Design Notes: 1991 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight
Below is another clay. Personally, I think they were onto something here. This shape is beautiful. All of the lines look completed. Nothing looks forced. There is a gracefulness and elegance to the soft rear fenders which, with gentle curves, have perfect proportion to those at the front.
The uncovered rear wheel wells look athletic yet formal. I even like what they did with the tail lights. It’s a shame more of this proposal didn’t make the cut.
This clay to the right has nearly everything in place, compared to the finished product. The tail lights use a five-slot design that, if I remember right, were eventually used on one of the Ninety-Eight’s models.
The only other thing I noticed out of place is the three-bar C-pillar which appeared as two on the production model.
To the left is another nearly-complete model. This one also bears the three-post C-pillar. What sets this model apart is the bright chrome-work that surrounds the car at the waistline, opposed to the ribbed cladding.
Below is one of two pictures I’ve got of interior styling bucks, as they are referred to. These look rather close to the production car’s layout except for some minor things.
Contrary to what both bucks envisioned, the trim steering wheels would be replaced by bulbous airbag-equipped units. Further, both bucks feature digital gauges, as the production model would, however, the displays would change greatly.
The buck above appears to be representative of a bench seat-equipped car.
The buck to the left has a center console and something that didn’t make it to the 1991 model: the jet cockpit-inspired gearshift lever (despite being available on the previous generation).
Steering wheel-integrated buttons did carry over to the production cars but with a different look dictated by the airbag.
Hope you enjoyed this peek behind the curtain. Be sure and check out the larger versions of the pictures in the photo gallery.
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