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Oldsmobile, GM’s oldest automobile division and one with a storied history, went out not with a bang but with a whimper. When the end came in 2004, the last Olds model built was the wholly unremarkable Alero, a compact sedan and coupe that was the better-dressed but lesser-known sibling to the Pontiac Grand Am. The final 500 cars got Collector’s Edition Alero badges, and the very last one offered for retail sale was #499 (GM retained #500 for itself). You missed your opportunity 15 years ago to grab that piece of history, but now you have another chance, as it’s for sale on Autotrader.
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The car was purchased new by a dealer in New Hampshire, and immediately socked away. It currently has 42 miles on it. The Collector’s Edition package was $995, and included Dark Cherry exterior paint, special polished wheels with Collector’s Edition center caps, specially embroidered seatbacks and floor mats, and exterior badging. It’s powered by a 3.4-liter V6 (no Rocket V8 here), and options on this car include a sunroof, a CD stereo, and the Performance Suspension package. The original MSRP was $26,075, and the current ask is $25,000. Thanks to our friends at BarnFinds.com for this Alero alert-o.
Note, however, that the very last Oldsmobile ever built, Alero #500, is also out there in the wild. GM sold it in 2017 at a dealer-only auction, and it went for considerably more: $42k.