Motor Week Retro Reviews is the greatest thing on YouTube.
Dr. Zoidberg last edited by
I have never heard of, much less seen, this whatever the heck rebadged GM shitbox.
DealkillerPoweredByFocus last edited by
The Olds Achieva was the shit, back in the day. Especially with the Quad Cam four banger. The only thing better was the Buick Skylark. The pinnacle of GM styling.
ClassicDatsunDebate last edited by
@dr-zoidberg I love those old Motor Week reviews. Up here we had Motoring(insert year here) they have some absolute gems on the tooobs too...
Shoop last edited by
"a delight to see and use"
krustywantout last edited by
@dr-zoidberg I remember them as a kid. They were a Honda Civic/Toyota Carola competitor but were as large as a Accord/Camry. The cars are for the person who thought a Chevy Baretta/Corsica was too white trash and wanted something less sporty than a Grand AM but more sporty than a Buick. These were dark days for GM and Oldsmobile was as you pointed out a badge engineered brand that didn't have any real identity or model to itself. I had almost forgotten about these much like most of GM products of that era.
I have fond memories of watching motorweek with my Dad on weekends.
My girlfriend's mom at the time in 1992 or whatever had an achieva. It was purple even.
benn454 last edited by
They're little time capsules of automotive history, and kudos to Motorweek for putting them up on YouTube for everyone to enjoy.
RacinBob last edited by
I remember the hacker brothers ran Achieva's in firehawk race series. Some pretty funny comments on the challenges of running an Olds. https://forum.champcar.org/topic/4647-oldsmobile-achieva-firehawk/ here's an example
"Other than going vintage racing DO NOT THINK YOU CAN RUN THIS CAR CHEAPLY ! I was not only involved with Various Firehawk teaams back in the day , but also worked for the Hacker Express after the contract was done . MANY holed blocks , and those were all motors done by Katech where GM gave a stock motor and $11,000 to blue print . They made great power while they blew up a helluvalot! I know a father son team that has here in FL to run in ITS , and they have the resources to run well (The kid kicks donkey in GTA) and I'm not sure they ever finished a race yet.These cars were only competitive with factory backing. For vintage racing just don't wind them up."
CivicWagonEngineer last edited by
This is my favorite one for obvious reasons
fintail last edited by
When I was a student, I knew a girl who had one of these. I called it the "Underacheiva". The Skylark variant of this car still makes me think of George Costanza.