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Tucked Away in ’89: Olds Cutlass S Convertible


It’s rare that we find project cars seemingly put away for safe-keeping when the owner realizes he’s not going to put it back together any time soon. This 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass “S” convertible here on eBay is far from original, but it does look like it’s well on its way to being a presentable driver that you won’t be afraid to modify. It’s available in Pennsylvania with a $7,000 Buy-It-Now and the option to submit a best offer. 


Here’s the ‘ol girl being rolled out of the garage for the first time since 1989, when she last turned a wheel. Interestingly, the rear quarters were either replaced or refreshed with new metal before the car went into storage, but that’s about where work stopped. At some point, a non-matching engine was swapped in, but at least the 425 cu in mill should provide reasonable scoot. Perhaps it came from a Riviera?


Whoo, check out those seat covers! You can swap those out if red shag isn’t your thing. Supposedly, there was a patch welded in at some point on the passenger side floor. It’s anyone’s guess if that means the floor is overall solid, or if the old patchwork might need to be re-done. I can see some discoloration from this angle, but it could just be dirt. Or maybe I’m just distracted by the bench seat cover!


The Cutlass will need a new top, but it does at least come with a limited slip rear end and a boatload of spare parts, not limited to an extra transmission and re-chromed bumpers. This absolutely feels like a project that stalled and either the seller is moving on or someone passed away. The next owner will get a car that is represented as being generally solid with enough spares to make it worth while. Would you throw an offer at this Cutlass convertible?



  1. Poppy

    Definitely not a Buick 425. Olds had their own 425. I see remnants of an AC system on the firewall, but no compressor. Bringing this back to life shouldn’t be too hard if it’s bought right. Just realize a decent driver can be had for twice the BIN price.

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  2. Mr. Bond

    Great memories of my 1969 442 convertible. Yes, I wish I hadn’t let it go for $650 in 1979.

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  3. ccrvtt

    I had a ’69 coupe in college which I absolutely loved. I would give up my Corvette for a pristine example of a ’69 Cutlass or 442 convertible. Unfortunately Poppy (above) is right. A good one could be had for a lot less than what it’s going to take to make this one presentable.

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  4. Van

    This is a great project.
    I’m sure it has drum brakes.
    Perfect oportunity to do a restoration over time.
    Get it running and drivable, use a rattle can paint rap.
    Take your time.
    Sorry guys, drum brakes, bench seat, wrong engine, nothing to save. Build what you want.
    I’d go with as many factory options from 69-77 that I could fit.

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  5. Chuck hills

    My aunt had a blue 1969 cutlass s conv man that car was sharp crome draped fenders buckets floor shift white interior whit top superb vehicle rocket 350 automatic loved riding in the car down the hiway with the top down

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