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25k Original Miles: 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

If you owned this 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, you could drive it anywhere and not feel embarrassed. It is an original survivor that is in better than average condition, and it does have a genuine 25,000 miles showing on its odometer. It is now looking for a new home, and it has grabbed its share of attention since being listed for sale here on eBay. The Cutlass is located in Euclid, Ohio, and bidding has reached $6,601 in this No Reserve auction.

When the original owner purchased the Inca Silver Cutlass back in 1976, it was a vehicle that he regularly used for the next 5-years. It was then only brought out of the garage on limited occasions to keep the fluids moving. He had the car rust-proofed when it was 2-years-old, which has helped it survive with no rust to this day. The Olds isn’t perfect, but it is a long way above average condition. The paint shines beautifully, with no signs of significant scratches or marks. The panels are straight, and the Black vinyl top is in excellent order. The only sign of any potential issues that I can spot is that the bumper fillers and bumper extensions on both ends of the car have become discolored. This can be a precursor to them starting to crumble, which is not an uncommon problem. They might be okay, but the buyer might also need to locate replacement parts. These are readily available, so this shouldn’t be a problem. However, they might need nothing more than a repaint to return them to their best. The trim and chrome appear to be in excellent condition, and there are no glass issues.

The interior of the Cutlass packs a pleasant surprise because its condition is extremely impressive. The only noticeable flaw is a couple of seam separations on the front seat. These might be able to be repaired, but I do have my doubts. The buyer might choose to fit an aftermarket slip-cover over the offending area, or they could replace the cover entirely. A new cover in the correct color and material pattern can be found for $320, so that isn’t a huge outlay. The remaining upholstery, the carpet, and the headliner are close to perfect. The dash and pad are equally as impressive, while there is no wear on the wheel. The Olds isn’t loaded with luxury appointments, but it does come with air conditioning and an AM radio.

Buyers faced a choice of engines to slot under the hood of their new Cutlass in 1976. This one features the 350ci V8, which should be producing 170hp. Throw in a 3-speed Hydramatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes, and this should be a pretty relaxed cruiser. It can never be classed as a high-performance model because it does tip the scales at 3,999lbs. This means that the journey down the ¼ mile takes 18.3 seconds. This is a car that comes with a lot of good points. The original owner used it regularly, and up until 1981, he managed to accrue 22,000 miles. From then on, it was used sparingly and has only traveled a further 3,000 miles in the past 39-years. This has been just enough to keep all of the fluids moving and to keep the car in a mechanically sound state. It has recently been fitted with new tires and a new battery, and it has also been serviced. It seems that this is a classic that is ready to be driven and enjoyed because the seller claims that you could drive it anywhere without even thinking about lifting the hood. Included in the sale is a comprehensive collection of documentation that appears to track this car’s history right from day one.

This 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is a turn-key proposition that is ready to be driven and enjoyed. It appears that it has led a sheltered life, and lifting its presentation from its current impressive level to something close to perfect should not be a difficult or expensive undertaking. There have already been 33 bids submitted on the vehicle, with three of those coming in the time that it has taken me to write this article. That is an indication of just how impressive the Cutlass is and why it is worth serious consideration.


  1. Big_Fun Member

    I love the color combination. I distinctly remember Dad buying a brown hue, even though Mom wanted silver. My brother had a silver ’76 Monte, but the factory had repainted it by ’79. I believe the GM silvers had a reputation of peeling. Delamination – was that the official term?
    The brother’s car had a full black vinyl top, with black cloth. I like this landau with the white.
    Of course, silver rally wheels may have ro be sourced for a more sporty vibe.
    This is the same seller of the 1978 Riviera posted, they find a few oldies to sell among their everyday mobiles…

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  2. Bob C.

    I always like the earlier colonnade Cutlasses better , but they still shined through their final year.

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  3. Jcs

    Yep, number one selling car throughout the mid to late 70s, they were indeed everywhere – for good reason. Comfortable, reliable nice driving cars.

    While just a tad plain looking, this example should still serve someone very well.

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  4. Miguel

    From the outside it look like the car I took my first ever driving test on. That car was a Brougham with the wire wheels and the nice blue interior.

    The car was so easy to drive, I got 100% on the test.

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  5. Billy Fleming

    I took my drivers test in a 1977. It was black with a black vinyl interior, and a black vinyl half top. It was Mom’s first new car.

  6. Vance Richard Snyder

    Came from a Blue Oval family, but always like this year of Cutlass. The waterfall grille accented the square headlights had a more elegant look. These were good looking, nice driving cars that Oldsmobile was known for. Sportier than Buick, step up on Chevrolet, about equal with Pontiac. Good times to be with GM, and the good times were soon coming to an end. Very nice car that brings back good memories.

  7. Patrick Curran

    This one has a genuine Oldsmobile engine too!

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  8. Rixx56 Member

    Have one; 40+ years now! Supreme
    Brougham; blue with velour & t-tops.
    The 350 woke up abit when rebuilt…
    30 over TRW 10 1/4 forged pistons,
    .492 lift cam, some head work, a 373
    geared 10 bolt posi from a Pontiac.
    A shift kit in the Turbo 350 has both
    2nd & 3rd chirping. Definitely a heavy
    car, so Nitrous didn’t hurt at all…

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  9. Racingpro56 Member

    I miss Oldsmobile (excluding Aleros). Owned a Cutlass and a Regal from this era…excellent cruisers and attractive, comfortable, reliable cars. OK I didn’t actually own them, my mom did. But I especially liked the large, comfortable back seats but my priorities were somewhat different back in those days. Looks like a good deal at that price.

  10. Mike

    This is a nice example of the Cutlass family of cars. I have owned two 1971 models, 1 two door S model and 1 four door, a 1972 two door that I restored and now own a 1963 F85 Cutlass convertible. Guess you can say I am an Oldsmobile guy. Was sorry to see the brand go away

  11. Andrew Franks Member

    Oldsmobile being itself. I had a ’79 brougham. Absolutely buy this car and enjoy. You will have trouble free miles. Put a timing chain in at 120,000 to
    be assured of another 100,000 miles of trouble free driving. The car is tire
    sensitive so watch what you put on its rims. I don’t have a recommendation but mine had Good Years and they were fine. for whatever it’s worth.

  12. ADM

    If you like this style, this is the year to get. For 1977, GM went on a cost cutting spree, that included a weaker, re-cast block, and TH200 transmissions behind some of the V8’s, that were not exclusive to their own division, anymore.

  13. David Miraglia

    Favorite Cutlass design.

  14. Lance Platt

    Love the square, formal styling…much better for headroom in a coupe than today’s turtle shaped cars. Condition appears excellent. 350 engine, automatic and air conditioning..checks all the right boxes. Personally, not a fan of silver that gets lost in a parking lot. Just pray GM makes a medium sized car like this again.

  15. Jim Megivern

    I own a 1976 Olds Cutlass myself. I purchased back in 1979. Same color with T-Tops and silver vinyl top . Black interior. This car was $11,000 back when it was new .

    • ADM

      As you know, prices skyrocketed for new cars, back in the ’70’s. My neighbor bought a brand new ’72 Olds 98, for $7200, and we thought that was pretty crazy money, back then.

  16. David G. Revel

    I bought a “new” one with 5,000 miles from its’ loaner status to a local high school. Silver with a burgundy landau top and matching burgundy velour interior. Alas, I couldn’t keep it forever but I still have the memories.

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