1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass (74 Cutlass (only name I can mention in polite company))
Last updated Aug 15, 2008
I purchased this car as a daily driver in July 1976. I had tried to purchase a Hurst Olds 455 but missed out on it by a few hours at a used car lot. It drove wonderfully, but got worse gas mileage than my 75 TA. I only had the car for about 6 months but put 20,000 miles on it during that time, so gas mileage was kind of important to me. The two killers were the fact that it did not handle well (rather, AT ALL) on the snow/ice we had in spades in the winter of 76/77 in Indiana, and the fact that it developed mechanical reliability problems from neglect from the previous owner(s). In the end I traded it for my 1977 Olds Starfire and was not sorry to see it go.
It had a CA-emission Olds 350 with a TH400. It had an open rear differential and a 2.41:1 rear end. The car was slower than a prison sentence. It weighed in at 4600 pounds and delivered a rock-solid 10 MPG, no matter how I drove it.
The car had PS, PB, AC, and the deluxe interior. Interestingly enough, it did not have PW or PDL. It had an AM/FM radio. It was the swivel bucket seats that tweaked my interest and caused me to buy it.
I was too busy driving and fixing this car to make any modifications to it beyond adding a CB radio with a whip antenna.
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