NINETY EIGHT REGENCY

Remember the old "bad" GM Days?

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This article was on Ebay. I do not know how much longer it will be up, but I read that article and you had to ask yourself what was GM thinking?

Notice the name they gave the car.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1986-BUICK-RIVIERA-OLDS-TORONADO-ORIGINAL-1986-ARTICLE_W0QQitemZ350209056820QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item518a162034#ht_3361wt_939

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GM was thinking the same reciepe that guided the Eldo/ Riv/ Toro since 1979 (and since 1967 if you discount the RWD >< FWD issue), and successfully..., would again meet success. Unfortunately, these are Rock Bottom for GM, historically, and it's not even that the trio have obvious similarities, but the individual cars themselves just. aren't. that. I was following modern GMs then, and these were easily the worst disappointments ever, IMO.

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My God, these were awful!

GM really screwed the pooch in the 80s.

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Too many dull, look alike cars in that era. Another thing that hurt these is they had the same basic shape as the crappy little N-body coupes (Grand Am, Somerset Regal, Cutlass Calais). And those awful digital dashboards.

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And these commercials tried to convince people it was the best thing since sliced bread:

Cadillac Eldorado 1986 and 1987:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWbzMkS8uqk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU49ltKDXNQ

Buick Riviera 1986:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV5o4m86mGA

Oldsmobile Toronado 1986:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNYi2zMzIKE

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That these things were allowed to squash the reputation of the E-body FWD coupes just as almost all of GM's RWD cars were rotting on the vine or being replaced with truly tragic FWD mistakes just amazes me.

A far superior course could easily have been charted during the 80s.

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After the majestic '79-'85, these were a complete and utter disaster. Whoever signed off on these mini-me's should have been shot. These would make Bob Lutz bite off his cigar.

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Smith Era!

Yeah, the man who bears the brunt of blame for what has happened to GM.

Idiot.

He must have had a hands-off policy about trucks though, as the '88 full-sizers mark the greatest leap forward in that segment in my lifetime in my opinion.

Truly revolutionary.

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After the majestic '79-'85, these were a complete and utter disaster. Whoever signed off on these mini-me's should have been shot. These would make Bob Lutz bite off his cigar.

Well, GM mispredicted the future. In 1980, when these started being designed, the pundits were predicting $6 gas... and GM bought it, lock stock and barrel.

IMHO, this is the mania now. Soon the largest GM cars being produced will make these look like battleships.

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Well, GM mispredicted the future. In 1980, when these started being designed, the pundits were predicting $6 gas... and GM bought it, lock stock and barrel.

IMHO, this is the mania now. Soon the largest GM cars being produced will make these look like battleships.

I pray not on both counts

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The facelifts did wonders for those cars.

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Agreed, however, by that time, they managed to destroy the market for this type of car. SHAME.

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It is a shame GM ran away from this market. Great article and I got a kick out of it. I do find ironic how the 3.8L had more power than the 4.1L in Eldorado.

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