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Junkyard Gem: 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Cruiser


Mar 10, 2023
Junkyard Gem: 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Cruiser


For the 1964 by 1972 model years, GM’s Buick and Oldsmobile Divisions produced midsize station wagons with amazing fighter-jet-fashion roof windows. The Buick model was Skylark-dependent and badged as the Sportwagon, even though Oldsmobile employed a stretched Cutlass chassis as the foundation for the Vista-Cruiser. For 1973, the Vista-Cruiser got the very same wheelbase as its sedan si, while the “Skyroof” went away. Commencing in 1974 and continuing by way of 1976, Oldsmobile released a a little bit more cost-effective version of the Vista-Cruiser (certainly, there is certainly a sprint in the product identify, as witnessed in GM internet marketing elements, though not on motor vehicle emblems) and named it the Cutlass Supreme Cruiser. That is what we have got for present-day Junkyard Gem, a ’75 identified in a self-assistance lawn although I was assortment-screening a Kia EV6 around Reno, Nevada.

The 1975 Vista-Cruiser (or Vista Cruiser, if you like) had fake-woodgrain trim on its flanks and a sunroof up entrance, furthermore typically snazzier upholstery. The Cutlass Supreme Cruiser was mechanically similar, but price tag a lot less: Record cost for the two-seat-row Vista-Cruiser was $4,888, even though its Cutlass Supreme Cruiser counterpart price tag $4,678 (that is about $27,845 and $26,649 in 2022 pounds).

Olds Cutlass Supremes have been selling like mad when this wagon was new, with the Cutlass line hitting the #1 spot in US-sector automobile profits in 1976.

Did Oldsmobile slap Vista Cruiser emblems on the doorway panels of all Cutlass-centered wagons in 1975, or did someone swap doorway panels from yet another wagon into this car many years later? If you know the solution, make sure you explain to us in the reviews!

The create sticker on the door suggests this motor vehicle was assembled at Doraville Assembly in Ga, which shut down immediately after the past Chevy Uplander was created there in 2008. That possible implies that this motor vehicle was sold in the Southeast and was pushed west afterwards on, since Cutlasses offered in Nevada would have occur from Fremont Assembly in California (the place Teslas are developed right now).

The engine is Oldsmobile’s Rocket 350 (5.7-liter) pushrod V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, rated at 180 horsepower. If you desired far more electrical power and one-digit gasoline overall economy, a 455-cubic-inch Olds V8 and its 210 horses could be yours for an more $119 ($678 today). Later in the 10 years, GM angered shoppers by setting up Chevrolet engines in cars and trucks badged by higher-status divisions, but all associates of the 1975 Cutlass family obtained authentic Oldsmobile ability. A 3-pace automatic transmission was regular in all 1975 Oldsmobile wagons.

With a handful of exceptions, you had to get far more upscale than an Olds Cutlass to get tunes and/or refrigerated air at no more price tag in 1975. That Delco AM radio, ideal for buzzing out your most loved Doobie Brothers or War tunes that year, extra $73 to the out-the-doorway value of this vehicle ($416 nowadays), and if you required a next speaker you additional 19 bucks ($108 now). The A/C was a big-ticket item, costing $453 ($2,581 right after inflation).

These stripes have the glance of reliable mid-1970s customization, but could have been utilized a bit later on.

The hood hinges are frozen good and the inside got nuked challenging by the sunshine, so this motor vehicle probably sat motionless in the great outside for several years, maybe a long time, in advance of coming to this spot.

The last product yr for a new Oldsmobile station wagon was 1996, when the final Cutlass Cruisers (based on the getting older Ciera) had been offered. 8 years afterwards, Oldsmobile alone was discontinued.

No marvel Cutlasses offered so nicely in the center 1970s! Unfortunately, it appears that the swivel buckets with reversible vinyl/cloth cushions weren’t out there on the wagons.

It really is a great experience to have an Olds all around you.

The sedans and coupes offered so well that Oldsmobile’s marketers did not trouble to push the wagons as substantially in their Tv promoting.

When your Vista-Cruiser wants a new muffler and you happen to be much from home, what do you do?

The 1974-1976 Cutlass Supreme Cruiser has not had several cinematic roles, but you can locate them if you appear tough enough. Skip to 33:00 to see the Cutlass Supreme Cruiser in motion.

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