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For Sale: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass in Roanoke, Virginia

$29,000 (OBO)
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Vehicle Description

1971 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Tribute

This is a Cutlass Supreme Convertible that has had all exterior cosmetic treatment and interior down to rally pack gauges, Hurst Dual-Gate shifter and console done to original 442 standards.  The drive train is the original 350 Olds Rocket with 4bbl Quadrajet and TH350 automatic transmission.

The car went through a comprehensive professional restoration between 2010 and 2017 and is always garaged.  Only driven in rain if an unexpected storm popped up.  The underside of the car is as pristine as the top.

It has been driven approximately 3,000 miles since the restoration; original mileage is 98,804

I prefer not to sell but have agreed to a “one out before the another comes in” policy with my wife!!  I’m pre-ordering one of the 2020 mid-engine Corvettes so selling the 442 Tribute.

The work and evident pride in workmanship done on this car makes the proverbial get in it and drive across the country a reality. Absolutely everything works on this car.  The following have 3,000 or less miles on them.

  • All interior and exterior lights are new and work, even the map light under the dash
  • All new gaskets / seals on drive-train from engine, to transmission to rear-end; there are no leaks under this car
  • Converted to HEI ignition for reliability and power
  • Original Quadrajet carburetor expertly rebuilt and tuned by John Herald (OldsMotion) in 2018
  • Full front and rear suspension rebuild including steering box / rag joint, A-arm bushings, sway-bars, coil springs, shocks, idler arm, center link, and ball joints
  • Front calipers / discs /pads and rear drums / shoes, rear wheel cylinders, master cylinder, brake lines and fluid
  • 4 core radiator, heater control valve and fan clutch
  • Water and fuel pumps
  • Air conditioning blows ice cold with new hoses and converted to readily available R134a freon
  • All belts and hoses; full cooling system flush and pressure test
  • Convertible top hydraulic motor and lines / cables
  • Battery and starter
  • 15” tires and ION rims

Mechanically the car is outstanding

  • When engine is cold it takes 5 to 6 pumps of the accelerator pedal and then starts right up
  • TH350 transmission shifts at correct shift points, downkicks as it should and has nice firm shifts when pushing it a bit harder
  • Warm oil pressure at idle is 28psi and 40+psi above 2,000RPM
  • During hot summer days in Virginia (95+ degrees) coolant temp hasn’t gone above 180 degrees, even with AC running and idling in traffic (love those 4 core radiators!)
  • Absolutely no smoke (white, blue of black) at startup or any other time
  • No knocks, ticks, or other noises from any component of the drive-train

Cosmetically the car is outstanding as well; during restoration the car received:


  • Hopefully the pictures are of good enough quality to see that this car is straighter than the day it came off the factory floor; there are no waves or ripples whatsoever when looking across or down the car
  • Please see pictures of the hood, doors and trunk gaps; the gaps are better than when new
  • With the exception of the hood (fiberglass) this is an all steel car
  • Multi-layer Dupont paint (GM Code 72 Carousel Red / Hugger Orange); there are no scratches, stone chips or other items requiring paint correction
  • No frame repair was necessary
  • Frame and undercarriage gloss black paint (no Ziebart type coatings to hide things)
  • New right and left full rear quarters (nothing chopped or pieced together)
  • Fiberglass (steel reinforced) ram-air hood and hood pin kit
  • Reproduction 442 W30 rear spoiler
  • Re-chromed front and rear bumpers
  • New windshield; no scratches or pitting on side glass
  • New convertible top, back glass, pads, well liner and boot cover
  • 100% of the chrome trim is present and in excellent condition
  • 100% of door, windows, hood and trunk weatherstripping / seals replaced with high quality reproductions


  • Front bucket seats – fully restored in May 2018 by King's Upholstery; original frames, any broken / sagging springs replaced, rebuilt seat foam, new PUI covers, and InlineTube seat backs / headrests / tilt buttons
  • Rear seat – previously restored
  • All seat belts are functional with no tears / unraveling of webbing; even has the three rear seat buckle-clips that keep the belts from swinging around
  • New RallyPac gauges and sending units (oil pressure, coolant temp, and fuel) including tik-tok tach with clock
  • Great condition OEM 4spoke 442 steering wheel
  • Reconditioned center console with no breaks or cracks, even on lid hinge area
  • Reconditioned Hurst DualGate shifter with new cable, clips and gaskets
  • New right and left door panels and window cranks; armrests are original but in very good condition
  • New sill plates
  • New black carpet
  • New trunk mat; original jack

The car does have a few minor flaws:

  • The wood-grain panel behind the left rear window crank has a 1/8” tear and 1.5” scratch in it from the window crank being too close when reinstalled
  • This was originally a bench seat / column shift car; the original column shift collar (but not the lever) is still on steering column. The gear indicator on speedometer is ¼ of a position off.  The car goes in all positions correctly it is just the indicator is a bit off
  • While less than a year old, the front headrests each have a 1.5” diameter circle where it looks like the finish faded or something was against them when the finish was curing
  • There is a pen tip size ding about 1/32” deep in rear bumper

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1246195
  • Price:$29,000 (OBO)
  • Location:Roanoke, Virginia
  • Year:1971
  • Make:Oldsmobile
  • Model:Cutlass
  • Exterior Color:GM 72 Carousel Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:98804
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Aftermarket Wheels:Yes
  • Restoration History:Fully Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Electronic Ignition:Yes
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive

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