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1942 Oldsmobile theatrical advertising. The last pre-war Oldsmobile rolled off the assembly line on February 5, 1942.
Originally a public domain film, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
Contrary to popular belief, the B-44 badges found on the grilles of 1942 Oldsmobiles are not a reference to model designations. Every Oldsmobile that left the assembly line, whether it is our featured Special 66, or a Custom Cruiser 98, all carried the B-44 emblem.
In the midst of a war raging throughout the rest of the world, Oldsmobile was celebrating their 44th year in the automobile industry. Part of the sales gimmick utilized to promote their even-numbered anniversary was the use of the B-44 badge; the “B” quite literally meant to indicate “Even Better looking, even Better lasting, even Better built than any Oldsmobile in 44 years!” in their advertising...
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Oldsmobile was a brand of American automobiles produced for most of its existence by General Motors. Olds Motor Vehicle Co. was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. It produced over 35 million vehicles, including at least 14 million built at its Lansing, Michigan factory. During its time as a division of General Motors, it slotted in the middle of GM's five divisions (above Pontiac but below Buick), and was noted for its testing of groundbreaking technology and designs, most notably the "Rocket V8" engine. In 1985, over 1 million Oldsmobiles were sold, but by the 1990s the division was tasked with competing with import brands. When it was shut down in 2004, Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automobile marque, and one of the oldest in the world, after Peugeot, MAN, and Tatra...
Starting in 1941 and continuing through 1999, Oldsmobile used a two digit model designation. As originally implemented, the first digit signifies the body size while the second represents the number of cylinders. Body sizes were 6, 7, 8, and 9, and six- and eight-cylinder engines were offered. Thus, Oldsmobiles were named "66" through "98".
The last pre-war Oldsmobile rolled off the assembly line on February 5, 1942. During World War II, Oldsmobile produced numerous kinds of material for the war effort, including large-caliber guns and shells. Production resumed on October 15, 1945 with a warmed-over 1942 model serving as the offering for 1946...