The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is the #1 car in the US in 1983.
The 1980-1982 recession is now all but a bad memory for US new light vehicle sales, soaring 16.8% in 1983 to 12.311.516 units including 9.148.038 cars (+15%) and 3.163.478 trucks (+22.5%). The Ford F-Series celebrates a second year as the country’s best-selling vehicle but the Passenger Cars ranking changes hands yet again as the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme overtakes the Ford Escort to top the charts at 331.179 units, excluding the Cutlass Ciera. According to Car and Driver, this is the 5th time in the past 6 years that the Cutlass is the best-selling car in the US, although other sources don’t count absolutely all Cutlass variants (and there were dozens) and therefore don’t have it at #1 that often. What is certain though, is that we wouldn’t see the Cutlass – or any Oldsmobile for that matter – at the realm of the passenger cars sales in the US anyone after this year.