J.A.'s 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais


1984 Calais

From 1978 to 1984 the Calais was the top of the line rear wheel drive G-Body Cutlass model. I owned this vehicle from 1989 to 1999.

The odometer read 63,000 miles upon purchase and had 150,000 at the time of sale. The original owner of the vehicle purchased it at "Town and Country Oldsmobile" in Tom's River, NJ. Somehow it wound up at "Crabtree Nissan" in New Rochelle, NY. Even though it would not start when I first tried to fire her up on the dealer lot for the test drive, I knew right away this was the vehicle I had been searching for with it's 5.0 litre V-8, T-Tops, just about every available option, and being a somewhat limited production 'Calais Model'. Luckily it was just out of gas. The dealer filled it up and the rest is history.

Production Figures for the 1984 model year:
132,913 Cutlass Supreme
87,207 Cutlass Supreme Brougham
24,893 Cutlass Calais
3,500 Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds
My VIN Number Deciphered:
VIN# 1G3AK47Y1ER######
VIN Position Meaning Value
1 Country 1 U.S.A
2 Manufacturer G General Motors
3 Division 3 Oldsmobile
4 Restraint System A Non-Passive / Active Belts
5 Series K Cutlass Calais Coupe
6 Body Style 47 Coupe
7 Engine Y 5.0 Litre (307 cid) 4BBL V-8
8 Check Digit 1 Serves no purpose for this vehicle
9 Year E 1984
10 Assembly Plant R Arlington, Texas
11-16 Assembly Number ###### ######

Standard Equipment: Stock
  • Automatic Transmission, 3-Speed Metric 200
  • Heavy Duty front and rear anti-roll bars
  • Power Steering and Brakes
  • Contour Reclining High Back Bucket Seats
  • 2-Spoke Sport Steering Wheel, Leather Wrapped at 9:00 and 3:00 hand positions only
  • Full Center Console with floor shifter
  • Rallye Cluster Gauge Package, Includes; Speedometer, Tachometer, Temperature, Oil Pressure, Fuel level, Battery Voltage
  • Chromed Rocker Panels, Chrome Wheel Openings, Chrome Roof Drip, Center Hood Strip with stand up Calais Ornament
  • Body Colored Sport Side Mirrors with driver side remote control and Body Colored Door Handles
  • Black Headlamp Bezels
  • Black and Grey Trimmed Grille
  • Amber Parking and Turn Lamp Lens
  • Simulated Butterfly Walnut Wood Grained Interior Trim
  • Door Pull Handles
  • Floor Carpeting, Wall to Wall Cut-Pile with Carpeted Lower Door Panels
  • Halogen Headlamps with Headlamp on Warning
  • Bumper Guards, Front and Rear
  • Recessed Winshield Wipers
  • Rear View Day/Night Mirror
Optional Equipment: 5.0 Litre, 4Barrel
  • Exterior Color: Frost Beige
  • Interior Color: Dark Brown
  • Engine: Oldsmobile V-8, 307 Cubic Inch, 5.0 litre
  • 4 Barrel Rochester Quadra Jet Carburetur
  • T-Tops, removable roof panels
  • Vinyl Padded Landau Roof Covering, Dark Brown
  • Air Conditioner
  • Cruise Control, Electronic with Resume and Acceleration features
  • Power Windows, Door Locks, Radio Antenna, 6-Way Drivers Seat
  • Tilt feature on Steering Wheel
  • GM Delco 4 speaker AM/FM ETR Stereo w/ Cassette and Digital Clock Display
  • Soft-Ray Tinted Windows
  • Intermitent Wiper System
  • Electric Rear Window Defogger
  • Convenience Group includes; Courtesy Lamp underhood, glovebox, center console, luggage compartment, Visor Vanity Mirror and Chime Tones
  • Locking Spoke Hub Caps with Rocket Symbol Center Caps
  • P205/70R14 Tires on 14x6 inch steel wheels
  • Body Side Mouldings, Color-Keyed to Vinyl Rooftop
  • Chrome door edge guards
  • Prinstripping, Dark Brown, sides only

The Early Years
  • commander remote controlled alarm system
  • maxiguard hood lock with starter cutoff
  • mud flaps with script logo, front 'Cutlass' and rear 'Calais'
  • tinted windows, 20% light transmission
  • tinted border applied to sides and bottom of windshield (Later Removed)
  • front end mask (Later Removed)
  • shaved trunk emblems

The Later Years
  • upgraded to a turbo-hydramatic 350 transmission
  • 14x6 chrome wheels (4) from a 1986 442
  • third brake lamp mounted on rear package shelf from a 1987 cutlass
  • P235/60 Firestone SS tires, blackwalls
  • energy suspensions yellow polyurethane end links and sway bar bushings
  • flowmaster exhaust with custom bent tail pipe to exit under rear bumper
  • split fire spark plugs
  • painted the grille black and beige
  • painted the black headlamp bezels beige
  • painted the front and rear roll bars beige
  • converted the chrome trim around taillamps and reverse lamps to be beige
  • custom repadded and covered center console armrest
  • hella 550 driving lamps, clear lens, located behind grille

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