Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible – Loop Handle

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.

Related reading:

Curbside Classic: 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme – Rehabilitating The GM10 Cutlass

CCCCC Part 13: 1992 Cutlass Supreme – How The Mighty Have Fallen