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1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass F85: Holiday Coupe

1965 Olds Cutlass F85

Barn Finds reader Tom Bode spotted a treasure trove of finds in Florida, including this 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass F85 Holiday Coupe here on craigslist. I think if I had been of driving age at this time, I may have been an Oldsmobile man. I’ve always liked cars that were a bit squared off and conservative in styling, so this Cutlass F85 would have fit the bill. Despite being a bigger coupe than anything on the roads today, this generation of the Cutlass always looked tidy to me – not too big, not too small. The powerplant was certainly sufficient, and taken as a whole, the Olds just seemed like a well-rounded package. If any of our readers have owned or driven one of these classic Cutlass coupes, we’d love to hear about your experiences below. And as for this car, $6,500 may be a touch high for a runner, but if it’s not rusty, it’s at least an intriguing project candidate. Thanks, Tom, for the find.


  1. Avatar photo DENIS

    I’ve owned several ’65s…mostly 442s but they were good drivers, bucket seats were good, and even with the 330 motor, they were fairly quick(but 2-spd trans). This appears to be pretty solid and is probably worth the money but I think it’s all of it. I would like to own it home for $5000. I personally prefer 66/67 style.

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  2. Avatar photo don

    another seller with bad pictures again! not worth the asking price.

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  3. Avatar photo Waldon Herdman

    My first car was a 1965 Olds Cutlass f-85. 2dr, 4 speed. It was optioned like a 442 but no badges. Had a factory tach on the console. I regret selling it, was a clean straight car..

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  4. Avatar photo Mike MacLean

    I learned to drive with my parent’s 65 Cutlass F85 convertible. I loved that car. It had plenty of power with the 330 engine and very comfortable to drive. If this was a convertible, I would be all over it. Oldsmobile probably did not make too many rag tops of this model. I have not found one in an on again off again search for the last few years.

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  5. Avatar photo Rick

    Looks bent in the one photo. My buddy in high school had a ’64 F-85 330 4-speed, was pretty peppy. Another guy in high school had 65 F-85 convert 330 4-speed, was a nice car, he totaled it.

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  6. Avatar photo Woodie Man

    Another Craigslist seller. Lousy pictures, no shots of interior, no engine, no underside and no history and insufficient description to justify getting off the couch……….even if you lived in the swamps. I like these cars but how do you sell a fifty year old Olds like its a 2010 pocket rocket? Either just dumb or a troll

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  7. Avatar photo Tom

    My first car. 330/3 speed on the column. Awesome ride. Wish I had another!!

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  8. Avatar photo Kevin

    My first car was a 1965 Olds Cutlass F85 w/330 and Powerglide. A hand me down from my sister. Before my Dad bought it it had been blue like this one but was repainted 1973 Corvette yellow, a much more exciting color. I unfortunately blew up the engine. The replacement came from my neighbor (we lived on an Iowa farm) for the huge sum at that time of $100. So, my 2nd high school car was a 1962 Impala 2 door hardtop with 327, powerglide, leaky windows, dealer add on air and lots of rust. It drove like a dream but somehow disappeared while I served in the US Navy. Wish I still had both.

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  9. Avatar photo Daniel Rivers

    My second car after I got out of the Navy in 1970, was a1965 442 Holiday Coupe, Special Edition. It had a 400CID 4Barrel with the 2spd Olds Jetaway trans. It was blue like the one above, with blue interior, power windows, power drivers seat, power brakes and air conditioning. It also had a small box under the dash on the right side of the steering wheel that would ding every 5000 miles. When I took it to the dealer to find out what it was, they told me I had a “Special Edition Model” and that box was supposed to have card in it that popped out every 5000 miles which indicated it was time to bring the car in for maintenance. Unfortunately I traded it in 72 for 1968 Firebird Sprint. Wish I still had the 442.

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