It may be hard to believe, but this was actually Oldsmobile’s smallest offering back in the early sixties. It was even considered a compact car back then. Boy, times have changed. It may appear bland at first glance, but there is actually some interesting engineering here. This clean 1963 Olds Cutlass is claimed to only have 29k miles on the odometer and is believed to be all original. It is located in Davenport, Iowa and is listed here on eBay with bidding at $1,000.
GM came up with the F-85 platform for their compact lines of Olds, Pontiac, and Buick cars. It featured unibody construction with coil springs on all four corners. Sounds almost sporty doesn’t it? Well, it should because the first prototype Cutlass was actually a sports car with a fastback roof and V8 power.
The car that actually made it into production is a lot less flashy than its inspiration, but that’s not all bad. The lines are clean and those subtle fins add a little flair. The outside may not have much in common with the concept, but underneath the skin, they are very much alike.
A high-compression 215 cubic inch V8 was used to power the new car. This engine was different than most offerings at the time because of its small size and the fact that it was cast out of aluminum. It eventually went on to become the now famous Rover V8. The standard setup was good for about 155 hp and in Jetfire guise could put out 215 hp and 301 ft lbs of torque. Jetfire engines featured a turbo and could have made the Cutlass into a real racer if it wasn’t for its soft suspension and vague steering.
The driver’s seat looks like a nice place to be. The vinyl covered buckets look comfortable and in great shape. It was hard to believe they were original until we looked at the mileage. They haven’t had much seat time so there is no reason they should have more wear. This car was obviously protected from the elements.
We like the sweeping speedometer and chrome ball shift knob for the automatic transmission. The Motorola AM radio and ventilation controls are close at hand. Who would have thought tan and chrome could look so good together?
This particular car should make a great driver for someone. It has been resprayed at some time, but everything looks very clean and original. The seller claims that everything works except for the windshield washer. They are even including a set of American Racing rims along with the stock ones. They look nice, but we would be tempted to sell off and start watching eBay for a turbo…