1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

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Looking formal with four doors, wire wheel covers, and upright rear glass, this one-owner, 59k-mile 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham is another in the series of cars that we rarely see today. The seller has this example posted here on craigslist in the capital city of California: Sacramento. The seller is asking $11,900, here is the original listing, and thanks to Rocco B. for sending in this tip!

Oldsmobile offered a dizzying array of Cutlass models in this era, everything but a convertible, basically. They even had two platforms offering buyers either front-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive. I have to admit, though, my favorite of this general era was the Olds Cutlass Salon, that wacky sloping rear deck model. Yes, I like my vehicles on the weird side.

It appears that the bumper filler material – both front and rear – has been replaced on this car, but the seller doesn’t mention it. It’s a noticeably darker color. It would bring this car up a notch to touch those areas up to match the adjacent body panels, but it’s nice to have new material on there as those areas often crack and sometimes disappear after several decades. The G-platform Cutlass Supreme Brougham in this era only came in a four-door sedan. Well, fear not as Scotty G’s Magic Digital Body Shop has transformed one into a two-door sedan, as seen here. I really like the formal look of these cars with the straight lines and upright grille and rear window.

The original purchaser of this Cutlass Supreme Brougham checked the box for leather upholstery and it sure looks great. With just 59,000 miles, the interior looks almost like the day it did when it rolled off the showroom floor. The 60/40 split front seats are powered for the driver (an option) and manual for the passenger (no power option), and this Bro-Ham appears to be loaded with all of the other power options and features, such as air-conditioning. As expected, both the back seat and the trunk look almost perfect. Yes, the backseat passengers would have had power vent windows with the power window option.

The engine in this time capsule, according to the seller, is Oldsmobile’s 3.8-liter OHV V6, which would have had 110 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque when new. It’s backed by a GM Turbo-Hydramatic THM-200 three-speed automatic with a column selector. An optional 307-cu.in. OHV V8 engine would have been available, and that’s one of the very few option boxes that the original and only owner didn’t check when they ordered this beautiful Brougham. Have any of you owned a four-door Cutlass Supreme or  Brougham from this era?

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  1. HoA Howard A ( since 2014)Member

    Wow, it appears the original buyer saved the salesperson a lot of time by saying, “give me everything you have”,,,I had a Cutlass like this, only a bit older, and had the 260 V8, that the 307 replaced. I got it cheap, and was by no means optioned like this, and kind of a beater. It had a slight miss, so I figured plugs should do it. Gol dang, I do declare, it was practically impossible to change the plugs. The ex’s ’77 Monza was easier. I managed to change 7 of them, didn’t look too bad, but the one under the heater was UNCHANGEABLE,,from above anyway. Took every swivel and extension I had, but got it out. When I did, I swear, it looked like the original from the factory, never changed for good reason, and there was NO ELECTRODE! How it fired at all, was the mystery.
    Great find here, people are slowly coming back to these ( who’s stupid now, eh?), trouble is, unless USA starts making these again, there simply isn’t enough to go around. Yes sir, if you are even remotely thinking about a different mode of travel from you honcho pickup or EV-POS, here you go, but don’t dawdle, there’s a lot of disgruntled car owners out there today.

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    • Bob C.

      Silly question Howard, did you ever hear of the taking the front wheels off and changing the plugs trick?

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      • Big C

        Cutting a hole in the inner fender did the trick, too!

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  2. Craig Baloga Craig Baloga

    This is a nice “Box”….I like it!


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  3. BoatmanMember

    I’m thinking a Supreme 4 door is pretty rare.

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    • Stan

      Yes Boatman..And Beautiful 😍 What a gorgeous machine. A là Cadillac Seville circa 79′

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      • T. MannMember

        STAN, is it the same size, drivetrain and chassis as the Cadillac Seville circa 79?

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    • nlpnt

      Every time I see one I’m surprised how late they made them. And they never had the guts to put the (very) slightly swoopy coupe front on it.

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      • Neal Jacobsen

        Beautiful Olds!
        Wish I could afford it.

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      • Stan

        @ TMann no idea, and without googling … going by my dodgy memory.. id say the Oldsmobiles seemed a bit morw compact. Good question

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    • karl

      These were everywhere , the sedans were very popular

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  4. BA

    Just a few more years till cars got good again like early 90s then your cooking with gas brotha! Give me a panther frame & modular 4.6 or any LT-1 rear wheel drive car I’m not picky 2 or 4 doors get my attention!

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    • Bill Maceri

      I agree with you. I would opt for the Panther platform with the 4.6 V8 every time. That said, back in the day, here in Southern California those Cutless Supremes were everywhere, I think the 75 model year was the most popular, It might have even been the top seller in the US. I used to detail cars back then for extra money and I had a client that had a very pale yellow with light brown vinyl interior 75 with the 307. It was all very non-discript. It was nice but had no ride quality at all. I never understood the attraction that thousands of buyers saw it those cars, especially in that horrible yellow color.

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  5. CCFisher

    That’s remarkably cheap-looking leather. It looks like it’s made from recycled kickballs.

    I’d bet against replacement bumper fillers. The flex additive used for flexible components could discolor the paint, particularly metallics. By 1985, the bumper fillers on my 1980 X-11 were darker and less glossy than the rest of the car. Today’s water-based paints don’t need the flex additive.

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  6. Sam61

    My ex-mother in law had one of these in the mid 80’s. Bronze/copper Bro-ham with vinyl roof, wire wheels, loose pillow velour interior, power everything.

    My recollection is that the rear windows on the 4 Dr are inoperable. I don’t remember if the rear vent windows opened.

    She was reluctant to use the AC because it reduced her gas mileage….riding in the back was not pleasant in the summer.

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    • Poppy

      You are correct about the rear door glass not lowering, hence the power vent windows.

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  7. Chris Cornetto

    We have an 85 Supreme in the maroon with maroon velour. The car was given to me in the late 90s. The car did heavy commuting, I liked how it drove and it was comfy. The car did a cross country trip, brought my son home from the hospital when he was born and a very young Channing Tatum slides across its hood in the original Step up movie. It is hard to imagine these cars are worth as much as this one is being asked. I put a set of the 80s chrome Olds rallies on it which makes it look great to me. We replaced it with an 87 Caprice and it now resides with a bunch of other barn hides I have.

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  8. Old Greybeard

    Old man car, not deserving the Cutlass name. Mid 70’s the cool 20 something go kart racer in our neighborhood drove a new Cutlass. He wouldn’t have been seen in this. Oldsmobile decline was starting.

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  9. Bradley L DeHaven

    Dad had an ’83 wagon in this same color – it was a company executive car. When he left that company, he bought the car for my mother, who needed a new car anyway. Loaded out, but no roof rack. It was a sweet driving car, but in the end, the lil’ V6 just didn’t have all the oomph of the V8. Mom drove it for several years. Brings back lots of memories…

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  10. J.Max

    These cars were all over my high-school parking lot, but I’ve never seen 1 with leather, 4 door regal yes.

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  11. Mr. Bill

    I work in the Framingham plant in Massachusetts one of three plants that made these Oldsmobile‘s. They were downsized in 1978. I had one for 11 years the cutlass cars of that era sold like hotcakes.

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  12. Phil D

    Scotty, while they didn’t make a pillared coupe in any of the G-body line in 1986, it most certainly was possible to get a two-door Cutlass Supreme Brougham.

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  13. James Martin

    Here we go again where in this world would a 4 door cutlass withe rod knocker to boot is worth 11000 dollars? Another of fishing going on these days! Wow!

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  14. S

    It’s amazing how popular these cars were – now you don’t see any of them. Of course the last of them was made 36 years ago. I have never seen one with leather interior. We owned the Buick version of this car. It also had the 3.8 V6 and a very comfy velour interior. When we bought it, we were impressed with what a nice car it was. If you like American luxury cars, this was not too far from it, and in the 80s they were plentiful. Plus this is a lot smaller than what cars had been in the 70s. It was so quiet! When it idled you didn’t know if the car was running or not. It ran and drove well. I miss it. I’d buy another one if I found one with the right equipment and in decent condition. The only disadvantage on these cars were the rear windows that didn’t roll down. They could have made them roll down part way. Other than that, there was a lot to like!

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  15. Duaney

    Stan and T. Mann even though a similar styling look, there are no similarities between the 79 Seville and the Cutlass

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    • T. MannMember


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