One Family Survivor: 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass

One-family, nicely maintained cars of any type are always interesting. This 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass is showing less than 43,000 miles on the clock and after looking the pictures over closely that figure is very believable. It’s located in Milford, Massachusetts, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding is up to $8,700 as I write, but the reserve has not yet been met.

I remember the Cutlass Supreme as being very popular in my hometown in North Carolina, with many of the more affluent parents of my classmates owning one. Apparently, they weren’t alone, as the Cutlass was America’s best-selling car in 1976. The Olds Rallye wheels are very iconic, although back in my Hub Cap Annie days we sold a LOT of the heavy, cast centers that are only held on with spring tension. This one is in really nice shape, with the only real body damage being a slight dent in the passenger side door that you can see in this picture. There has been some touch-up paint applied over the years but even the original vinyl top still looks pretty good.

The underside of the Olds tells me that it didn’t spend much time on salty roads — or any roads, for that matter.

The interior is in unbelievable shape, with a nicely laced-on steering wheel cover the only departure I could find from stock. Even the dash top doesn’t have any cracks!

While only providing an emissions-strangled 170 horsepower, the Olds 350 cubic-inch V-8 came through with 275 lb-ft of torque which was plenty enough to move this cruiser around. We’re told that the car runs very well and that the factory air conditioning still works, which is a really good thing if you have priced R12 lately. I’m sure this classic will find a good home somewhere — could it be with you?

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Comments

  1. Skippy

    This is a nice example of the Cutlass Supreme, which was the top-tier for Cutlass at the time. Most Cutlass Supremes had bucket seats and console shifters, though, so this one is slightly less desirable. These cars had horrible paint issues, particularly on the rear window valance in front of the trunk. They also had a tendency to rust under the landau vinyl roof and you can just see a little of that in one of the images. In terms of collectibility, I think Cutlass might have been the single highest production vehicle in 1976, but if this one really only has 42k miles, it would be a nice buy-and-hold car. This same car is listed on Hemmings for $11,800 so I’m guessing reserve is around $10,500.

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    • Patrick Farmer

      It was the number one seller for 1976 through 1980. It was the best looking A-body that GM made. The bumpers blended in better than the rest. Only 1500 1976 Olds Cutlass had 455 cid V8 engine. My mother bought a new 1977 Cutlass and drove it forever. I installed long tube headers, quiet turbo mufflers, shift kit, Edelbrock dual plane with built quadrajet carb. I woke it up. It was a fun car. Was it fast, NO. just fun.

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      • Jerry Member

        I think the same gen Grand Prix was a MUCH better looking car. Back then Olds was looked at as a old mans car unfortunately……like u said though they sold well.

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  2. Jerry Member

    Friend had one of these back around 1982 or so……we nicknamed it the “Gutless Cutless” it was so slow I thought the 350 was running on 4 cylinders!!

    • Ken Kerrigan

      I hear ya on the ” gutless ” part, but not nearly as bad as the 260 offered that year….I swear I got lapped by two kids on bikes……twice!

    • Patrick Farmer

      There were a lot of old men back then. A Gutlass is a Cutlass with a GTO front end. What you had was an Blowsmobile. The 455 Olds made a great boat engine. It is loving call a Oldsmobubble.

  3. ken

    thats what we called my brothers car

  4. Roger Ross

    Can anyone comment on the color combo and options. I have not seen one in that color combo.

  5. Gerry Member

    Looks an awful lot like the one shared here back in November guess it didn’t sell and got re-listed

    • Roger Ross

      Bad color combo and options maybe? I like to know why they they chose those colors an what dealership

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