1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Oldsmobiles don't get much fresher than this 1988 Cutlass Supreme Classic, especially now that they're not making any more of them. With just 51,346 on the clock and every single option including those unusual alloy wheels, it's a fantastic survivor that just crossed the threshold into collectability. Yes, that's right, at 25 years of age, cars are considered antiques by the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), and this Cutlass would be a slam-dunk winner in preservation class judging. It's also just a nice car in its own right, ready to serve as a daily driver, a weekend cruiser, or perhaps the foundation of something else simply because the styling never goes out of style. That's original factory paint on the angular Cutlass sheetmetal, and light blue was one of the more popular colors in 1988, which was also the final year of rear-wheel-drive Cutlass production. Factory pinstripes, aero headlights, and a padded vinyl opera roof are all reminders of a different era in motoring, but not one so far back that we can't remember it. Seriously who didn't have a car like this somewhere in their family? The big doors still seal up like airlocks, and the stainless rocker moldings are still brilliant. Buckets and a console were quite rare in the Cutlass Supreme, but like its corporate cousins at Buick and Chevrolet, it wears them extremely well. Somehow, the formal roofline and plush surroundings also manage to be sporty. Perhaps it's the high-back buckets themselves, which wear blue velour that's comfortable and in exceptionally good shape. This one also offers a fully array of instruments, including a tachometer, all surrounded by faux wood that was the height of luxury in 1988. There's no airbag in the leather-wrapped steering wheel, but every single option you could get is in this car, including A/C, power windows, driver's seat, and locks, a tilt column, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo. You'll also find a CB radio under the center stack with an antenna stashed in the virtually untouched trunk. The engine you want in your Cutlass is the rugged, torquey, and smooth 307 cubic inch Oldsmobile V8. One of the last times an Oldsmobile engine would be in an Oldsmobile, it doesn't make huge horsepower, but it is effortless at just about any speed, which was entirely the point. It also hasn't been modified, and still wears its original air cleaner, carburetor, and exhaust manifolds, all buried somewhere inside that densely packed engine bay. A 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission was standard equipment, and with it a set of 3.07 gears out back, making this Cutlass the ultimate in highway cruisers. A new single exhaust, complete with a fresh catalytic converter, was recently installed, and you'll note that as a lifelong Georgia peach, this one is spotless underneath. Perhaps the car's most unusual feature is those lace-style alloy wheels, which were a limited-availability option on the Classic and which we've never seen before. Wearing appropriately-sized 205/70/14 whitewall radials, it rides like a cloud. These cars are always popular and cross a wide variety of demographics, which suggests that they will remain collectable in the future. Get yours before it vanishes. Call now!