Muscle Machine: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass S
The third generation Oldsmobile Cutlass was built on GM’s A-body platform from 1968 through 1972. The three flavors consisted of a base model F-85, mid-level Cutlass S, an upscale Cutlass Supreme, and the fun machine 4-4-2. This is a simple Cutlass S, but it is offered for a fair price and looks presentable. Find this 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass S offered for $9,000 in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist. Tip from dascpcu.
The 350 cubic inch Rocket V8 was rated at 310 horsepower and 350 ft-lbs of torque and is mated to an automatic gearbox. The seller states that it runs nice needs little to be buttoned up. Could be a good deal for a big piece of Detroit muscle car history.
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Wish I were in the market right now—seems like a solid deal and I think this is one of the best looking American car designs of the era.
One of these in a rolling lockjaw state of decay is often parked in my neighborhood. A real throwback to the pre-Dinkins era.
It cleans up nice, and it's encouraging that proper muscle can still be had for the price of a high spec road bike.
My friend had a 68 AKA Gutless Cutlass…
Funny, I ended up buying this Cutlass today then saw it on your site for the first time today as I was searching for reference images of similar cars.
It looks like winner! Send us some pics and your impression of the car, we'll feature it as a reader ride. Send it to email@example.com
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Happy to do that. I drive it every day and love it. Yes it needs a few things but the previous owner, Rich deserves a shout out. He made a great start and was honest and fair and actually held out until he found a buyer that loved and appreciated the car and his work. He and I are both pleased.
after correcting the drum brakes with all new lines and cylinders I've put over 1000 miles on this Cutlass just to shake it out and see what I had. I didn't mention that i ended up picking it up for just $7000.
Turns out the car is solid. It has original 79K miles. the last owner dropped in a Comp Cam kit and a quick exhaust….so it lopes nicely.
The fun part is I just picked up a '73 Olds 455 and TH400 for $1000 to drop into it. everything bolts right up except for the splines on the front yoke. The 455 has had some work but I'm going to build it before I install. It has the notorious J heads, however it seems to have a cam, an Edelbrock Torker intake, MSD ignition and Edelbrock carb. I still am not sure what I've got–so it makes sense to take my time, I really want a motor in it that I built myself….Vince, I'll send you pics after this round of improvements
For another $800 I picked up a B&M Quicksilver shifter and a disc brake conversion.
Lastly I ordered a Detroit Locker and am having custom traction bars built.
I think in the end this is going to be a quick had turning $10,000 ride. Even now not a day goes by with out someone starting a conversation or wanting a picture….
Patience paid off…..happy to enjoy such a good deal.