Two Doors Too Many? 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Station Wagon

UPDATE: There are quite a few images with this listing, interior and engine included (Yes it’s a Chevy engine). Sorry for the confusion. I could not, and still cannot, access them via my laptop for whatever reason but could with my iPhone. Be sure to check them out as the portray a more thorough representation of this unique vehicle.

 

Sometimes you may wish for a certain model or design of a car that is long gone and no longer produced. Most of us have to make do with what is currently offered or what we can dredge up from the past. Others, however, make their own way as well as their own car. For example, want a late model, two-door station wagon, and can’t find one? No worries, make your own just like this 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass custom two-door station wagon. This unicorn is located in Belmont, New Hampshire, and is available here on Facebook Marketplace for $8,200 OBO. Thanks to Paul S. for this most unique tip!

A two-door station wagon sometimes referred to as a shooting-brake, has been gone from our domestic shores for some time now. They occupied multiple different platform sizes from full-size cars all the way down to sub-compacts. While a seemingly incongruous combination, a two-door coupe kit-bashed together with a station wagon, they had and have a following. That said, it’s not the most functional design. Unfortunately, our seller has only included three images with his listing so I’ll work around his description as best I can. As can be seen in the above image, here’s how this ’81 Olds Cutlass wagon would have originally looked. It’s a standard GM “G” body arrangement from the early ’80s (It was an “A” body but the newly introduced Chevrolet Celebrity and its cross GM spawn, the Pontiac 6000, Oldsmobile Ciera and Buick Century snagged the “A” definition relegating the old rear-wheel-drive platform to the “G” designation). Anyway, it was a pretty ho-hum design like most of GM’s line-up from that era. Perfectly functional mind you, it did what it was supposed to do, haul families and their stuff around, about that’s about the size of it.

To add a bit of mystery to this concoction, the nose piece of this wagon is not the design used originally on the ’81 Cutlass station wagon, it is more similar to the grille and bumper that was employed on the Cutlass Calais or Supreme coupe.

Well, from California, here it comes! Some enterprising individual on our nation’s west coast took a torch, air chisel, cutting wheel and who knows what else and created this fantastic looking “What if Oldsmobile had done this?” station wagon. There is no description of how this car was created so that’s a matter of inquiry but the seller invites a request for details. Under the hood is a 350 CI V8 which I’ll assume is a Chevy small block (what else, right?). Oldsmobile offered three different V8 engines for the Cutlass in ’81, both 260 and a 307 CI Olds sourced gasoline engines and an Olds mangled 350 CI diesel. Yes, this custom could harbor an Oldsmobile 350 motor but I’m betting it’s the ubiquitous Chevrolet variant. There are no images but the seller states that the engine, which has accumulated only 5K miles, has an Edelbrock carburetor and a custom exhaust system. He also mentions that it drives through an automatic transmission. He further adds, “Runs great, Lights, brakes heat and ac all work as they should.”

As for the interior, the seller indicates that there are “lots of custom features” including a Kenwood CD player and  Bluetooth connectivity. He further adds that even though this Olds is now domiciled in New Hampshire, it has never seen a New England winter as it has been properly stored and maintained. This wagon is way cool, I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s a perfect blend of shapes and lines offset beautifully with its orange/red finish, black trim and black American Racing wheels. And from what can be seen in the three accompanying images, the metalwork is brilliant, someone really knew what they were doing. This Oldsmobile Cutlass wagon is definitely worth a closer look, don’t you think?

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Comments

  1. bud lee

    If I had to guess , most of this car started life as an Elcamino

    Like 3
    • Warren Timothy Beam

      I would love a Cutlass/ El Camino version!

    • MorganW Morgan Winter Member

      That would have been the hard way to do it…it’s just a 4-door wagon that was welded/bondoed up. Looks like nice work, though.

      Like 4
  2. Miguel

    “lots of custom features” including a Kenwood CD player and Bluetooth connectivity.

    A radio is now a custom feature.

    Like 11
  3. Mark

    Uh. Yeah. Interesting……

    Like 3
  4. Steve

    Don’t know what you were looking at there’s at least a dozen pictures with the ad. Nice interior work to cover the back doors.

    • ruxvette

      Don’t know what you were looking at but i only saw 4 pictures of the car. I agree the workmanship looks pretty good.

    • Jim ODonnell Staff

      Steve:

      Note my revision at the intro.

      JO

  5. mike b

    Might have been more impressive in the early ’80s. Looks like the New England equivalent of a moonshine runner.

    Like 2
  6. GMoparman

    Not enough doors.

    Like 3
  7. Gord

    correct me if i am wrong but.. this is just a 4 door with rear doors “shut” (weld/bondo) and a cutlass supreme nose. So the only rear body work is mating the supreme fenders to the front 4 door doors (different curve) Note length on the calais door is MUCH longer … now THAT would have been a feat!
    A common “upgrade” on an el camino from the G body era is to put a GN or regal nose on them. Similar thing. GLWTS

    Like 4
  8. Dave

    This looks like something from a ’80s Sci-Fi B movie.

    Like 4
    • bowmade

      rough this up a bit and you could have the makings of a cool Mad Max vehicle.

  9. geezerglide85

    Looks to me like it started out as a 4 door wagon and had the rear doors welded up.
    They did a nice job with the body work though. I’ve also seen this done using doors from a 2 door, better proportions, but a lot more work.

    Like 4
  10. sir mike

    Olds panel delivery….nice job builder

    Like 5
  11. KC John

    It looks like it started as a 4dr Malibu wagon. Olds clip. Not real difficult. We’ve hung this nose and Buick clips on el camino a couple times. Turns heads.

    Like 3
  12. Clay Harvey

    Can’t see the pictures, no way to open them

  13. Ken

    Hard pass.

    Like 1
  14. PairsNPaint

    Definitely a welded up 4 door. Pass.

    Like 1
  15. Bob

    Cutless?

  16. Mike Hartman

    It’s a wagon made into a sedan delivery. Sedan deliveries were meant to deliver goods and advertising for businesses with signs painted on the side panels. In 1928 Chevy came out with the official sedan delivery. I’ve owned them from the 50s all the way to a 65 Falcon. Many 70s and 80s B body wags were converted into this configuration…Malibus, Cutlasses and Buick wagons. I’ve seen even the smaller models from 84 up done as well. Some did have el Camino doors installed for the longer stylish look. And the longer 2 door sedan doors as well. The above delivery is a custom configuration like a zillion other vehicles done since they were invented. I had a 92 Buick Roadmaster that I made into a 2 door delivery. It got lots of attention for my pinstriping biz with the flames and signs on the sides.

    Like 2
  17. Robert

    This is why I like this website.

    Like 1
  18. WILLIAM BABYAK

    Any idea what the rear interior looks like?

  19. Paul

    I’m currently the owner of the car. It is a Cutlass Cruiser with a Supreme front. Has a 350ci bolted to a TH350 tranny. Motor and Transmission are fresh rebuilds with only 5k miles on them. Over the winter it’s going to be getting a new motor.

    Like 1
    • IfItAintBrokeDon'tFixIt

      If “Motor and Transmission are fresh rebuilds with only 5k miles on them”, why “Over the winter it’s going to be getting a new motor.”?

  20. John Gregory White

    Put in a Olds 455, a Tremec Magnum T56, change colour to black with W25 hood and gold strips, add a coffin in the back and call it HURST/OLDS. LOL

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