, and was resurrected in the 1980s for the previously mentioned Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. The 442 was equipped with either a 400 or 455 cubic-inch V8 and either a four-speed manual transmission or three-speed automatic. With the 455 and four-speed, it was good for a 0-60 in under 6 seconds.

All the typical ’70s muscle car features were present on the 442: hood scoops, stripes, and the all-important chrome wheels. Plymouth’s Roadrunner could only manage times of 6.6 seconds with the 383 cubic-inch V8 and the much quicker Hemi costs too much. We know what we would rather have.

Related: 1965-1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2: Profile Of A Muscle Car

5 Pontiac: 1970 Pontiac T-37

You probably haven’t heard of this one, but you should make yourself familiar. The T-37 was based on the Le Mans (like the 442 is to the Cutlass) but offered more performance options. A 455 big block and 4-speed manual could be had, but there were no fancy bucket seats or creature comforts here. Nothing on the outside behind it was a performance car besides the 455 V8 badge. It was a real sleeper.

Plymouth’s Hemi Roadrunner may have been a stripped-down racer, but at what cost? The T-37 cost two-thirds the price of the Roadrunner and offered comparable performance. Now you tell us who gave more car for the money.

Related: Here Is What Muscle Car Fans Don’t Know About Pontiac

4 Olds: 1949 Olds Rocket 88

Maybe not a muscle car in the eyes of most, the Rocket 88 had the typical muscle car features: A V8 in a midsize car offered at a reasonable price. Many automotive historians consider this to be the first muscle car ever because it was the first car to do all these things. The 135 hp output may seem anemic compared to most muscle cars of the ’60s, but it was respectable in the late 1940s.

Plymouth at this point had no V8 in their lineup, and the comparable Plymouth Deluxe had a weak 96-hp inline-six. There’s a reason Van Halen wrote a song about a Rocket 88 and not a Plymouth Deluxe.

Related: This Is Why We Would Love To Own A 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88

3 Pontiac: 1964 Pontiac GTO

Most enthusiasts consider the Pontiac GTO to be the first muscle car. The project was spearheaded by John DeLeoran to bring younger buyers to Pontiac. A 389 cubic-inch V8 was shoehorned into the midsize Tempest and the car was dressed up with hood scoops and available chrome exhaust splitters. It proved to be a massive hit and set off a revolution in Detroit.

The top optioned GTO with a 4 speed could get to 60 in under 5.7 seconds. Plymouth’s Belvedere was comparable, but it was hard to get the 426 Wedge V8 (not to be confused with the 426 Hemi). The GTO was the first to offer this level of performance to all in the 1960s. Oh…and there’s a song about the Pontiac GTO, too.

Related: These Are The Best Pontiac GTO Model Years

2 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds

The Hurst/Olds is a legend amongst GM fans and muscle car fans and for good reason. Hurst essentially hopped up a 442 with a gold and white paint scheme, functional hood scoops, and an upgraded 455 V8 good for 370 hp (though this is probably an underestimate). The Hurst/Olds could get to 60 in 5.8 seconds.

Plymouth also worked with Hurst, but those cars were dedicated race cars that were not legal for street use. The Hurst Oldsmobile was perfectly capable of both daily street use and occasional quarter-mile track duty.


1 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

Possibly one of the most legendary cars from GM, the GTO Judge offered an available 455 cubic-inch V8 and sported a rear spoiler, bright paint, hood scoops, and chrome wheels. The judge with the 455 was good for a 5.4 second 0-60 time, the fastest time on this list.

Plymouth’s competition to the GTO Judge was the Road Runner and its upscale brother, the GTX. But those boxy Plymouths didn’t have the GTO’s handsome style. No wonder the judge was the favorite ride of Kevin Pickford.


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