March 26, 2020

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Black Beauty: 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass

The Cutlass was a staple of the Oldsmobile line for nearly 40 years. The 4th generation of the Cutlass was produced during 1973 and 1977. This top-of-the-line Cutlass Supreme Elegante is from 1977, it came with T-tops, has little more than 17,000 miles on the clock and is said to have been garaged its entire life. It’s featured here on craigslist near Atlanta, Georgia for $18,500.

The Cutlass line was redesigned for 1973 using GM’s new “Colonnade” A-body platform. Mostly cosmetic changes took place during the five-year run of the platform. The Cutlass would receive a downsizing in 1978 like so many GM models did. But the ’77 ended up being the most popular Cutlass with more than 632,000 of them being built that year, the highest production for the model.

This exceptional, original edition was purchased in late 1976 as a Christmas present by the original owner’s wife in Southern California, who the seller purchased it from 23 years later. It is said to be a very original car, right down to still having almost all its factory black lacquer paint (doesn’t say what was repainted, why or when). The seller says all that’s been changed to keep it rolling are newer tires, belts, hoses, battery, and that the air conditioner was charged with 134a freon. Otherwise, it’s a 43-year-old time capsule.

This car came equipped with power steering and brakes, power door locks and windows, factory AM/FM/8-track (!), clock, tilt sport steering wheel with excellent grain, rally wheels and a 350 cubic inch, four-barrel V-8 matched to a Turbohyramatic 350 transmission. The glass is all original and the car comes with the original tires that were replaced. The mini-spare in the trunk doesn’t like it ever touched the ground.

Everything on this car seems spotless. The seller doesn’t mention if there is ever been an issue with leaks with the T-tops, which was not uncommon back in the day. In looking at how clean the black interior is, that doesn’t seem like that happened. There is nary a hint of rest anywhere according to the pics provided.

According to NADA, the asking price is within the range that these cars are trading for. So, you potentially are getting beautiful with a price tag that won’t break the bank. Is this one for you?

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