The Normal put the Oldsmobile Division’s head on the chopping block in 2004, which makes it arduous to consider that the Olds Cutlass spent a lot of the middle-to-late 1970s at or close to the highest of the best-selling automobile charts in North America. In 1975 and 1976, the sharp-looking Cutlass stood proudly at #1 on the American gross sales charts, dropping to #2 in 1977 however with GM nonetheless transferring higher than a half-million Cuttys out of the showrooms that 12 months. At the moment’s Junkyard Gem is a kind of ’77s, a sporty Supreme Brougham Coupe that received wrecked in Colorado at age 44.
The Cutlass lived on the getting older 1964 A-body platform, making it a sibling to the Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Buick Century (amongst others) in 1977, and the direct descendant of such muscle-car classics as the Pontiac GTO, Buick GS, and all these crazy big-block Chevy Chevelles. Gas costs had stabilized a bit, just a few years after the 1973 oil crisis, so Individuals felt extra assured shopping for conventional midsize vehicles as a substitute of tiny Vegas, Pintos, and Colts. After all, fuel strains would return soon enough, however by then the Cutlass and its shut relations had been downsized.
I feel the Cutlass was the best-looking of all of the GM A-Physique vehicles of 1975-1977; in truth, it was one of many best-looking vehicles Detroit supplied throughout the interval, and loads of automobile consumers agreed with that evaluation again then. It was a cushty, roomy rear-wheel-drive machine filled with tried-and-true engineering, and so its success was no shock.
So why is that this one in a Denver-area automobile graveyard? Here is why.
It received hit very arduous within the left rear nook, bending the body past the purpose of being price repairing. By the point I received to it, the engine and transmission have been gone, however a lot of the Cutlass Supremes received the elective Olds 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) V8 somewhat than the bottom 3.8-liter Buick V6 or the one-small-step-up Olds 260 V8.
Oldsmobile referred to as these opulent seats the “loose cushion” style, and this automobile has a pleasant blue/gold inside coloration mixture.
The Brougham package deal received you… effectively, simply extra class.
The Cutlass received smaller within the 1978 mannequin 12 months, however nonetheless kept its second-place spot within the charts with greater than a half-million vehicles offered. The Cutlass Supreme survived all the way through 1997, with the common Cutlass lasting one other two years, however it could by no means regain the gross sales dominance it owned throughout the 1970s.
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