1987 olds 442 specs

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Junkyard Gem: Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

The Oldsmobile Cutlasswas once the best-selling carin the United States, topping the sales charts in and , but the Cutlassname spiraled down into incoherence and, eventually, irrelevance during the s. By , there were three unrelated vehicles bearing the Cutlass name: the ChevyCelebrity-based Cutlass Ciera, the N-body Cutlass Calais, and the G-body Cutlass Supreme. The last of the three kept rear-wheel-drive (and at least the possibilityof a V8 engine) through the model year. Here's a G-body Cutlass Supreme from the last couple of years of production, spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service yard.

I'd like to say that this car has a rampaging V8 under the hood, but it's the liter Buick V6that became GM'smost versatile engine starting in the s. This engine was rated at horsepower in Buickwas getting hp (or more) out of a turbocharged version of the in the Cutlass Supreme-sibling RegalGNX in

There's plenty of blue velour and plastic "chrome" in this car's interior.

Extremely fake wood? Of course!

Nearly every GM car of the late s has the sagging-headliner problem. Fortunately, you can use thumbtacks to keep the cloth from dangling into your eyes while driving.

These cars are still popular among drag racers today, but the sedans are heavier than coupes and so rough 4-doors tend to get scrapped. The other midsize rear-wheel-drive Detroit cars that competed with the Cutlass Supreme didn't last much longer; the Dodge Diplomat's last year was , while the Fox-platform FordLTD hung on until just

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GR Auto Gallery is pleased to present this Oldsmobile Cutlass Coupe. This is a 3-owner car that originated in North Carolina then spent time in Ohio from ''13 when it was brought to Michigan by the third and current owner. The G-Body was made from and came fully loaded power steering, power brakes, power windows, power locks, power seats, cruise control (not currently working), and A/C (not currently working). It also features a ci hp V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic with overdrive.

The third owner/current owner spent a lot of time and money bringing this up to its show quality presentation with a fully repaint in the original colors, rebuilt the engine and transmission, installed new carpet and other interior cosmetic items. It is not a trailer queen but is certainly worthy of presenting at a car show and being proud of it. It comes complete with the owner's manual, both sets of keys, and a folder full of receipts for restorations and maintenance upkeep. An advisor of the Oldsmobile Club of America is quoted; “The rare G-Body 's are a great bang for your buck and will continue to increase in value as time goes on”. Grab this one now before the prices climb higher!

To see over 80 photos of this car, including under carriage please visit our website www.grautogallery.com

This vehicle is located at our Metro Detroit facility.

Gr Auto Gallery, LLC and our sister company, Wheelz Sales and Leasing Inc. makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. Unless otherwise noted, All vehicles are sold AS IS, No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales final.





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87 Cutlass LS build bio


Oldsmobile downsized the Cutlass in along with GM&#;s other A-body intermediates. The new Cutlasses were closer in size to the old Y-body senior compacts, inches (5, mm) on a inch (2,mm) wheelbase. The smaller dimensions did not dampen the cars&#; popularity; Oldsmobile sales topped a million units in both and , more than half of which were Cutlasses.

Eager to exploit the apparent power of the Cutlass name, Oldsmobile applied it across a broad swath of its line-up. By , there was both a front-drive A-body Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera and the rear-drive Cutlass Supremes and Cutlass Salons; they had little in common except the name.

In a fit of nostalgia, Oldsmobile revived the in as an option on the rear-drive Cutlass Salon coupe. Returning to something like the original meaning of the designation, the new had a four-barrel carburetor, four-on-the-floor (albeit an overdrive automatic, not a close-ratio Muncie), and dual exhaust. The engine was now Oldsmobile&#;s cu. in. (5, cc) small-block V8 with net horsepower ( kW). Even by standards, its performance was not exceptional; Car and Driver&#;s test car ran from mph ( km/h) in around 9 seconds and had a top speed of mph ( km/h). It handling was nothing special either, but the limited run of 3, cars sold out quickly. It received an encore in , little changed, and appeared again in , its last bow. The last rear-drive Cutlasses died the following year, along with the final G-body Monte Carlo and the Buick Regal, Grand National, and GNX.

 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon front 3q
The mid-eighties was an option package for the rear-drive Cutlass Salon in and ; the package was offered on the cheaper Cutlass Supreme coupe instead. Production totaled about 3, in , a bit under 4, in , and about 4, in (Photo: &#; Olds &#; © Bamman; resized and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Generic license)

By then, Oldsmobile had hit the wall. The Olds brand had already become rather anonymous and Roger Smith&#;s mid-eighties reorganization stripped it of any remaining distinction from its Chevrolet and Buick stablemates. Increasingly anonymous styling and lackluster performance didn&#;t help and most yuppie buyers ignored Olds completely. Its traditional customer base was aging and the division was no longer adding many new buyers. Sales tumbled by more than 35% in , falling an additional 20% the following year.

Noting the success of the front-drive, N-body Pontiac Grand Am, which Pontiac had successful marketed as a poor man&#;s BMW, Oldsmobile revived the nameplate in Now called &#;Quad ,&#; it was based on Oldsmobile&#;s own N-body, the Cutlass Calais, powered by the Olds-designed Quad 4 engine with horsepower ( kW). This time, Olds claimed the designation meant four cylinders, four valves per cylinder, and two overhead camshafts, but buyers were not convinced. Sales were dismal and the Quad vanished after

The Cutlass name, now diluted beyond recognition, slowly faded away in the nineties. The Cutlass Ciera died in , the Cutlass Supreme the following year. The last Cutlass, a clone of the undistinguished N-body Chevrolet Malibu, ended production in

Oldsmobile spent much of the decade trying to reposition itself as GM&#;s sophisticated &#;import-fighter&#; division with the sleek new Aurora luxury sedan and the midsize Intrigue. It was to little avail. The middle-class customers who had made Olds so successful in earlier years had since turned to Japanese sedans like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

In December , GM announced that it was pulling the plug on the Oldsmobile division. Production ended in April


Despite its remarkable longevity, the Oldsmobile remains one of the more obscure Detroit Supercars, perpetually overshadowed by the GTO and the big-engine Mopars. In some respects, it was a better car, but its conservative looks, obscure name &#; even Oldsmobile often seemed unsure what &#;&#; meant and it didn&#;t exactly roll off the tongue &#; and half-hearted marketing left it feeling a little stolid.

By contrast, the same middle-of-the-road quality that kept the from being a serious contender was exactly what made the regular Oldsmobile Cutlass such a success. The Cutlass was a thoroughly ordinary car, but it made a decent stab at being all things to all people, offering everything from Vista Cruiser station wagons to personal luxury coupes. It was much like that great exemplar of American culture, the all-you-can-eat buffet; the food wasn&#;t great, but there was something for everyone and the price was right.

Unfortunately, in its pursuit of the mass market, Oldsmobile sacrificed any semblance of brand identity. When it began losing its traditional buyers, it had no outstanding qualities to attract new ones. Later offerings like the Intrigue were competent, but not exceptional. In some ways, they were just as good as their Japanese rivals, but there was no compelling reason to buy one instead of a Camry or Maxima, so few buyers did.

We&#;ve said before that the blind pursuit of greater volume is a perilous endeavor. In the short term, it can be extremely lucrative, but the tastes of the mass market are always changing and if you sacrifice too much of your brand identity, you&#;ll have nothing left when their attention shifts elsewhere. It&#;s too late now for Oldsmobile &#; and perhaps GM &#; to learn this lesson, but Toyota and Honda would be well advised to pay close attention.



Our sources for the development of the F, Cutlass, and included the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide, Encyclopedia of American Cars: Over 65 Years of Automotive History (Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, ); Linda Clark, &#; Oldsmobile Muscling in on the Ponycars,&#; Special Interest Auto #69 (June ), reprinted in Cutlass And Muscle Portfolio , ed. R.M. Clarke (Cobham, England: Brooklands Books Ltd., ca. ), pp. ; Daniel Strohl, &#;Objectified Oldsmobile,&#; Hemmings Muscle Machines November ; and Helen Jones Earley and James R. Walkinshaw, Setting the Pace: Oldsmobile&#;s First Years (Lansing, MI: Oldsmobile Division of General Motors Corporation, ). Additional details came from the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide, Auto &#;90 Vol. No. 1 (), and Encyclopedia of American Cars: Over 65 Years of Automotive History (Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, ); Keith Dickson, &#;OLDSmobility &#; The Oldsmobile Cutlass and Resource&#; (3 March , www.oldsmobility. com, accessed 9 February ); James M. Flammang, &#; Oldsmobile F Jetfire: First Wave of the Future,&#; Collectible Automobile Vol. 19, No. 6 (April ), pp. ; John Gunnell, ed., Standard Catalog of American Cars , Rev. fourth edition (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, ); John Heilig, &#;Cutlass Supremacy: The Story of Oldsmobile&#;s Intermediates,&#; Collectible Automobile Vol. 22, No. 2 (August ), pp. 8–21; Tim Howley, &#; Oldsmobile Jetfire: Turbo Before Its Time,&#; Special Interest Autos # (March-April ), reprinted in The Hemmings Book of Oldsmobiles: driveReports from Hemmings Special Interest Autos magazine, ed. Terry Ehrich (Bennington, VT: Hemmings Motor News, ); John Lee, &#;The J-2 Rocket Engine,&#; Special Interest Autos # (November-December ), reprinted in ibid; &#;Olds FAQ &#; &#; (10 October , Oldsmobile Mail List Server Community, The Olds FAQ, www com/ oldsfaq/ofhtm, last accessed 8 February ); and B.T. Van Kirk, &#; Hurst/Oldsmobile: Executive Hot Rod,&#; Collectible Automobile Vol. 17, No. 3 (October ), pp. Former Pontiac ad executive Jim Wangers also offered some useful observations about the late John Beltz in a telephone conversation with the author on 17 September

Information about the Vought F7U Cutlass came from Greg Goebel, &#;[] Crusader in Development,&#; v, Air Vectors, 1 December , www.airvectors .net/avcrus_1.html, accessed 1 December ; Jim Winchester, &#;Type Analysis: F7U Cutlass: The Navy&#;s &#;widowmaker,'&#; International Air Power Review Vol. 15 (), pp. 98–; and the Wikipedia® entry (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F7U_Cutlass, accessed 8 February ). Background on the abortive McDonnell XF Goblin came from Joe Baugher, &#;McDonnell XP/XF Goblin,&#; www.joebaugher. com/ usaf_fighters/phtml, accessed 8 February

We consulted the following period road tests: &#;Car Life Road Test: Oldsmobile F Jetfire,&#; Car Life Vol. 10, No. 4 (April ), pp. ; &#;Oldsmobile F&#; Motor Trend February ; &#;Car Life Road Test: Oldsmobile F,&#; Car Life May ; &#;Oldsmobile F,&#; Car and Driver May ; Bob McVay, &#;Oldsmobile F Cutlass: Softly sprung F offers luxury and performance sans blower,&#; Motor Trend July , reprinted in Oldsmobile Automobiles (Brooklands Road Test Books), ed. R.M. Clarke (Cobham, England: Brooklands Books Ltd., ca. ); &#;Oldsmobile Cutlass Springs and Things Put This Olds Right &#;Where the Action Is,'&#; Car Life August ; Bob McVay, &#;Hot Olds F Cutlass Road Test,&#; Motor Trend September ; &#;Car and Driver Road Test: Olds A comprehensive, sophisticated package of options, aimed right at the Pontiac GTO market,&#; Car and Driver May ; &#;Car Life Road Test: Oldsmobile Cutlass Handle Bars Make the Difference,&#; Car Life May ; Bob McVay, &#;Olds F Mighty , a real driver&#;s machine, fuses lightning-fast performance, excellent handling with family comfort and utility,&#; Motor Trend May ; John Ethridge, &#;Olds Road Test (The &#;2&#; could also stand for &#;dual personality&#;),&#; Motor Trend June ; &#;Car Life Road Test: Tri-Power Oldsmobile&#;s Performer Meets the Challenge,&#; Car Life August ; John Ethridge, &#;Olds swings a pair of keen Cutlasses,&#; Motor Trend February ; Roger Huntington, &#;Turnpike Cruiser: Oldsmobile Designs a Long-Legged, Strong-Willed Gas Miser,&#; Car Life April ; &#;Cutlass (Kut&#;las), n. a short, heavy, slightly curved steel weapon,&#; Road Test February ; &#;Car Life Road Test: The Handler: Olds Long one of America&#;s most surefooted Supercars, this swift new version still shows its claws in corners&#;, Car Life June ; Mal Bracken, &#;The Opulent Olds Cutlass SX,&#; Motorcade April ; Joe Oldham, &#;Hurricane Outrageous&#;the &#;O&#; is for Dr. Oldsmobile&#;s stormin&#; W,&#; Cars August , reprinted in Cutlass And Muscle Portfolio , ed. R.M. Clarke (Cobham, England: Brooklands Books Ltd., ca. ); &#;Car Life Road Test: Oldsmobile Cutlass Holiday,&#; Car Life December ; Eric Dahlquist, &#;Olds ,&#; Hot Rod March ; Danny Collins, &#;Olds Rocket Launcher,&#; Auto Topics September ; &#;Car and Driver Road Test: Oldsmobile ,&#; Car and Driver December ; Bill Sanders, &#;Olds ,&#; Motor Trend October ; &#;Olds W As if W wasn&#;t hot enough,&#; Road Test, March ; &#;Car Life Road Test: The Great Escape: If we had a getaway to make, we&#;d do it in a W ,&#; Car Life March ; &#;RT/Test Report: Olds ,&#; Road Test May , reprinted in Oldsmobile Muscle Portfolio , ed. R.M. Clarke (Cobham, England: Brooklands Books Ltd., ca. ); Martyn L. Schorr, &#;CARS Road Test: 1, Miles in a Olds,&#; Hi-Performance Cars April ; Bill Hartford, &#;Popular Mechanics Owner&#;s Report: What Cutlass Owners Say About Their Cars: Olds Cutlass: Performance Yes, Economy No!&#; Popular Mechanics May ; &#;We compare the $4, American Sport Sedans: Cyclone GT &#; GTA &#; GTO &#; &#; GS &#; SS &#; GTX &#; R/T &#; Rebel,&#; Road Test June ; David E. Davis, Jr., &#;Modern Muscle: Grab your Frankie Valli cassettes and we&#;ll see you at the beach,&#; Car and Driver Vol. 31, No. 1 (July ), pp. ; Michael Jordan, &#;Oldsmobile Lean, mean, and born to run,&#; Car and Driver Vol. 23, No. 8 (February ), pp. ; Alex Meredith, &#;SIA comparisonReport: GTO vs. First-Generation Muscle Machines,&#; Special Interest Autos # (March-April ), pp. 18–26; and Bill Sanders, &#;Now You Can Have It Too: Econoperforleration* (*Economy, Performance, Acceleration): Oldsmobile Has Added It for ,&#; Motor Trend Vol. 20, No. 7 (July ), pp. 94–


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Main article: Oldsmobile Cutlass

Motor vehicle

The Oldsmobile (also known as the ) is a muscle car produced by Oldsmobile between the and model years. Introduced as an option package for US-sold F and Cutlass models, it became a model in its own right from to , spawned the Hurst/Olds in , then reverted to an option through the mids. The name was revived in the s on the rear-wheel driveCutlass Supreme and early s as an option package for the new front-wheel driveCutlass Calais.

The "" name (pronounced "Four-four-two") derives from the original car's four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts [1][2][3] (Some maintain that the '2' indicated a limited-slip differential). It was originally written "" (with badging showing hyphens between the numerals),[1] and remained hyphenated throughout Oldsmobile's use of the designation. Beginning in , the s standard transmission was a three-speed manual along with an optional two-speed automatic and four-speed manual, but were still badged as ""s. Because of this change, from on, according to Oldsmobile brochures and advertisements, the designation referred to the cubic inch engine, four-barrel carburetor, and dual exhausts. By badging was shortened to simply "", but Oldsmobile brochures and internal documents continued to use the "" model designation.[4]

First generation[edit]

Motor vehicle


Oldsmobile 2-door hardtop

The was born out of competition between Pontiac and Oldsmobile divisions of GM. The high performance GTO version of the Pontiac LeMansintermediate had proved an unexpected success midway through the model year. Oldsmobile's hasty response was to beef up their own popular Cutlass, a task given to a team led by performance enthusiast and Olds engineer John Beltz (later responsible for the distinctive and powerful Toronado), aided by Dale Smith and division chief engineer Bob Dorshimer.[5]

Contrasted with the Tempest LeMans GTO with its cubic inch V-8 (introduced in September, [6] as an option package), the Oldsmobile offering was a conservative package. Technically the "B09 Police Apprehender Pursuit"[7] option, it used the four-barrel carbureted &#;CID (&#;L) V8 with heavy-duty valve gear, and a hotter camshaft, raising rated (SAE gross) output to &#;hp (&#;kW) at 5,&#;rpm. Torque remained &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m), although the torque peak rose from &#;rpm to &#;rpm. Also included was a stiffened frame, adjustable pinion angle by way of added holes in the frame mounts for the rear upper control arms, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, a heavy duty drive shaft connected to a rear end, oversized brakes ( vs sq.in lining area) and the heavy-duty police-package suspension, with heavy duty wheels, higher-rate coil springs front and rear, heavy-duty shock absorbers, a larger front anti-roll bar, an additional rear anti-roll bar bolted to a fully boxed lower control arm, and dual snorkel air cleaner. Two-speed windshield wipers, A/C, an AM/FM radio, an electronic trunk opener, and a tilt steering wheel were optional.[7] Unlike the model built in Lansing, the does not have an option code on the data plate. There is documentation available showing that the was built in both Lansing and Fremont.

The package was dubbed based on its combination of four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts.[1][8][3] It was available on any F or Cutlass model except the station wagon, although most were Cutlass hardtopcoupés (Oldsmobile archives indicate that approximately 10 four-door sedans were built with the B09 option).

Motor Trend tested an early with a rear axle (standard ratio was ) and found that the 3,lb (1,&#;kg) car ran 0–60&#;mph (0–96&#;km/h) in seconds,[7] the standing quarter mile in seconds at 90&#;mph (&#;km/h), and reached a top speed of &#;mph (&#;km/h). A total of 2, were sold.


With the GTO receiving GM corporate sanction to receive their full-sized car's V-8,[9] Oldsmobile followed suit and replaced the 's standard &#;CID with the new &#;CID (&#;L). The definition of "" was then restated as referring to cubic inches, a four-barrel carburetor (a cfm Rochester four-jet),[5] and two exhausts.[citation needed] Output for the big engine rose to &#;hp (&#;kW) and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m). The standard transmission became a three-speed manual with column shifter, with a floor shifter four-speed and Oldsmobile's two-speed Jetawayautomatic transmission as optional. A heavy duty three-speed with Hurst floor shifter was introduced as a mid-year option.

Oldsmobile convertible

Other touches added to the were chrome body side scoops adorned with badging, chambered dual exhaust pipes, chrome single snout air cleaner, and badging on the dash. Late in the year option N98 was added, which were chrome 14&#;in ×&#;6&#;in (&#;mm ×&#;&#;mm) wheels. It also offered standard bucket seats when optioned on the Cutlass[5] and a 6, rpm tachometer, mounted in the optional console, more as decoration than for usefulness.[5] Retractable front seat belts were optional.[7] The turning diameter was 41 feet.[1]

Modern Rod tested a F85 with the four-speed manual, slicks, and headers and obtained a quarter mile acceleration of seconds at &#;mph (&#;km/h); Car Life's automatic ran the quarter mile in seconds at 89&#;mph (&#;km/h), with a 0 to 60&#;mph time of seconds. Car and Driver tested a and did 0–60&#;mph in seconds.[7]

Offered in four body styles, sales rose to 25,, including 3, convertibles.[5]


The shared a modest facelift with other Cutlasses. It came with a ci L78 V8 rated at &#;hp (&#;kW)/&#;lb•ft with a single four-barrel carburetor. Two new optional ci engines offered even higher performance: the &#;hp (&#;kW) L69, with three two-barrel Rochester 2GC carburetors on a progressive linkage and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) of torque, which was priced at US$,[10] and the rare W30.

The W30 engine added an outside-air induction system (admitting cool air to the carburetors via tubing from the front grill) and a hotter cam, under-rated as producing the same &#;hp (&#;kW) as the L The battery was relocated to the trunk to make room for the air hoses, which prevented the package from being ordered on convertible models. Only 54 W30s were built by the factory, although an additional 97 were produced for dealer installation.

The standard transmission was a three-speed manual with column shift and the two-speed Jetaway automatic with switch-pitch torque converter was optional. Hurst shifters became standard equipment with floor-mounted manual transmissions including the optional heavy-duty three-speed, M wide-ratio four-speed or M close-ratio four-speed. The standard horsepower engine could be ordered with any of the four transmissions, while only manual transmissions could be ordered with the L69 three two-barrel option.

Inside, a revised instrument panel featured two round pods for the speedometer and other instruments, replacing the horizontal sweep speedometer of –65 models, but the rest of the basic dashboard designed was unchanged. F models had base interiors with bench seats and rubber floor mats while the more lavish Cutlass versions came with full carpeting and featured Strato bucket seats of a new design with higher and thinner seat backs, or a no-cost bench seat option. Head rests were an option.[7]

Car Life tested an L69 with four-speed transmission and obtained a 0–60 time of seconds and a quarter mile of seconds at 97&#;mph (&#;km/h).[7]Motor Trend's similar test car ran 0–60&#;mph in seconds, with a quarter mile time of seconds at &#;mph (&#;km/h).

Production slumped to 21, The still constituted only about 10 percent of Cutlass sales.


For the 's styling and base engine remained the same, save for minor trim changes, a distinctive louvered hood, and an increase in intake valve size to from The three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission with Switch Pitch became available, replacing the two-speed Switch Pitch Jetaway, as was the case with the mid-sized muscle cars from other GM divisions (Pontiac GTO, Chevrolet Chevelle SS, and Buick GS). The heavy-duty floor-mounted three-speed manual transmission was now standard with the Muncie M and M four-speeds optional, all with Hurst shifters. Front disc brakes were a new option.

A GM policy decision banning multiple carburetors for all vehicles except Ed Cole's beloved Corvette and the Corvair saw the demise of the L69 with its triple carburetors, a rare option for Olds and an icon for Pontiacs since The W30 remained available, although the four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor replaced the tri carb setup. New red plastic inner fender liners became part of the W30 package. factory W30 engines were built to meet NHRAhomologation rules, along with an unknown number of dealer-installed packages.

Cars tested a W30 with close-ratio four-speed and rear axle (a dealer-installed only option),[5] obtaining a quarter mile of seconds at &#;mph (&#;km/h) in completely stock form. 0–60&#;mph times were between and seconds.

Unlike in previous years which the option could be ordered on either baseline F or upscale Cutlass models, the package was based on the top-line Cutlass Supreme series, including the sport coupe (with center post), Holiday hardtop coupe and convertible. Standard equipment on all models included Strato bucket seats or no-cost notchback bench seat, full carpeting, expanded Morocceen vinyl upholstery, heavy-duty suspension with rear sway bar, and wide-oval tires.[7]

Like all cars sold in the U.S. for , the came standard with a group of occupant protection and accident avoidance features mandated by Federal law. This package included an energy-absorbing steering column and safety steering wheel, padded dash, recessed controls, four-way hazard flashers, and a dual-circuit brake hydraulic master cylinder.

Production rose somewhat from the previous year, rising to 24,

Second generation[edit]


Motor vehicle

Second generation
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AssemblyLansing, Michigan
Framingham, Massachusetts
Arlington, Texas
Kansas City, Kansas
Fremont, California
Linden, New Jersey
Oshawa, Ontario
Body&#;style2-door Sport coupe (pillars)
2-door Holiday coupe (hardtop)
2-door convertible
Vista Cruiser station wagon ()
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Oldsmobile F
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds
Buick Special
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Engine&#;cu&#;in (&#;L) V8
&#;cu&#;in (&#;L) hp V8[7][11]
Transmission4-speed manual
3-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Wheelbase&#;in (2,&#;mm)[11]
Length&#;in (5,&#;mm)[11]
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Curb&#;weight3, pounds (1,&#;kg)

The became a separate model from through [7] The wheelbase was &#;in (2,&#;mm), and over 33, were sold for Despite the engine displacement staying at &#;CID, the engine was based on the new V8's stroke, with the bore decreased (to ). Torque came at –&#;rpm as opposed to the early 's &#;rpm peak, mostly due to a milder base cam grind. Car Life tested a with a rear axle ratio and Hydramatic and attained 0–60 times of seconds, and a quarter-mile time of seconds at 92&#;mph (&#;km/h). Top speed was reported as &#;mph (&#;km/h). The base engine was still rated at &#;hp (&#;kW), but only with the standard three-speed and optional four-speed; automatics were rated at &#;hp (&#;kW). Ws were rated again at &#;hp (&#;kW). Car Life also tested a four-speed W with a rear end and recorded a at &#;mph (&#;km/h).

All standard engines are painted a bronze–copper color, as with the s, topped with a fire-red air cleaner. W option cars were equipped with ram air intake hoses leading from chrome-topped dual snorkel black air cleaners to special under-bumper air scoops and set off by bright red plastic fender wells. In addition, a Turnpike Cruiser option was made available with a two-barrel carburetor; this was previously available on the Cutlass Supreme for was the first year for side marker lights and front outboard shoulder belts, and the last year for vent windows on hardtops and convertibles. s for had unique rear bumpers, with exhaust cutouts and special exhaust tips.


Main article: Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds

In Oldsmobile partnered with Hurst Performance Research Corporation to create the Hurst/Olds rather than just adding Hurst shifters as with earlier models. The limited regular production run of Hurst/Olds ( Holiday Coupes/56 Sport Coupes) started out as regular s, but were treated to numerous distinct enhancements, both cosmetic and mechanical. All cars were painted Peruvian silver (a Toronado color) with liberal black striping and white pinstripes, exterior and interior H/O badging (unique to ), and a real walnut wood dash insert. Mechanically, the cars left the factory with two drive train combinations. Red &#;CID engines were backed by modified W Turbo automatic transmissions. A/C cars got W engines with rears while non-A/C cars got W engines with rears. While both engines were rated at &#;hp (&#;kW), the W engine received the cylinder heads from the W and the camshaft from the W, making it more suitable for higher rpms. All cars came with bucket seats and a Hurst dual-gate shifter in a mini-console. Also standard were numerous regular options such as disc brakes, heavy duty cooling, and FE2 suspension. They shared the red fender wells and ram air setup with the W Popular, but not standard, additional options included the tick-tock-tach and wood-grained steering wheel. Power front disc brakes were optional.[11]

The Hurst/Olds posted a 0–60&#;mph time of seconds, and turned the 1/4 mile in seconds at &#;mph (&#;km/h).[12]


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Hurst Oldsmobile on display at Ideal Classic Cars in Venice, Florida.

s were very similar to the except the division tooth between the grilles, the trunk lid inlets for the tail lights, wing windows deleted on Holiday Coupes and convertibles, steering lock ignition switch on the steering column, standard headrests were added to the front seats, and the paint scheme. Twin hood stripes were now available to highlight the new dual-bulged hood. The numerals grew to nearly double their previous size. Optional disc brakes had updated single-piston calipers. The exhaust manifolds featured a new center divider for better performance. Other changes to the engine were minimal, but the Turnpike Cruiser option was deleted. A new optional W high-performance engine was available with an automatic; it came with the W's forced air induction system, but had the base engine's milder cam. A total of were built, including 25 sport coupes and convertibles each.

The Hurst/Olds returned, with a cameo white and fire frost gold striped paint scheme, large functional ram air mailbox hood scoops, rear pedestal spoiler, 15" SSII chrome plated rims, European racing mirrors, and a horsepower cid V8 that was detuned slightly from production Hurst/Olds Holiday Coupes were built, plus 6 prototypes and 2 convertibles. Performance was 0–60 in seconds, the 1/4 mile in seconds at &#;mph (&#;km/h).[12]


was the pinnacle of performance from Oldsmobile.[13][14] In order to keep up in the horsepower arms-race, General Motors dropped the cap on engine size in , and Oldsmobile responded by making the Olds V8 the standard engine. Output was &#;hp (&#;kW) and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m), with a &#;hp (&#;kW) variant available with the W30 option. The model year can be identified by its vertical bars in silver grille, rectangular parking lights in front bumper, and vertical tail lights.

The revised body style and increased performance resulted in the being awarded pace car duties at the Indianapolis race in A high-performance W package was offered, which added a fiberglass hood (option W25) with functional air scoops and low-restriction air cleaner, aluminum intake manifold, special camshaft, cylinder heads, distributor, and carburetor. Two W equipped Vista Cruisers were produced by special order. Rear shoulder seat belts were optional at $[7]

Motor Trend tested a W with the four-speed manual transmission and rear gears, clocking a quarter mile time of seconds at &#;mph (&#;km/h). However, the magazine noted that Oldsmobile engineers had earlier posted a best of seconds on the same test car with a fresh tune.

New options for the included GM's variable-ratio power steering (option N47), a console-mounted Hurst Dual/Gate shifter for use with the Turbo Hydra-matic transmission, and aluminum differential housing and cover (option W27). All Oldsmobile V8s received new Positive Valve Rotators[clarification needed] for the s to increase engine valve life.


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Despite an industry-wide softening of muscle car sales, the returned in with only minor modifications from the previous year. Engine output was down for due to a lower compression ratio (), which affected all of GM's engines as the result of a corporate policy requiring engines to run on lower-octane regular leaded, low lead, or unleaded gasoline, in preparation for the introduction of the catalytic converter on model cars. The base was rated at &#;hp (&#;kW), with the W achieving a rating of &#;hp (&#;kW). The W option was downgraded to an aluminum cover for the cast iron differential housing.

The was available in a hardtop coupe and convertible body type. The sport coupe disappeared for the first time since , only to return in Model Year Appearance changes included a black grille with silver surround, silver headlight bezels, round parking lights in front bumper, and horizontal tail lights.

Quarter mile performance as reported by Road Test magazine was seconds at 99&#;mph (&#;km/h), and 0–60&#;mph in seconds, using the TH automatic transmission.


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By , the muscle car era was unmistakably in decline due to the twin blows of rising insurance rates and increasingly stringent Federal emissions standards. The name reverted to an appearance and handling option package (option code W) in on the Cutlass Holiday coupe, Cutlass S sport coupe and Holiday coupe, and Cutlass Supreme convertible. The W option was not available on Cutlass Supreme notchback hardtops. The option package, which carried a modest sticker price of $29,[citation needed] consisted of the "FE2" suspension upgrades (heavy duty springs & shocks, front and rear sway bars, boxed lower rear control arms, and by 7-in [ by mm] wheels), side striping, fender and decklid badging, faux hood louvers, and a unique grille. The rear bumper sported cutouts for exhaust tips, but only when paired with the optional L75&#;CID V8 in place of the standard Oldsmobile V8.

Interior trims differed on each bodystyle, much like the early –66 models. For the base Cutlass hardtop coupe a basic two-spoke steering wheel, vinyl or cloth/vinyl bench seat, and rubber floor mats were standard along; Cutlass S sport coupe and Holiday hardtop coupe featured full carpeting, deluxe steering wheel, courtesy lighting, and bench seats with cloth-and-vinyl or all-vinyl upholstery or optional Strato bucket seats; and the Cutlass Supreme convertible came with more woodgrain interior accents than the "S", along with an all-vinyl notchback bench seat with armrest or no-cost Strato bucket seats; a center console was optional. An AM/FM stereo radio with a tape player was $[7]

s could still be ordered with the additional W30 option, which included the still-potent L77 engine, rated at &#;hp (&#;kW) and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)s of torque with standard low-restriction dual exhausts. Other notable components of the W30 package included a lightweight aluminum intake manifold, the W25 fiberglass ram-air hood, anti-spin differential with gears ( available), and heavy duty cooling. Due to the low-vacuum at idle, air conditioning was not available, and power brakes were only available with an automatic transmission. Only W30 convertibles and W30 coupes were produced in

A special edition Hurst/Olds paced the Indianapolis in The H/O coupe was based on the notchback Cutlass Supreme Holiday coupe (not offered with the option) and the Cutlass Supreme convertible, both of which came standard with a net horsepower Rocket four-barrel V8 or optional net horsepower W option Both H/O engines were mated to Turbo transmissions with console-mounted Hurst Dual Gate shifters. A H/O Vista Cruiser was provided for the Medical Director.

Appearance changes included a silver grille with black surround, black headlight bezels, round parking lights in front bumper, and 3-section horizontal tail lights.

Third generation[edit]


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Originally expected to debut for the model year, the new "Colonnade" body style was delayed until due to an auto workers strike in The body was redesigned to feature massive 5-foot (&#;m) long doors and energy absorbing bumpers. The rear windows were fixed and the roof was reinforced in anticipation of roll-over standards being imposed by the government. These cars were a few hundred pounds heavier and slightly larger than the 's.

Consistent with , the option remained a handling and appearance package, code W, and was available on the Cutlass and Cutlass "S". It consisted of a faux louvered hood, FE2 suspension, specific grilles, emblems and stripes. Items such as dual exhaust and super stock wheels were optional, reflecting an industry-wide weaning of U.S. consumers from large powerful cars.

The W (that had &#;hp (&#;kW) in ) had become a trim package. The L77 "V" code was there, but only with the 4-speed wide-ratio M transmission. was also the last year of the 4-speed manual transmission in the Oldmobile "A" body. The L77 "V" code produced net HP, the L75 "U" code AT produced &#;hp (&#;kW), while the "K" code single exhaust produced &#;hp (&#;kW) and the "M" code with dual exhausts produced &#;hp (&#;kW). Positraction rear ends, axle ratios, gauges, Super Stock wheels, HD cooling and many sport type options were optional. The L77 "V" code engine was also available in the Hurst/Olds without A/C, code W, the W L75 "U" code was standard with A/C. Both s used the Turbo Hydra-matic transmission, while the was mated to the Turbo

Interior trims for the '73 included a cloth/vinyl or all-vinyl bench seat and rubber mats on base Cutlass coupe, while Cutlass S included full carpeting on floor and lower door panels, woodgrain trim, deluxe steering wheel and more luxurious cloth-and-vinyl or all-vinyl bench seat, or optional swiveling Strato bucket seats with vinyl trim that could be rotated 90 degrees for easy exit/entry. Center console with floor shifter was optional with either the 4-speed manual or Turbo Hydra-matic transmissions.


The received the same facelift as other Cutlasses that year including a revised grille and new flush taillights over a newly mandated 5&#;mph (&#;km/h) rear bumper to match the similarly mandated front bumper introduced in ' It remained a handling and appearance package available on both base Cutlass and Cutlass S Colonnade coupes. Engine offerings included the standard horsepower (&#;kW) Rocket four-barrel V8 or optional horsepower (&#;kW) Rocket , which reintroduced the W code that signified the top engine option package from to Power steering and Turbo Hydra-matic transmission became standard equipment on and all other Cutlass models. The four-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter was dropped from the option list. GM-specification radial tires were introduced as an option.

Interiors were similar to with cloth-and-vinyl or all-vinyl bench seats standard, or optional swiveling Strato bucket seats with Moroceen vinyl upholstery. The center console with floor shifter was optional with bucket seats.


The received revised vertical-bar grilles and continued with vertically stacked taillight lenses. It was once again a handling/appearance package on base Cutlass and Cutlass S coupes with content similar to previous years. Radial tires became standard equipment, along with a GM High Energy electronic ignition.

All engines were mated to catalytic converters, which required use of unleaded gasoline and spelled the end of true dual exhausts. With economy now a selling point following the –74 energy crisis, the and most other Cutlass models no longer included a V8 engine as standard equipment. For the first time since its introduction, the came standard with a six-cylinder engine, Chevrolet's cubic-inch inline unit which had previously been offered on some Oldsmobile intermediates from to and the compact Omega since its introduction. Also new was a small Oldsmobile-built cubic-inch Rocket V8 specifically designed for fuel economy. The horsepower Rocket V8 was now an extra-cost option along with the horsepower V8. A three-speed manual transmission was reinstated as standard equipment with the six-cylinder engine, with the Turbo Hydra-matic transmission optional with that engine and the only transmission offered with the V8 engines. Interiors again consisted of bench seats with cloth-and-Moroceen vinyl or all-Moroceen trim, or optional swiveling Strato buckets upholstered in Moroceen vinyl. Revised door panels featured pull straps. The console remained an option with bucket seats.

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Due to Detroit's conversion from SAE Gross horsepower ratings (commonly referred to as "brake horsepower" (bhp) to SAE net for the model year, and ever-more stringent Federal emissions standards, engine output continued to significantly decline. The equipped with a was rated by Oldsmobile at just &#;hp at rpm and &#;lb-ft at rpm.[15]


The shared a new aerodynamic sloped nose designed for NASCAR with split grilles and new quad rectangular headlights with Cutlass S models, along with revised lower sheetmetal with fewer creases than the –75 models. The option was offered on Cutlass S coupes and was once again an appearance/handling package. Engine/transmission offerings were unchanged from except that the V8 could be ordered with a five-speed manual transmission. This was also the final year for the Rocket V8. Interiors again consisted of bench seats with cloth-and-Moroceen vinyl or all-Moroceen trim, or optional swiveling Strato buckets upholstered in Moroceen vinyl. A console was optional with bucket seats.

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The model year was the last for the vintage Colonnade body. The was the only Oldsmobile intermediate to feature the NASCAR sloped nose from the '76 model, with the Cutlass S switching to an upright nose similar to Cutlass Supreme models. Engine offerings were revised, with Buick's cubic-inch V6 replacing the base model Chevy inline-six, with optional powerplants again including the Oldsmobile built and cubic-inch Rocket V8s. Replacing the as the top engine was a new Oldsmobile cubic-inch Rocket V8 rated at horsepower (&#;kW). Transmission offerings included a three-speed manual or Turbo Hydra-matic with the V6, five-speed manual or Turbo Hydra-matic for the V8, and Turbo Hydra-matic was the sole offering for the and V8s. Interiors included a standard bench seat with cloth-and-vinyl or all-vinyl bench seat, or optional Strato bucket seats with all-vinyl upholstery and without the swiveling feature of previous years. The console remained optional with bucket seats.

Fourth generation[edit]


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Another limited-edition model was offered from through on the downsized A-body Cutlass introduced for the model year. Engines varied from a base L V6 to a 4bbl. There was no available to any offered in or A special-edition Hurst/Olds was also offered in

The –9 version of the was an option package on the semi-fastback "Aeroback" Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon, which was the lower-trim version of the best-selling Cutlass model range. It was offered with all powertrains available, including the c.i.d., 2V V6, the c.i.d. 2V V8, and c.i.d. 2V () or 4V () V8s. Transmissions offered were 3-spd automatic with all engines, 5 spd manual with the V8 and a 4 spd Saginaw manual with the V8.

Distinctive trim elements included contrasting striping along the rocker panels and lower doors, over both wheel wells, badging on the rear trunk, and interior emblems. All other options offered on the Cutlass Salon were available with the option package.


The is based on the Cutlass Salon body style. The Hurst Olds H/O was offered again and was the only GM intermediate to have a ci. engine. Oldsmobile &#;CIDV8.


The model moved to the notchback Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais to return to its roots as a performance car as it had a larger V8 engine not available on other Cutlass models. It included W badging on the front fenders above the side marker lights, with less dramatic graphics. Otherwise, the cars shared identical powertrain, (without the Hurst shifter), with the H/O. Also available only in gold over white or gold over black paint, a total of were built, in black, and in white. The MSRP of a Cutlass Calais in was $6, Option W appearance and handling package consisted of: gold accent paint scheme (Y71), painted grille face, applique pillar molding, aluminum sport wheels, "W" decals on front fender, tail lamp bezel and rear window molding to match body color, "" emblem on sail panel and deck lid, liter engine ( CID) V8, 4-bbl (L34), sport console (D55), Rallye suspension package (FE2), P/70R14 steel belted radial ply blackwall tires with raised white letters (QFV) and a digital clock (UE8). The W option was not available in California.

The option was not available from to , but the Hurst/Olds returned for and

Fifth generation[edit]

Main article: Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

The name was revived in [16] on the rear-wheel driveG-bodyOldsmobile Cutlass Supreme due to the demise of Oldsmobile and Hurst's official collaboration on the Hurst/Olds but Oldsmobile wanted to continue to offer a performance-oriented Cutlass model to the public. The name was now defined as referring to the car's four-speed r4 automatic transmission, four-barrel carburetor, and two exhausts. This W42 model replaced the and Hurst/Olds models and used the same &#;L LG8 V8. The shifter was mounted on the floor in a console between the front seats, and the upgraded F41 suspension package was included. 3, were produced in the first year, and all were sold quickly. 4, were produced for , and 4, were made in

All and s used the already-sporty Cutlass Salon model as their base platform. Due to cost concerns, for it was decided they would use the less-expensive Cutlass Supreme model to base the on. The package included a beefier drive train, 15 X 7 fully chromed styled-steel wheels with gold trim, manually inflated air shocks in the rear, special paint scheme (always silver at the bottom) and gold body stripe decal package, dual-snorkel air cleaner with chrome lid, mandatory A/C and door panel emblems. With few exceptions (vinyl tops, painted pinstripes, chrome outside mirrors and wire wheel covers, for example), s could be ordered with much of the optional equipment found on other Cutlass models.

The Hurst/Olds and –87 were equipped with an inch GM corporate differential and all were equipped with ring and pinion final drive gears. Rather than using the weaker inch rear differential found in the Monte Carlo SS, these models used the same stout unit found in the Buick Grand National. Many s (and G-body Hurst/Olds) did not come with RPO G80 (limited-slip). This was, in large part, due to dealer ordering "packages" that grouped popular options together for ease of ordering. Problem was, G80 was not part of a single one of those popular option packages, but could be added a la carte.

The –84 Hurst/Olds and – s are distinguishable by there being a "9" as the engine code found in the 8th character of their VINs. These were the only models to get the hotter VIN 9 cubic inch engine, and it was the only engine available. From to , this engine was flat-tappet valve train, and rated at &#;hp/&#;lb•ft torque. In , the engine received a roller-camshaft valve train and new swirl-port heads to improve economy and low-end torque. HP dropped to , with torque climbing to LBS FT. The used an OZ code THM R transmission (as did the –84 Hurst/Olds). Both and used the KZF code THM R. The KZF removed much of the shift harshness of the original OZ coded transmissions, but were still firmer than the run-of-the-mill overdrive transmissions used in the rest of Oldsmobile's lineup.

Sixth generation[edit]

Main article: Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais

The option was revived on the Quad front-wheel drive – Cutlass Calais.[17] This model used a &#;L LG0 Quad-4four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder and two camshafts. The engine was tuned with higher output camshafts which produced more top end power at the expense of idle quality. It used a single exhaust with a dual tipped muffler and produced &#;hp (&#;kW) with a five-speed manual transmission.

This version of the also played upon the "W" option code used in past versions of the , the exception being that this model used the option code "W". A low production, late model year version used the option code "W"; the key differences of the "W" package were a &#;hp (&#;kW) engine with a differently geared five-speed transmission.

This model lasted just two years.

Production totals:

"W" = 2,

"W" = 1,

"W" =

GM literature referred to the and Oldsmobile Achieva SCX as a , the last time the designation was used. The Achieva SCX used the same W41 drive train as the very limited production W


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