This 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible has been upgraded to the
big V8, plenty of 442-style appeal, and an interior with plenty of
the right luxuries. So it's an all-around great drop-top cruiser
that also has some serious muscle whenever you want it.
These cars are known for their Coke-bottle curves, so it only seems
fitting to have one finished in red with a white top. And not only
does the profile have style, but so do the details. You see it in
the way the chrome bumpers are an integral part of the design, and
the hood has a deeply dipping center to give extra definition to
the dual grilles. This drop-top also gets the sporty look right
with 442 badges, hood vent trim, large dual exhaust tips, and Super
Stock wheels. So this one knows how to signal that there's a big V8
within even before you let the exhaust rumble (more on that in a
The upgrade to a white interior means you get the same Coca-Cola
style with the roof up or down. There are even nice details, like
the matching white convertible boot cover and premium wood-like
trim. This has all the right features for a comfortable cruiser,
like a power convertible top, an AM/FM/CD stereo, and provisions
for factory air conditioning upgraded to R134a (it will need
servicing to blow cold again.) These might have been classified as
the intermediate size, but that still means plenty of room for up
to six people to spread out over two rows of wide benches. But
anytime you want individual comfort, the folding armrest gives the
driver a bucket seat style feeling. And the tilt column and round
gauge package - including a factory tach - makes this a driver
This one earns its 442 badging with an upgrade to Oldsmobile's
mighty 455 cubic-inch V8. It's upgraded further with an Edelbrock
four-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock Performer intake. And as you
look around the engine bay, you'll spot more worthwhile
investments, including a new dual master cylinder and an aluminum
radiator. The V8 fires up nicely, runs strong, and makes a proper
V8 tune from the dual exhaust. It's a big power machine, but it
also settles into an easy cruising nature with ease. That's thanks
to features like a four-speed automatic transmission, power
steering, power brakes, and upgraded Wilwood front discs.
This is the loaded Olds drop-top with some terrific power under
your foot. It's a cool classic with plenty of muscle car flair.
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