Posts Tagged ‘cutlass’

GM’s Alfetta – 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

July 23, 2015

Past write-ups here have featured sporty coupes that were based on manufacturer’s bread-and-butter sedans – Ford Capri and Mustang, Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT, Fiat 124 coupe, and more. Besides the Camaro, which generally ran on its won platform, the American arm of GM was not really known for directly translating a sedan platform into a sporty coupe. In the late 1970s, though, GM built a fastback (not hatchback – just as with the Lancia Beta sedan, it’s a fastback design with a trunk that opens below the rear glass) sedan version of its popular Oldsmobile Cutlass and Buick Century models. Of those cars, a few Cutlasses were built with the 442 option package, with the top specification having a 305 V8 and four-speed manual transmission. Check out this 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 for sale for $2400 in Seattle, WA.

1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 right front

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American Hustle, Part 2 – 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass

January 10, 2014

Continuing our 2-part miniseries where we look at some of the cars from the era represented in American Hustle, here’s a car that would have been seen in the background, or was perhaps driven by one of the secondary characters. In 1976, this car was as mundane as a Camry is today, but with 38 years of hindsight, this wheezing behemoth is a neat relic of the era. Will we be able to say the same about the Camry in 2052? You can find this 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass for sale in Kirkland, WA for $3000. How close is that to the original sale price of this car?

1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass left side

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Malaise Quebecoise – 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Diesel

November 17, 2013

This car was about to land in the same “woof” category (for being slow as a dog), until a little online research yielded some interesting facts. First of all, this car was built in Canada, but not in Ontario near Michigan as you’d expect. It was built in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, so instead of angry union labor building your car, you had angry French-Canadian separatists doing the job. And in GM’s attempt to acknowledge the changing times, what with increasing oil prices and the greater influence of imports, they released their new 1978 model with a fastback body style, as well as an optional LF7 260 diesel V8 engine, bursting with 90 furious horsepower. They were furious because the engines were underdeveloped, and the diesel fuel at that time was of poor quality. You can find this 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Diesel for sale in San Diego, CA for $3800, or $3200 if you can read Spanish.

1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Classic Diesel left rear

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