The other day I shared some of Curtis Perry’s shots of Oldsmobiles in retirement. That is always a somewhat gloomy subject, so today let’s perk up the mood a bit with some Oldses still hale and hearty. This shot of a 1970 Cutlass Supreme four door hardtop in the parking lot of the Hilltop House Restaurant in North Bend, OR, is a gem. Suddenly its 1970! The Hilltop looks to have been built a few years earlier than that, but then architectural design on the coast of Oregon can be a bit…behind the times.
Since I had to do a bit og Googling to find out where the Hilltop was, here’s the view from the table that someone posted. Classic Oregon coast; there’s a lot of time capsule places like this out here, and next time we’re in North Bend, we’ll have to eat there. Seafood, naturally.
Let’s move the time machine up five years, and savor this very delicious 1975 Cutlass Colonnade coupe shot in Portlandia. With all those rippling muscles showing on its flanks, it looks like it’s been working out to keep its youthful figure. And a Toyota van is trying to nose into the shot.
And let’s bump up the time machine four more years, to when this ’79 Cutlass Supreme coupe was new. It too looks fresh as a Newmobile.
This circa 1988 Cutlass Supreme looks a bit less new. Do older Olds age faster?
Last stop is 1993, when this pristine Ninety Eight first prowled the streets of Green River, Utah. These 98s had a rep for shedding their cheap plasti-chrome trim, but that missing line on the upper part of the back door looks like it was a pinstripe. Do those detach too?