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1991 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight mule

Okay, I’ve categorized this image under Oldsmobile; allow me to explain why. The photo was circulating during August of 1988 and being interpreted as a 1991 Cadillac.

1991 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight mule vs 89 Deville

This mule indeed appears to be wearing a De Ville’s front end but the parts used are from the heavily revised 1989 model which would have been on sale within months of the photo. Besides that, the fender skirts (A), rear doors (B), and A-pillars (C), are nothing alike. (1991 Fleetwood shown.)

1991 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight mule vs 94 Deville

The mule obviously isn’t a Seville but, for 1994, the seventh-generation De Ville actually did move to Seville’s K platform. Nevertheless, obvious discrepancies exist in the fender skirts (A) and beltlines (B) which is bulged on the mule but sheer on the 1994 model. And, once again, the A-pillars (C) are dissimilar. Moreover, it would have been uncommonly early to be testing mules for a 1994 model.

1991 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight mule vs 91 98

That brings us to what I think it actually is: a 1991 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight. Here, the fender skirts (A) match near identically, the rear doors (B) and their quarter windows (C) line up, as do the front door quarter windows (D) and the character lines (E). Perhaps, the Cadillac front end bolted up easily to the mule since the 1991 Ninety-Eight remained on the C-body (which De Ville was still using). It certainly made for effective concealment at the time and even today. Let me know what you think it is.