William Garrett shot this rather rare Cutlass Supreme convertible appropriately enough in Sunnyvale, CA. Why the loop-handle? Because the Cutlass’ door handles were embedded in the B-pillar, and GM wasn’t going to spend the money to retool that. And of course it also meant that the coupe’s shoulder belt anchors didn’t have to be relocated either. Convenient, but the visual result is a bit less than ideal.
Presumably the loop handle also made the structure a bit more solid, making the conversion by C&C easier.
That dash isn’t exactly visually ideal either.
The standard engine was the 160 hp 3.1 L V6, and the 210 hp 3.4 L DOHC V6 was optional. Do the quad exhaust tips indicate the 3.4? Are any of these DOHC 3.4’s still on the road? Given their notorious fragility, I rather suspect this one has the 3.1, with its beloved blattty exhaust.