Friday, August 7, 2015

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.

See a better way to drive something with rocket power?


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. My friend had a 68 AKA Gutless Cutlass...

  4. 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.

    1. Gunnar,
      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
      Vince DT Editor-in-Chief

    2. 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.

  5. 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 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.


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