Oldsmobile died 10 years ago this week. On that day, the final Oldsmobile (an Alero) rolled off the assembly line, and from then on, the oldest-surviving American car company was no more. Its departure was largely bittersweet; Oldsmobile’s final vehicle lineup wasn’t very impressive, filled with bland front-wheel-drive cars, and so many believed that its time had finally come.

But it was a good run, and while the end wasn’t necessarily stellar, Oldsmobile managed to produce some seriously badass cars throughout its 107-year-long history. Below, we take a look at what we believe are the five best Oldsmobiles to ever leave its production facilities.

5. The ’68 Hurst/Olds

Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds

Hurst is a performance auto-parts manufacturer, and it would supply more than a few parts for Oldsmobile’s 442 models. Once that partnership proved to be a valuable one, the two companies came together and collaborated on the Hurst/Olds, a special-edition production model that shared the same body as the 442 and Cutlass. The 1968 Hurst/Olds earned its spot on this list because it was a rule-breaker. Back then, GM had a rule that, aside from the Corvette, GM brands were not allowed to shove 400-cubic-inch-or-larger engines into anything but its biggest cars. Being in the same company as the Corvette is not a bad thing.

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4. The ’66-’70 Toronado

Oldsmobile Toronado

For a car that has a fake name, its performance was anything but. It was related to two different rear-drive GM platforms, but the thing that set the 1966 Toronado apart was its front-wheel-drive setup – the first of its kind since Cord stopped making cars in 1937. Even though front-drivers are often lamented as boring cars meant for fuel-efficiency and little else, the Toronado packed a serious punch; your engine choices were a 7.0-liter V-8, or a 7.5-liter V-8, with no less than 385 horsepower on tap. We’ll ignore the fact that it took nearly eight seconds to hit 60 mph.

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3. The ’49-’53 Eighty-Eight

Oldsmobile 88

Some people consider the first-generation Oldsmobile 88 to be the first muscle car, before such a designation even existed. The 88 was smaller (by that year’s standards, not ours), and when coupled with the new Rocket V-8, it became an absolute beast of a car on both the road and the NASCAR circuit. It even inspired a song – “Rocket ‘88” – that experts consider the first-ever rock and roll record. Oh, and it came with a push-button starter. In 1949. Muscle cars, rock and roll, cool technology – what’s not to like about the first-generation Eighty-Eight?

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2. The ’68-’72 Vista Cruiser

Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

The second-generation Vista Cruiser took everything that was great with the first generation and made it better. We’ll get this part out of the way first – it’s a domestic station wagon with a V-8 and a manual transmission. Heck, you had the choice of two different DIY shifters – a column-mounted three-speed, or a floor-mounted Hurst-branded four-speed. To make the car even more appealing, the second-gen Vista Cruiser came with a single-piece skylight that stands as a spiritual predecessor to modern day’s panoramic moonroof. The “Dual-Action” tailgate could be opened from either the bottom or the side, something we’d appreciate on a few different crossovers today. Talk about a trailblazer.

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1. The ’01-’07 Curved Dash

Oldsmobile Curved Dash

We don’t mean 2001 to 2007, we mean 1901 to 1907. Yes, it’s that old. So old, in fact, that it’s been given the honor of being the first mass-produced automobile utilizing an assembly line and interchangeable parts. The car produced a whopping five horsepower, eventually (and we mean eventually) reaching a top speed of 20 mph. It’s the car that started a revolution, one that continues to this day, and while we’re sad that Oldsmobile has finally disappeared from the automotive landscape, we’re not at all hesitant to honor its contributions.

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