AWESOME COLOR COMBO, OLDS ROCKET 350, RUNS & DRIVES EXCELLENT, SWEET CUTLASS
So nice to see all these cool Oldsmobiles finally getting some love. Although it's not a thumping 442 big block, this 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass is an extremely clean, stylish, and downright handsome ragtop with Rocket 350 power and a ton of luxury accessories. When was the last time you could get a car that looks this good for so little money? How about never?
Code 68 stands for "Brown" in the GM paint department, and "Sable Brown" at Oldsmobile, so it shouldn't be a surprise that this ragtop has been repainted a more vivid and appealing bright blue. Compared to the high-impact colors on some of the performance models, this lovely Cutlass Supreme convertible still stays under the radar with elegance instead of in-your-face bravado. Despite the color change a few years ago, it has a sincere, original look that we find quite appealing and they painters took no liberties with the finish; there are no stripes or other tweaks, just the same type of finish the GM designers insisted on in 1971. The sheetmetal underneath is obviously quite solid and straight, and with the slight kick-up behind the doors, the Cutlass has a unique look that makes it stand out among its corporate cousins. Subtle contrasting white pinstripes serve to highlight what is already a very good looking car, especially the way the rear quarters kick up behind the doors. Plenty of chrome is appropriate on the luxury-oriented Olds, and all of it appears to be nice original stuff that's neither too nice nor too deteriorated to work with the rest of the cosmetics.
There's a great-looking code 977 white bucket seat interior waiting for you inside, and it shows quite well even after all these years. Like the paint, it's quite likely that it was restored at some point, but then again, maybe not and perhaps it has just been well-maintained all that time. The seats are excellent, front and rear, the door panels are quite nice although they may be the one part of the interior starting to show their age. The dash is filled with crisp gauges with their neat orange-tipped pointers, along with controls for the factory A/C and an original AM/FM radio. The center console is a welcome option in the sporty olds, along with power windows that make owning a convertible easy. And speaking of convertible, the white power top is in excellent condition and includes a matching white boot for when it's stowed. The trunk is clean, with spatter-finish paint, and carries a full-sized spare tire, just in case.
Oldsmobile's Rocket 350 was no slouch. Known for their torquey nature, the strong-running engine makes great V8 sounds that totally fit the car's luxury/performance mission. The engine bay has been nicely detailed but remains quite stock, from the original air cleaner to the cast iron exhaust manifolds, and the corporate turquoise engine enamel looks like it's been done recently. It's backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission spinning a 10-bolt rear with gears that let the torque do the work but allow the car to cruise effortlessly on the highway without a lot of fuss. The floors are solid and original and in good condition, again suggesting that this car has always been in a warm climate and has always been well-maintained. And any car looks racy with color-matched SSII wheels, with these wearing 215/70/14 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
More than just a nice old car, these Cutlasses are finally coming into their own as legitimate collector's pieces that drive as great as they look. Call today!
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- 350 V8
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- 3 Speed Automatic
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- 60,991 (Unknown)
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- Center Console