22k Mile 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Every now and then, a classic car will appear on our desks here at Barn Finds, and it will have us wondering whether we’ve dropped into some sort of a time warp. That is the case with this 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham because it looks like it has just driven off a showroom floor. It doesn’t seem to matter where you look at this car, what you consistently find is spotless presentation. It is now looking for a new home and has been listed for sale here on eBay. It is located in North Royalton, Ohio, and the BIN has been set at $24,900. There is also the option to make an offer on this beauty.

It is hard to know exactly where to start with this Firethorn Red Oldsmobile. I hesitate to use the word “flawless” when looking at a vehicle of this age, but it is hard to find a more appropriate word. The paint shines beautifully, and there are no signs of even the slightest blemish or imperfection. It is consistent across the entire car, with no evidence of fading. The panels are as straight as an arrow, with no dings or dents. The gaps are tight and consistent, with no evidence of prior accident damage. The White Landau-style vinyl top offers a striking contrast to all of that red paint, and it appears to have avoided the stains and “yellowing” that can make these tops begin to look tired. The chrome sparkles perfectly, the tinted glass has no chips or scratches, and the color-keyed Super Stock III wheels show no signs of damage or staining.

That brings us to the question of rust. The simple answer to that question is that there is none. The panels look to be free from problems, and the underside of the vehicle is spotless. Not only are there no signs of rust, but there is no evidence of any fluid leaks. If you are looking for somewhere to eat your lunch, I can think of worse spots than off this floor.

Are we sure that this Cutlass is 43-years-old? The engine bay presents just as nicely as the rest of the vehicle. What we find is a 350ci V8, a 3-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes. That V8 should be punching out 170hp and should be capable of propelling the Olds through the ¼ mile in 18.6 seconds. The owner states that the vehicle has covered a genuine 22,000 miles, although he doesn’t indicate whether he holds verifying evidence. However, he does have the original Owner’s Manual, Window Sticker, Build Sheet, Warranty Packet, Maintenance Schedule, and various other documents. The collection is extensive and makes me believe that he probably does hold evidence to confirm the mileage. It’s interesting that the owner provides so much information on the Olds but fails to state how well it runs and drives. However, there is a walk around video at the bottom of this article. It gives us a chance to hear that V8 running, and it purrs like a kitten.

There’s a lot to like when we look inside this Oldsmobile and not a huge amount to be critical of. The interior is trimmed in a combination of red vinyl and velour. The cushions on the seats add a plush appearance and make it look so inviting and comfortable. The velour on the driver’s seat has become wrinkled, and there is some visible wear on the armrest on the driver’s door. The rest of the trim looks spotless, and there is no apparent stains or fading on the carpet. The dash and pad are free from issues, and the headliner looks perfect.

The rear seat looks even better than the front, and this is another classic that makes me wonder whether anyone has ever sat here. The upholstery is spotless, while the same is true of the carpet. The owner didn’t tick many boxes on the Order Form, but he did make some wise choices. That means that the Olds comes equipped with air conditioning, cruise, deluxe seat belts, a rear defogger, and an AM/FM radio/8-track player. Included with the car is the original demo 8-track tape that was supplied by Oldsmobile.

This 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham is a stunning looking car that needs to be seen to be appreciated. It has some minor flaws, but these are the type that would be easy to overlook. However, its condition needs to be this good because the BIN price is right at the top end of what you might expect to pay for a Cutlass of this vintage. With the few flaws that I’ve identified, it might even be worth approaching the owner with an offer. You never know, but today could be your lucky day.


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  1. alphasud Member

    Wow! That’s a sharp looking car. I think that is the first red Cutlass I’ve seen in this body style. There have been a lot of nice Cutlass’s showing up as of late. Good looking car during that period.

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  2. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Sharp car. I wonder if the owner was one of those super-meticulous people who kept everything they own in top condition. (I bet their house, lawn mower, tools, landscaping etc. look just as terrific). I can visualize how the car was used only once or twice a month to run errands or go out to eat, but only if the weather was perfect.

    Here’s another example of a car which, for me, would draw more attention at Cars & Coffee as compared to another muscle car.

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  3. Big_Fun Member

    My elderly neighbor lady had a ’76 in this color, with a tan interior, and a tan landau top. I was young, but, because Dad had a ’77 to compare, I noticed some inconsistencies. Turns out it was dealer in stalled. She ordered it new, after her husband died, and kept it basic. 15K when she passed, then went to Iron Mountain, MI to a daughter.
    She would call and tell us she was too close to the shrubs, so one of us would go over and moved the car out of them, and safely tuck it in the single car garage, the one with the oh so popular 70’s era horizontal ribbed opaque fiberglass door. Very light with a tan, almost sage tint to it. The R factor was probably -3!
    Hadn’t thought about that car, garage and neighbor in a long time. Thanks for the memories.

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    • Joseph Fair

      Iron Mountain, MI? Moved to Dunbar, WI in 1984…know that area well.

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      • Big_Fun Member

        Yes. The daughter took that Cutlass there. I remember she came to visit, she had bought a new Citation without A/C. Said she didn’t need it.

  4. Chris Webster

    Tuck the bumpers, new shocks. Add rear sway bar and a true dual exhaust. Rejet and recurve the carby and dizzy. And we’re done.

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      Note: Crossmembers
      from ’73 or ’74 bolt in;
      making running a true
      dual exhaust with no
      obstruction possible.

  5. William Fox

    He’s right; this `77 looks like I stepped into an Olds showroom during my Junior year in HS, and looked at this beauty! Spotless, and equipped just right. OK, nothing fancy like power windows/locks but that’s OK–less to malfunction! Only item I would “prefer” but no deterrent are buckets/console automatic, but that’s just picking nits. And it’s the last year of the larger platform, which means comfort & a V8! And yes—I WOULD eat lunch off the floor pans! Try to find better; I bet you won’t.

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  6. Jason

    What a beauty. Growing up, we had a white ’78 or ’79, which was somewhat downsized and much more conservatively styled.

  7. John P.

    My GOD this car is stunning. My parents had a 78 Cutlass in maroon that became the car I used when I got my license. I loved that car but it was a bit of a slug with a 260cu V8. My friend used to call them Gutless :-D

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  8. Murray Shane

    Never saw a cutlass supreme with the Brougham interior package and no power windows or door locks. Maybe this was a special order for a “ one at this price” from the dealer. I remember the dealers would order real basic cars with funky colors to put on special sales to draw people in and them switch them to more loaded accessory cars for quite a bit more money. Still a really neat car

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  9. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Maybe to the right buyer who has been dreaming of this exact car, but 24K for a car they made a gazillion of, not for me.

    Sorry, the prices people are asking lately are driving me crazy.

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    • Jack M.

      For some of us that can be a very short drive!

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  10. NJ Driver 54

    Absolutely stunning with a nicer interior than many of todays cars. I would buy it if I had the money except I would be reluctant to drive it ! This Cutlass looks like it was just delivered -looking at the chassis no rust ? Amazing- did the owner drive it during the winter? If memory serves me cars back then could rust more than todays vehicles. 22,000 miles- my 2007 ION has 83,000 on after 14 years -built in 2006 and it doesn’t look a fraction of what this Olds looks like. Too bad that GM dropped Olds back in 2004 they made some great cars We had a 71 Lemans Sport with that engine and I think the mpg was 10 city-14 highway but with a beauty like this Olds it doesn’t matter. I would not use this for everyday driving. BTW – power windows are too much trouble though most vehicles come with them standard. Case in point -my drivers window can go only go 1/2 way down and the left rear window is dead. Who needs them anyway

  11. ACZ

    I love that interior trim! All of it. Probably one of the best interior designs of it’s time.

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  12. Keith

    Hard to say anything bad about this one. Still can not find that money tree my dad told me to look for.

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  13. David Miraglia

    Desirable as the 1975 Bonneville.

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  14. Jcs

    Spectacular example of the number one selling car of the time.

    Proof positive as to why.

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  15. Pete

    It is a stunning car in pics, but I am pretty sure the complete underside is painted, including the exhaust. Why?

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  16. JoeNYWF64

    Yet the #1 car is all but gone these days. While 1st gen camaros are all over the place. Go figure.
    Isn’t this Cutlass TOO nice? If there’s no orange peel or any cracks in the paint, shouldn’t Spock’s eyebrow raise up? Some trim & body panels should not be laser straight either. & panel gaps should be sloppy.
    ’70’s & ’80’s GM paint jobs were nothing to brag about.
    I would also have expected some surface rust underneath, unless this car was picked up directly from the factory exit!

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  17. Larry S.

    My parents special ordered and took delivery of a 1977 olds vista cruiser wagon in 1977- same color, firethorn red. I was a senior in High School The salesman was an old family friend, Artie Miller, at Ahrens Cadillac Oldsmobile in Madison WI. Artie wasn’t too concerned that the GEN light was on in the dash when he delivered it too my Mom in the morning. I took it back out to the Dealer that afternoon and was told no one was available to fix it. I think it was a Friday afternoon, and I didn’t want to be stranded over the weekend so they pulled another cutlass into the shop and they allowed me to borrow tools, and swap out alternators with a working unit.
    No repair order was written, and I’m guess that they must have figured out how to file a warranty claim on Monday Morning.

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  18. John Oliveri

    From all the cars on barnfinds, this one is the closest thing to perfect I’ve seen in a long time, just can’t figure why no power windows no power doors? She’s got the 8 track and a/c, I’d have to add those 2 things, and that’s a pain to do

  19. Geoff

    All the money but worth it for the right buyer. Color combo helps sell it and I wouldn’t change a thing.

  20. Miguel

    Did anybody ever think a Cutlass from this era would command this kind of price?

    I sure didn’t.

    • John Oliveri

      You can ask any price you want,if someone wants it bad enough, they might make a strong offer, it’s a pristine vehicle, honestly clean, low mile, nice car that needs nothing, I own a 30,000 73 Grand Prix SJ, w a 455 and every possible option, including sunroof, it’s all redone, and o sunk close to 30 into it over 16 yrs, it’s not worth 30, but this car needs nothing, and if the guy or girl takes 18,000 it’s a home run

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