Did you miss out on the Cutlass Decade? Do you wish you could still get one? Well, sadly, that isn’t in the cards, but one thing you CAN do, if you’re so inclined, is snag this burnt orange survivor. Such a deal!
Sometimes I will spy a CC from the road, and for whatever reason, not stop. This has come to bite me on the butt on several occasions, such as the ’86 Volvo 740 Turbo that once belonged to a family friend. It had been parked in the same lot for years, and I saw it only two weeks ago, but didn’t stop. Well, this morning at the junkyard, what did I see, but that very same car, in the new arrivals section. Drat!
So fresh from that experience, this afternoon I finally pulled the Town Car off to the side of the road to get a few shots of this surviving Barney Miller-era Olds. I have been passing it for weeks, so it was about time!
I won’t rehash the downsized A-body and A-Special story, but in a nutshell, these Colonnade replacements may not have been quite as sharp as the 1976-77 model to me, but they did look good–and sold well! With their newly de-flabbed chassis and sheetmetal, they handled better than ever–though most folks in the Cutlass Brigade were more interested in silence and comfort.
This one does not have the Brougham trim level, so no poofy, floating-pillow seats to coddle you, but it did have the optional Landau roof! A Brougham-poster?
This car was not mint, but was not really banged up either. Yes, it had a splitting driver’s seat, the ever-common Multi-Fade interior components, and some rust, but it still looked serviceable. Just hop in and drive away!
The back seat was clean too. For those of you too young to remember, that is a collapsible ashtray in the back of the driver’s seat. Ashtrays were once as important in cars as cupholders are today! It was a different time.
This example earned extra points from me with what appeared to be original paint and pinstriping. And those color-keyed Super Stock wheels are always a plus!
73,000 miles is not bad, if it is original. It would have been nice if the info sheet said whether it had the 231 V6 or 350 Olds. I was too lazy to crawl under the car. Obviously the original asking price was about as firm as warm Jello, as the windshield now proclaims “$800 Firm”.
Other than a little rust in the rear quarters and rear bumper, this looked like a solid driver–driver’s door crease notwithstanding. Not a show car, but a little TLC and compounding could make for a very nice driver. Hope it finds the right caretaker, and not someone who will put chrome Conestoga wheels and pearlescent pink paint with purple polka-dots on it!