PERIOD-CORRECT F85, LOW MILEAGE, SOUTHERN CAR, ALUMINUM 215 V8, 4 BBL, AUTO!!
GM's upscale compacts like this 1962 Oldsmobile Cutlass F85 were not only tidy handlers, but packed one of the most technologically-advanced engines of the time: a 215 cubic inch all-aluminum V8. Most recently in service in a variety of British imports, these stout little engines made these lightweight cars very entertaining to drive.
This Olds seems to have a good history behind it, having just four owners and a lifetime in the warm southern US. It was repainted a few years ago, and while it's not show-quality, it looks pretty good cruising down the road. At a glance, it might even look like it has been painted two-tone, but that's the gorgeous burgundy metallic paint at work, changing its color with the angle of the light, creating a gorgeous effect that's best seen in direct sunlight. There are a few spots where some bad prep might be causing some cracking, but they don't diminish the cool overall look. The compact Olds has a very purposeful look with its forward-canted grille and there's plenty of trim to suggest an upscale price tag came with it. Today, it's a different story, and the price is quite reasonable given that this is a V8 hardtop that's also pretty rare.
The interior was restored using reproduction materials from SMS Auto Fabrics, and you can see just how accurate the materials are when you realize that the back seat is completely original. Two-tone upholstery was all the rage, and the attractive bench seat is highlighted by bright stainless trim and joined by a set of very attractive door panels with bright inserts. Correct carpets offer a correct look, protected by aftermarket floor mats, and despite being a "compact" there's plenty of room for everyone. You'll also dig the cool instrument pod perched up on top of the dashboard and everything in it is fully functional save for the cigarette lighter. Even the original AM radio still pulls in whatever they're playing on AM radio these days and the wipers do their job, too. The trunk appears to be quite original, with factory-style mats, a full-sized spare, and a matching spare tire cover that gives it a finished look.
The rear wonder of this car is under the hood. Now, 215 cubic inches might not seem like a lot, but this little V8 is all aluminum, and in the lightweight F85, it has a great power-to-weight ratio. It's also rather economical if you keep your foot out of it, and when you want to go, the 4-barrel carburetor under that bright red air cleaner makes this V8 feel a lot bigger. It's only got 52,607 original miles, so it's a fantastic runner with that feeling that only a low-mileage survivor can provide, although things like the tune-up parts are replacements. Experts will note that the heater and defroster hoses have been re-routed to keep things looking tidy, but the main coolant hoses still use original-style clamps. The Hydra-Matic automatic transmission snaps through the gears yet idles through traffic unobtrusively and this is a smaller car that offers big car comfort on the highway. Power steering is a worthy option on a car like this, and as a low-mileage survivor from down south, you can plainly see that there's nothing to hide underneath. Wire wheel covers add an upscale touch and it carries affordable 185/80/13 whitewall radials all around.
A neat, unusual, and fun Olds, this F85 is a great survivor that remains eminently affordable. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
- Transmission Spec
- Front Suspension
- Coil Spring
- Rear Suspension
- Coil Spring
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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