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871-DFW (R)

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX


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871-DFW (R)
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455 V8
3 Speed Automatic
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This 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX convertible is one of those sneaky cars that most folks think shouldn't exist. Well here it is. What is an SX, you might ask? Well, just imagine a 442 with a top that goes down and you'll be pretty close. Only 357 were built, so it's OK that you've never seen one before, but this matching-numbers example will definitely make you a believer.

You already know how much we like the Olds Cutlass convertibles around here. They're far more handsome than the other A-bodies and have a distinct performance look that doesn't need stripes to set them apart. Yes, the hood with those twin scoops is factory-issue and the car currently wears a very subtle and appropriate coat of code 49 Antique Green, which is the car's original color. No stripes or wings, making this a very potent sleeper that could hunt in the daylight back in the early days of the horsepower wars. Finish quality is exceptional, with tight body gaps and a shiny, ripple-free finish that is absolutely show-worthy in every way. The factory bumpers were re-chromed and aside from a small badge on the front fender below the standard 'Cutlass' script, this incredible car doesn't do much advertising. And that's just the way we like it!

The contrasting white bucket seat interior is befitting a high-performance machine, and it, too, is almost entirely new. Fresh seat covers and door panels, new black carpets, and a restored steering wheel anchor a gorgeous interior that's likely better than new. A center console is a somewhat rare Olds option and includes a wood-handled shifter to manage the heavy-duty TH400 3-speed automatic underneath. And as an Oldsmobile, luxury features are not uncommon so it has a recently rebuilt A/C system with R134a refrigerant, a tilt steering column, and the original AM/FM stereo radio in the center of the dash. Instrumentation includes a rare factory Tick-Tock-Tach and the woodgrained appliques throughout the interior are more convincing than most. There's also a power convertible top that might be the only possible demerit, but only because it's not quite as nice as the rest of the car. Fortunately, it's a convertible, so you save it for emergencies and stash it under the matching vinyl boot. In the trunk you'll find a correct mat as well as a matching Rally II wheel with full-sized spare that's never been used.

What really sets the SX apart, however, is the powerplant: a 455 cubic inch mill that even in 1971 was still making some serious horsepower. This is the car's original, numbers-matching block, fully rebuilt with an .030 overbore, a Mondello camshaft, and a freshly rebuilt 4-barrel carburetor under a functioning ram air assembly. Finished in corporate blue engine enamel, it has a very detailed look but runs like nothing on the showroom floor in 1971. The transmission was also rebuilt and feeds a 10-bolt rear end with 2.73 gears and new seals. Fresh shocks at all four corners, a new Flowmaster dual exhaust system, and color-matched Rally II wheels round out a very impressive package. Four new 245/60/14 BFGoodrich radials were just installed as well.

This incredibly rare car, once you know what it is and what's under the hood, becomes insanely appealing at every level. This is what all muscle cars want to be when they grow up. Call today!

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  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Defrost
  • Front Disc Brakes
  • Heat
  • Numbers Matching
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Convertible Top
  • Power Steering
  • Seatbelts
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Vinyl Interior
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Rear End
10 Bolt
Front Brakes
Power Disc
Rear Brakes
Power Drum
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