Vehicle Description

Everyone says they want a Chevelle, but the cars we have the most difficulty keeping in stock are under $35k muscle cars like this extremely nice, dialed-in 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Dressed in classic, bold colors and offering the near-perfect blend of performance and luxury, it's no surprise that these are gaining traction as some of the best collector cars to own.

While all the A-bodies shared some underpinnings, somehow the Olds got the most dramatic sheetmetal, with that seductive kick-up behind the doors and a sweeping front end. Finishing it in Green Metallic certainly helps emphasize the car's finer points, because as we all know, it's nearly impossible to hide bad bodywork under dark paint. The work was finished not long ago and shows a few signs of use, but still looks great today, making this the kind of car that stands out without making a spectacle of itself. Instead, onlookers will surely appreciate the deep shine of the finish, the black hockey-stick side stripes, and the contrasting black vinyl top. Twin grilles up front have an intricate egg crate pattern, a theme that is echoed in the taillight lenses, the big deck lid spoiler looks primed for battle, and all the correct badges have been installed where they belong, so despite this being a restored car, this Olds looks just about the way GM intended. Big, shiny bumpers are fore and aft, with dual trumpet exhaust tips poking out of the bottom of the rear bumper to complete the killer look.

This Cutty certainly looks like a luxury car inside, where black vinyl bench seats add to the upscale atmosphere. The upholstery is in original condition with signs of age throughout, but most of the damage is on the driver's side front bench, while the remaining soft materials are still very presentable. The carpets are plush, and the wood applique on the dash and door panels adds a touch of sophistication to this muscle car's cabin. Although it appears that this Olds was originally a factory air car, the components are long gone and would need to be replaced, and the original radio is still in place in the center of the wrap-around black dash. The stock two-spoke Olds steering wheel looks right in place atop a tilt column, and a set of seatbelts from the factory add a modicum of safety up front. The three-pod gauges with their clear black-and-white markings look great, the bright needles are still vivid, and even the woodgraining on the dash is fairly convincing. Open the ample trunk and you'll find neatly-painted pans that show off the straight, factory sheetmetal and an original full-size spare and jack set in tow that's probably been in place since 1972.

Guys who know Oldsmobiles know that their engines from the muscle car era are as durable as a block of granite and, the 425 V8 in this Cutty makes great torque that its siblings over at Chevy and Pontiac can only envy. With a unique sound, this smooth-running, rebuilt motor fires easily and offers a slightly lumpy idle that hints of big performance to come. Aside from a dual set of Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetors and an MSD ignition coil, there aren't many performance upgrades, but none are really needed as this Cutty handles itself quite well in any situation. Dress-up pieces like the open-element finned air cleaner and shiny Edelbrock valve covers boost the presentation in an already tidy and clean engine bay, highlighting a well-maintained machine that has never needed major surgery. It's backed by a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission and a set of highway-friendly gears in the 10-bolt rear-end, so it just loafs along at cruising speeds, making it the ideal car for long road trips. Power steering allows for relaxed two-finger driving, and responsive power front disc brakes stop the whole show on command. Black-and-chrome Super Stock II wheels always look best on an Oldsmobile and wear 255/60/15 white-letter BFGoodrich radials all around.

This '72 Olds Cutlass offers a lot of bang for the buck, great V8 performance, and a look that will get attention everywhere it goes, all for the fraction of the price of a used Honda. What's not to love? Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1410783
  • Price:$33,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1972
  • Make:Oldsmobile
  • Model:Cutlass
  • Exterior Color:Green Metallic
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:2915
  • Stock Number:4317-DFW
  • VIN:3F87H2M101326