What the Oldsmobile AeroTech lacks now and arguably lacked then? Brand appeal.
But what it brings today 30 years after its rollout and stunning 250-mph plus top speed runs? Importance.
This is an important machine. An extreme aerodynamics, tire and engine prototype, the AeroTech showed the world what it would take to cross into seriously dangerous speeds. Its tires, brakes, cooling and streamlined underbody taught General Motors important lessons. Most significant? The move to shrouded lighting, smooth surfaces and wind tunnel testing.
Beyond just showing off as a very ambitious GM prototype, the AeroTech has now even outlived its Oldsmobile nameplate. And secured a spot in automotive history as one of the most beautiful concept cars of all time.