A few days ago, I was on my way up to Grand Rapids, Minnesota to negotiate a potential vehicle purchase. Along the way I caught a glimpse of this Oldsmobile in the snow and on the return trip, I took a few minutes to stop and check it out.
Unfortunately, the car was pretty well covered with snow. There were several angles that I just couldn’t shoot. But despite the knee-deep snow around it, I waded in to see what I could.
This is what’s known around the shop as a “20-20” car; it looks best from 20 feet away, passing you at 20 miles per hour. The closer you look, the less attractive it becomes.
Paintwise, this one left plenty to be desired. Sure, it was recently painted, but it had an orange-peel texture to it–not my kinda finish. Likewise, I can’t fault them for choosing Cragar SS wheels, but I can’t stand to see them looking so weathered.
And of course, any time I see cheap paint on an old car in Minnesota, my thoughts immediately turn to rust getting covered in Bondo. Wonder how much mud was hiding on this Olds?
The interior shot didn’t quite turn out, what with the dirty glass and the glare. But you can plainly make out what’s going on in there: “tuxedo” colors (black dash/console/carpet, white seats/door panels), vinyl buckets, and an automatic. Not a bad look… but still, too bad the vinyl wasn’t in better shape.
It’s not difficult to tell what color this one was previously. But even that might not have been its original color.
Wonder if it had a side mirror before they painted it?
As nice as it was to see this Cutlass (there are so few around in any condition), I don’t know that I’d want to own it. It may run and drive, but the cost to properly undo its former owners’ misdeeds would surely add up fast.
The car was parked on the lawn, facing the road–a position one generally only places a car in when it’s for sale. There was no sign on the car, though, so I figured I’d walk up to the motel office and see what the (likely ridiculous) asking price was.
I didn’t find anyone around to answer my questions. But I did find this Lincoln, likewise buried in the snow.
What will happen to these cars come spring? That’s anybody’s guess. But hopefully, someone will care enough to air up their tires, charge their batteries, and keep them from sinking into the ground.