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1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser VC

Before the SUV and the minivan there was the station wagon. One can arguably state that when it comes to the station wagon America has done it bigger and better than anyone else. Originally conceived as a doorless people and cargo mover on a truck platform in the early 1900s, by the middle of the 1920s Ford had added some civility to it with the introduction of the Woodie. That refinement continued after World War II as wooden bodies gave way to steel panels and a foundation based on passenger car chassis.

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First production car with driver and passenger airbags 1974 Oldsmobile Toronado

While airbags have been an almost ubiquitous safety feature on cars since the 1990s, their origins can be traced back to American engineer John Hetrick in 1952. In the spring of that year, Hetrick, his wife and his seven-year-old daughter were out for a Sunday drive in their 1948 Chrysler Windsor. Cresting a hill, Hetrick encountered a rock in the road and swerved to avoid it.

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1970 Oldsmobile 442

Editor Ben Klemenzson reveals how he ended up restoring his muscle car over four years… by accident!

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1941 Oldsmobile Series 98 sedan

Meet the 1941 Oldsmobile Series 98 Custom Cruiser, the most forward-thinking product of GM’s most technologically advanced brand.

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