1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible
This 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible is one of those cars that's hard to classify but easy to like. V8 power, lots of space, and a great look all add up to a car that gets a lot of attention without breaking the bank. If you're reading this and the car appeals to you, call now, because I can almost guarantee that someone else is thinking the same thing you are and it won't be here if you wait. Not some 442 mash-up, merely a clean, straight old ragtop with a lot of recent work. The intermediate Cutlass has great proportions and is just the right size for fun today. Grab some buddies and hit the road, there's room for everyone, but it's especially sporty at the same time. The fresh burgundy paint is actually from a 40th Anniversary Corvette, and it looks fantastic on the chiseled Olds body. Note the kick-up behind the door that makes the rear quarters look like they're coiled and ready to spring, the subtle flares around the wheel well openings, and the simple hood that eschews scoops and stripes for simplicity. It's just as straight as it looks in photos, and clearly it's lived a good life, which is another reason you shouldn't wait to call; clean cars like this just don't grow on trees, you know. Chrome is also quite good, with a lot of it being refinished in the past, and overall the car has an outstanding look that's neither over-the-top nor a wallflower. Add in the wicked stance and blacked-out grille, and you get a mild custom that stands out without seeming to try very hard. No disappointments inside, either. There are twin buckets with beautiful parchment upholstery, a few tasty upgrades, and a performance vibe that's also very grown-up. The seats offer reproduction seat covers that give it a very sporting look that neatly blurs the line between custom and OEM, and the burgundy carpets are an awesome contrast. Burled walnut appliques give it an upscale feel, and they cover the console, dash, and even the wood-rimmed steering wheel has the look. Auto Meter gauges in the original housings give it a racy look, and there's a matching tach down on the console. A digital AM/FM/CD/iPod/Bluetooth stereo radio is a recent addition and feeds speakers stashed throughout the interior. The white power convertible top is in excellent condition and includes a matching parchment boot to really give it a clean look. You'll also note that the trunk has been upholstered in matching burgundy carpet to give it a very polished look overall. V8 power in a '60s convertible is a given, with this one being a great-running 330 cubic inch V8 powerplant properly dressed in Oldsmobile Gold paint. Obviously there's a lot of money being spent here, and upgrades include an Edelbrock carburetor and Pertronix ignition system that make tuning easy and probably add a few horsepower, too. The air cleaner was painted to match the body, which is a cool touch, and power steering and brakes, plus A/C (needs to be charged) are part of the Oldsmobile package. The 3-speed automatic transmission shifts nicely and links to the original rear end, making for a reliable powertrain that doesn't mind that healthy Olds V8 up front. The dual exhaust system has a mellow tone that suits the car perfectly, and it sits on cool 17-inch Boyd Coddington wheels with staggered 235/45/17 front and 245/45/17 rear performance radials radials. If you've read this far, you're probably already too late; someone has snatched this car up after seeing what an incredible opportunity it represents. Or maybe you'll get lucky, just give us a call!