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Autoblog RR of the Day: Final 500 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora

While in Paris, Eric Bryant and I spent a lot of time pounding the pavement on the streets of Paris and talking all things autos. Invariably we touched upon Oldsmobile's demise, the reliving of which inspired today's RR of the Day. Owned by a 20-something Flickr member who goes by the handle madeindetroit_2006, this 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora is one of the Final 500, the last half-thou of Auroras built at GM's Orion, Michigan plant. It features the 4.0-liter L47 V8 that was a special version of Cadillac's Northstar V8 producing 250 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs. of torque made only for Oldsmobile. This particular model is No. 252 out of 500.

The Aurora was part of a strong car lineup abandoned when Oldsmobile was put down like a sick puppy in 2004. Together with the Silhouette, Bravado, Intrigue and the Alero, of which I happen to own a 1999 example of the latter, the Aurora ushered out of existence a company that had been selling cars since 1897. The least we could do is feature one of the brand's bright spots before its star faded.

If you'd like to see your own ride featured here, simply upload photos of your ride into our Flickr group. We select one image to highlight each week day, and on the weekend let you vote for the RR of the Week. Detailed instructions can be found after the jump.

How to submit to RR of the Day:
Create a
Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!

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