Classic Captions Contest – 1987 Oldsmobile Firenza Edition


It’s a dark January night in Winter Park, Colorado, and you’ve wrapped up a solid day on the mountain destroying Mary Jane. With your skinny Rossignol skis straddled across your right shoulder, you hobble your way from the lodge after an hour of Bud Light-filled après-ski, towards the parking lot across the street. There’s snow falling on a towering horizon of lodgepole pines, the wind hollowing and temperatures continuing to drop.
But what’s hot is the Oldsmobile Firenza LC Coupe. I mean, look at that sexy rear C-pillar…elegance…sophistication. Then all of the sudden, you hear what you imagine to be a snowplow scraping a sheet of ice, but then you see five shadows holding torches descending on you.

Before continuing off on this saga, let’s review a few of the comments from the last Classic Captions Contest, where Craig and Jill had been caught walking out of their local YMCA after a sweaty “Tony Gazelle Thigh Thruster” workout. Did Craig’s leased 1998 Camaro Z/28 convertible start? Did Jill split from Craig after seeing he opted for a tan-colored top rather than black? Here some of the best remarks:

“Bob walked out of the gym with his date Denise, a little concerned that his ride would would be seen as tired, flaccid, and trying too hard to recapture lost youth. But at least he knew the Camaro would be reliable.”-onrails
“Mary was sick of Rick’s stereotypically awful parking and delivered the breakup blow on that long walk out of the gym. ‘It’s not me. It’s you’.”-hwyengr 
“I don’t know how to say this without being kind of gross Jill, but you were working out pretty hard in there, and while I don’t mind if my car looks like a catfish, well…”-neight428 

Back to Colorado. You’re now aware the sounds of slicing and clinking isn’t that of a rust orange C-DOT snowplow with blue flashing lights on top. The flames are approaching you closer, and you make out five skiers (because snowboarders were more attracted to you know, the Jeep Cherokee). You’re terrified because three of them are wearing white masks yet, impressed with their form. Bend those knees, Jerry. The quintet continues to ski down towards your car, and despite desperate yells of “Pizza! Pizza!” they aren’t slowing their speed. What do you do? Who are these people? Why on earth is that ’87 Oldsmobile that clean after driving up Berthoud Pass in a blizzard the nigh before your morning powder day?
Let the comment section below be your canvas. And go.

By day, Robby DeGraff is an industry analyst for an automotive market research and product-consulting firm. Based an hour from Road America in Wisconsin, he once piloted a Suzuki Jimny around Iceland for two weeks alone. Robby's personal fleet includes a bright red 2001 Chevrolet Camaro that sometimes runs, his second Saabaru wagon, and hopefully a Volkswagen Vanagon in the future.

20 Comments

    1. “Discontinued GM marques”
      Dammit! I had just about forgotten what GM did with SAAB. Ugh.

  1. The induction ritual for the Firenza owners club looks way to complicated than one would have guessed.

  2. The gang had pockets full of quarters and empty stomachs craving pizza but maybe, just maybe, they were taking their trip to the Joan-of-Arcade a little too seriously.

  3. It’s interesting how GM, (and I suppose other US carmakers), re-use model names in different markets on completely different vehicles.
    Outside the US, when you say Firenza as a car name, most people will think of the Vauxhall. The ‘coupe’ version of the HC Viva/Magnum range.
    One of these.
    https://www.mediastorehouse.com/p/575/cm6-1129-mick-strafford-vauxhall-firenza-10714520.jpg
    Or perhaps more likely the ‘droop-snoot’ version, with it’s fibreglass ‘nose cone’ and quad Cibies. Yes those are Vega Cosworth wheels.)
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1Cj75otVVr0/UmWOryepNTI/AAAAAAAACqE/wJkcynHv1s0/s1600/1970_cars_vauxhall_viva_hc_firenza_hp.jpg

    1. The rally Firenza in that first pic is kinda cool, actually. Sort of like a baby Olds 442.

  4. Here at GM, we are Cavalier with our naming, so enjoy your Pontiac Monza!
    We’ve been making it since 1981, so you’d expect it to be decent by now. Don’t get your hopes up.

  5. “Firenza – It’s got the word Fire in it”
    Copywriter Spencer knocks off early; he’s earned it.

  6. GM rummaged around in the trim parts bin and Frankensteined up an ever so slightly fancier Cavalier. The mob responded accordingly.

  7. Now available with a performance-tuned engine, complete with a KKK turbocharger! Oldsmobile. We build Cavaliers, too.

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