EXTREMELY NICE 442 TRIBUTE, GREAT COLOR COMBO, ALL THE OPTIONS, AWESOME CAR!
Like the look but not the price tag of the 442? Perhaps this 1971 Cutlass Supreme convertible will fit the bill. It sure looks convincing, and with a 350 cubic inch Rocket V8, it's no slouch in the performance department, either. Forget authenticity, any drop-top Cutlass is a great-looking car.
From the hood with twin air scoops to the white stripes that outline the aggressive fender flares, this car certainly looks the part of Oldsmobile's hottest performer. The hood is a fiberglass reproduction but looks right on the Cutlass, which is arguably the best-looking of the GM A-bodies. The work was done some time ago but is holding up well, and for sheer eyeball appeal, this 442 tribute is pretty hard to beat. The electric blue paint is a distinctive part of the 442 legend, and with 442 badges, most folks won't know the difference. Clean sheetmetal comes from years of living in a warm climate and it's kind of nice to see that they skipped the rear spoiler on the trunk lid, which leaves the crisp Cutlass lines uninterrupted. The urethane paint shines up nicely, the black grilles and headlight surrounds give it an aggressive look, and all the chrome is in excellent condition.
The glittering white interior is a great choice for a car that's going to spend a lot of time out in the sun, and it shows lots of upgrades. The seat covers, carpets, door panels, and other soft parts are in great shape, and the black and white color combination looks sporty and luxurious at the same time, an Oldsmobile trademark. This car comes equipped with factory air conditioning, always a desirable option, even (or perhaps especially) for a ragtop, and power steering and brakes are part of the deal, too. The dash is covered with a custom carbon-fiber applique that's far more appropriate than the original fake woodgrain and the original gauges still look good. A 4-spoke steering wheel adds to the performance feel, and even though it's just an AM radio in the dash, you probably won't have much need for it anyway. Instead, hit the button and the white convertible top folds itself into the well behind the back seat. And thanks to the Olds' big trunk with a correct mat and full-sized spare tire, it's ready for a cross-country road trip whenever you are.
The engine is Oldsmobile's famous Rocket 350 and it delivers plenty of performance to make that hood and those stripes entirely appropriate. It's period correct and similar to the engine that originally came in this car, and offers a 4-barrel carburetor and a throaty dual exhaust system to deliver entertaining acceleration. Oldsmobile Gold paint on the engine looks right and there are a lot of fairly recent components, including the power brake booster and alternator. It's backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and original 10-bolt rear end, and you'll note that the chassis is solid if not detailed for show. Color-matched Oldsmobile Rally II wheels with shiny trim rings give it a racy look and wear staggered 215/70/15 front and 235/70/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials.
Offering fast top-down fun, this Olds is an affordable way to get a piece of the 442 legend without worrying about pedigrees and future values. Just get out and drive! Call today.
- AM Radio
- Air Conditioning
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Convertible Top
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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