CC Capsule: 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Coupe And Speed Boat: Suddenly It’s 1973

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Something about this scene struck me as a real time warp. Yes, there are a few old Cutlasses around. And one does occasionally see a fast speed boat, although much less commonly than a kayak on a Subaru, hereabouts. Nowadays, power boats are invariably hitched  behind a big, tall pickup, not a ’68 Cutlass. But this is the kind of rig one would so readily have seen in the early seventies, driven by a guy with big sideburns and longish hair, heading for the lake with a cooler-full of beer and a girl with really serious hair. Even the Cutlass’ ass-high stance is period correct.

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The boat trailer is obviously well balanced, given that it seems not to have had much effect on the Cutlass’ rear end. I only hope the boat isn’t balanced too far back and lifting up on the hitch; that’s a recipe for disaster, as I once found out the hard way on the Ventura freeway.

The Cutlass S came standard with a 250hp version of the Olds 350 V8, and a four-barrel high-compression version with 310 was optional (the 250 six could be had too if you really wanted it). In either case, enough to get the job done, although the two-speed Jetaway automatic wouldn’t have done it any favors, especially on hills. What’s under the tarp? Whatever it is, it undoubtedly has a lot more beans than the Cutlass. But then that’s kind of the whole idea, right?

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