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Junkyard Gem: 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada


Feb 4, 2023
Junkyard Gem: 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada


In this collection, we glance for gems of automotive history in the car or truck graveyard, and a person of the much more exciting sides of that history is the frenzy with which companies dove into the SUV trend all through the 1990s. The moment the Jeep XJ Cherokee led the way starting in 1984 and the 1991 Ford Explorer established off a mass exodus from as soon as-beloved Detroit station wagons, the rule right here grew to become provide vans or die. The Typical was previously promoting loads of vans with Chevrolet and GMC badges as the 1980s drew to a near, so an further division was chosen to get a rebadged Blazer/Jimmy, beginning in 1991: Oldsmobile. Here is an example of the second generation of the Olds Bravada, identified in a Nevada self-assistance car or truck graveyard.

Oldsmobile bought loads of trucks by way of the 1920s, with some Oldsmobile-badged GMCs staying transported off for abroad income in the late 1930s. Pontiac had a bit extra background in the truck section, making sedan deliveries effectively into the 1950s (Buick and Cadillac manufactured trucks in the early portion of the 20th century as effectively), but it was very clear that just about each individual automobile marque would need to have at least one particular truck product before long adequate.

A few generations of Bravada had been built the first two (1991-1994 and 1996-2001) ended up centered on the Chevrolet S-10/Blazer platform and the 3rd (2002-2004) was sibling to the Chevrolet Trailblazer. By the stop — and by that, I indicate the conclude of Oldsmobile by itself — even Buick, Saab and Isuzu supplied Trailblazer twins.

This era of Bravada differed additional from its Chevrolet/GMC siblings than did the 2002-2004 variations, with snazzy Bravada-only bucket seats and a exceptional centre console.

The split grille and facet cladding also designed the Bravada effortless to distinguish from a Blazer at a look. This confront would transform, for the even worse, with a mid-cycle refresh that introduced Oldsmobile’s new Aurora-encouraged emblem. 

The cladding on the Bravada was physique-coloured from the factory, but a person — probably a San Francisco 49ers fan — painted the cladding and bumpers gold.

These factory wheels look superior, though the gold inset color appears to have been included by the similar painter who did the cladding.

It truly is not anywhere in the vicinity of the greatest-mile Oldsmobile odometer I’ve located in the junkyard (that was an ’86 Calais with 363,000 miles), but 235,000 is respectable.

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Enable the Bravada do the imagining.

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